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4 Leaders in Silicon Valley Weigh in on the Future of Education

4 Leaders in Silicon Valley Weigh in on the Future of Education

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Kindergarten Classroom
Kindergarten Classroom

Leaders come in different flavors. Sometimes they lead us down the wrong path … but only if we follow. Sometimes they lead us up the right path … again, only if we follow.

Silicon Valley is a leader in many ways. Right, right … if we follow.

Still, a lot of ideas come out of the Valley. Just wait till I get older. You haven’t seen anything yet. 😎

In the meantime 5 leaders shared their opinions on the future of education.

Box, Inc CEO and founder, Aaron Levie:

Disruption is a key word. Do NOT expect things to be the way they were even yesterday.

Education will become more accessible to more people. And in more digestible parts.

Daddy and I were online this morning doing some investigation while mommy made breakfast.

Google director of education, Maggie Johnson: 

Students have more access to devices.

Students, too, are wired to learn differently.

Students must be allowed to teach themselves and not be constrained by inflexible school environments.

Stanford Design School Director, Sarah Greenberg:

Students need to learn to work across disciplines – not be one-sided.

Students need to learn to collaborate with others in different fields.

Students need to understand fundamentally the fields of others.

Product management director at Google X, Mike Cassidy

Learning should be exciting and fun = enjoyable.

Online learning lets students work at their own pace = personalized.

Students have the option already to find the very best lecturer/story teller/educator on any topic.

It’s not going to be the way it was when daddy went to school. That’s for sure.

How do you think things will be different for your kids in school than when you were in school?

 

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

 

7 illogical parenting phrases to never say

7 illogical parenting phrases to never say

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Parents Time Out
Parents Don’t Make Sense

Even parents don’t make sense sometimes.

Here are 7 expressions that some parents say that just plain don’t make sense. Daddy calls them sick log calls. (Ed. illogical)

1. Don’t look at me like that. Or don’t look at me with those eyes.

Hello?! These are the only eyes I have. Should I go out and borrow somebody else’s? Or maybe I should keep an extra pair or two or three in my room just in case?

2. Stop making that face. It’ll freeze.

I can freeze my daddy’s face. Ice ice ice! He’ll stop moving, too. Seriously, will my face really get frozen in one position. Even if I make the same face a lot? And how do I make the same face the same way? I am not sure I can do that.

3. If you act like a child, I’ll treat you like one.

Um… in case you weren’t looking. I am a child.

4. Be quiet! I can’t hear myself think.

Maybe it’s because you are talking too loud. Not me.

5. Children should be seen and not heard.

Tip toe through the tulips, um, living room and dining room and kitchen and bathroom …

6. One of these days, you’ll thank me.

So, I shouldn’t be thankful now?

7. Because I said so. That’s why?

That explanation works sometimes. Because I know you have some experience that I don’t. But sometimes, it might help me understand better if you explained the why.

Does your mommy and daddy sometimes say things that doesn’t make sense?

So far so good with mine.

Oh, and I have never heard my daddy say these things. Does yours?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

 

Listen to Disney Frozens Let It Go in English, French, German, and 21 other languages

Listen to Disney Frozens Let It Go in English, French, German, and 21 other languages

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

It really isn’t fair if you think about it. Or maybe Elsa is just smarter than I am.

I can speak English because that is the world I am growing up in. I can speak Chinese because of my mommy and grandparents. But I have to study and try.

Elsa can sing in 25 different languages!!! German, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese and other languages I have never heard of !!!

How can these guys learn languages so fast? And sing in them, too?

I loved Frozen and Elsa is my new favorite princess … maybe until the next one comes out. He he he.

I already have the songs Let It Go and First Time in Forever on my music player.

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And when daddy and I listen to Pandora … sure enough, there they are. How cool?

But in all these different languages. I might need to be jealous. Or maybe study much harder.

What language did you watch Frozen in.

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Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Parenting quotes | Evolution has failed mothers | Milton Berle

Parenting quotes | Evolution has failed mothers | Milton Berle

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Baloo the Bear
Evolution has Failed

I don’t believe in evolution. I don’t know why anyone would.  What a silly idea.

But … for the sake of a fun discussion, I read this funny line by an old comedian – Milton Berle.

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?

See?! Proof.

There’s a definite need for mommies to have more than one hand. Daddies, too. Especially if there are more than one kid in the family. For the record, there’s only one of me.

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But … this morning, mommy was fixing my hair, painting my face (for a Halloween party), putting finishing touches on my costume, and helping me take care of little girl things – all stuff that daddies cannot do. Daddy made breakfast and washed the dishes and got the car ready and stuff.

Now imagine if there were more than one of me!

My daddy had two brothers and three sisters. And his mommy still had only 2 hands!

Long time ago families were even bigger.

But, Berle, is right. Evolution, if there were anything to it which there isn’t, didn’t work. Mommies still have two hands.

Daddies need bigger backs and stronger arms … to carry tired little girls.

“Mia, how come I am always carrying you?”

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.