Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Education of African American Children

Nothing saddened me more than the fact that three of my African American female students had no idea what the term "lynching" meant. These were otherwise, decently educated young black women seeking a career in the medical field.
During our exploration of medical ethics, we were watching a film about the "Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment" which took place in the 1930's. This experiment was responsible for the spreading of syphilis to thousands of African American people in Tuskegee, Alabama.
During the course of the film, the main character suggested that his brother had been killed by lynching. The students turned to me and asked what it meant. My heart fell to my knees at the thought that any African American child in the United States would not recognize what this term meant.
With a lack of understanding like this, it's no wonder that Tiger Woods was able to blow off the comment made by the news reporter some weeks ago.
You see, the problem is that our children are sitting in classrooms with people who either don't care that they learn or who have their hands tied by the system when it comes to how and what they teach.
In Texas, teachers spend a disproportionate amount of their time teaching to a standardized test. How on earth do you standardize one's education? Every person learns in a different way and at different speeds. Some learn by seeing, some learn by listening, and some learn by doing. There are also those people who have testing phobias that prohibit them from doing well on any test. Yet the powers that be have deemed it necessary to gauge a persons intelligence using these standardized tests. They have even gone so far as to connect the teachers ability to get a bonus with the success of the students on the standardized test.
Field trips to the museum, symphonies, and other cultural outlets are few and far between because teachers are in constant fear of losing their jobs if their students don't perform well. Therefore, many of them don't even bother addressing a holistic approach to learning which would include learning ones history, culture, and background.
It's no wonder that these three young ladies had no idea what lynching meant. The issue here is that if we forget our history, we will be doomed to repeat. When the atrocities that were inflicted upon African Americans is all but forgotten, a new reign of terror is bound to come about: Jena 6, nooses hanging at prominent fortune 500 companies, a man dragged to death in Jasper, Texas.
We must begin to teach our children about their history and make it relevant for them today. If the schools won't do it, we have to. We can no longer afford to relegate this most important task to people who could care less if we know what has happened to us in the past.
This Black History Month, let's make it our business to learn all we can and share it with everyone we know.
Cheryl Lacey-Donovan is an author, educator, and inspirational speaker. Cheryl is also the host of Worth More Than Rubies an internet radio talk show that airs on []
She has been a mentor for Christian Women Today for one year and is the founder of A Virtuous Woman-31.
Cheryl has been happily married for 14 years to her husband Keith and she has two adult sons and a stepdaughter. She is a member of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vital Tips to Get the Right Education to Win

There is lots of Forex education available free online and here we are going to give you some tips on finding the best that can lead you to currency trading success.
Here are your Forex info sources to look up.
1. FREE Info
Most of what you will need can be found free on the net. Many of the e-books sold by vendors simply rehash what is found on the net and you can avoid paying for it by simply seeking out the right sources - search around and see what you find and you will stumble upon some good sources.
If you are your trading on Forex technical analysis you can find everything you need to know about indicators and chart patterns to build your own trading system. For a novice trader this is the best way to trade, avoid trading news - it's simply stories that reflect the losing majority, so avoid it.
Your aim is to trade the truth and simply follow price trends and everything you need can be found free - you need something more but I will return to this in a moment.
2. Expert Systems
All over the net claiming they can make you rich with mechanical systems and most will lose. Why? Because - they rely on clever marketing copy and simulated track records done in hindsight. If you see an ad that looks to good to be true pass it by, it is - has never been traded and simply put together by a marketing company.
3. Forex forums.
I took a look around a few of the top forums before I wrote this article and my look confirmed by suspicion full of losing traders.
The guys giving advice are generally people who can't make any money trading Forex and it makes them feel better and big to give out their wisdom. I have been a trader for 25 years and never bothered using Forex forums and don't think you should either.
4. The Edge
To make money you need a method and that's easily constructed from free info on the net which we touched on in point 1.
You can easily build a system based upon breakout methodology, support resistance and a few momentum indicators and win at Forex - just one word of caution:
You will have heard how it's essential in currency trading and it is but it's very hard to acquire that's why 95% of traders wipe out their equity quickly.
To ram home the importance of discipline, go to your local online bookstore and pick up some books by traders who have walked the walk, rather than simply talk the talk.
A few essential books are:
Market Wizards EDIT - Jack Schwager
This book interviews trading legends and lots of them and is one of the most popular investment books of all time and with good reason
The Way of the Turtle - Curtis Faith
This book tells the story of the turtles a group of 14 traders who became legends after learning to trade in 14 days and then earning $100 million in just 4 years.
The Disciplined Trader - Mark Douglas
A bit repetitive but rams home the importance of discipline better than any book I have ever read. The three books above you can pick up for about $60.00 and their worth every cent. They can explain far better than me my discipline is vital yet so hard to achieve.
Always keep in mind if you don't have the discipline to trade your Forex trading system, you don't have one! Trading looks easy yet few succeed - the ones that do build their own trading methods to get confidence which is the first step to trading with discipline.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Novices Guide To Getting The Best Education

If you want to learn forex trading you need to educate yourself the right way and most people don't do this - don't forget 95% lose their money and the main reason is they look for and take the wrong advice.
Let's look at the best forex education and where to get it and learn forex trading the RIGHT way
First Ignore this!
You will see lots of people selling e-books and claiming they can predict the market, trade with 90% odds and make you rich - ignore them and save your money.
None ever come with a track record and most of the so called secrets are free on the net. These e-books give forex trading a bad name, most of the marketing copy is hyped up and without suibstantiation and in many cases downright lies.
Want some good advice?
Then read advice from traders who have walked the walk rather than simply talk the talk and your Amazon bookstore has everything you need.
So what books should you start with?
Let's take a look at a few.
A story that has always fascinated me is the turtle experiment.
Legendary trader Richard Dennis set out to prove that trading could be taughtand took 23 people with no trading experience and taught them to trade in just 14 days - the result?
They made him over $100 million in profits!
Now I am not saying you will get as rich as the turtles - but get the book The Way Of the Turtle" written by Curtis Faith.
He made over 30 million dollars so he knows what he talking about and the book gives you a clear grasp of how the turtles achieved success and the challenges and the rewards of trading forex.
Want another book that has some great trading stories including the turtle story?
Get Market Wizards Edit Jack Shwager - this book simply interviews some of the top traders of all time and is essential reading.
Another great book is Trader Vic by Victor Sperandeo - covers a lot of ground from systems to psychology another trading master.
Now these books will point you in the right direction and its time fro you to devise your own system.
So look up technical analysis and learn about standard deviation and price momentum indicators and build a system based upon the above and the good news is all the information is free on the net.
Forex trading is not easy - but the turtle experiment shows it's potential and will inspire and motivate you to learn forex trading the right way and achieve currency trading success - good luck.