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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. ūüėé

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.

 

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.

 

Where do I belong? Bilingual. Bi-cultural. Turbulence!

Where do I belong? Bilingual. Bi-cultural. Turbulence!

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.

Abashment.. addling.. befuddlement… bemusement.. blurring…¬†Commotion… confounding..¬† discomfiting… dumbfounding.. embroiling, flap,¬† lather, mixup mystification, obscuring, perplexing,…perturbation.. pother… puzzlement.. stew… stirring up.. tangling…¬†or in simple words – CONFUSION…!!! is all that comes to my mind when I think about the topic I am going to write about.

Yes… trust me, I had to look up synonyms from the dictionary for the word confusion in order to better describe my thoughts and put it across in any possible way for anyone to understand my situation.

no boundaries...
no boundaries…

I am from India and and we believe in arranged marriages culturally so the question of inter-cultural or inter-national marriages is totally taboo to me. At least it was… until I moved to the United States of America.

Since America is so multi-cultural and welcomes people of all and any nationality and race, it has become a meeting ground for people of different ethnicities who fall in love and raise families together.

I was in love once with a girl from the States once. It did not work out for its own reasons. Neither of us were to be blamed.

Maybe we weren’t strong enough or MAYBE THE CULTURAL DIFFERENCE CAUSED IT. I don’t know.

I want to believe so though. She was half Korean and half white. Her mom was Korean and her dad was white. Imagine if we had kids, they would’ve been quarter Korean, quarter white and half Indian and CONFUSED…!!

bi-cultural relationships
bi-cultural relationships

We were living together. We had a ton of differences big and small to cope with and compromise on. All those little things that were completely fine in her culture and the way she was brought up but what were a complete NO NO in my culture.

The food, the common language barrier, the dressing sense, the habits, friends, activities … everything was different.. in a good and bad way.,.!!

I see a lot of successful couples and I salute them because I can tell you, it is not easy. But if they did it is because they put in the effort, which i should’ve too.

But I didn’t.

Personally I think the equation gets more complicated when they have kids who start wondering and questioning their roots and belonging, something which might lead them to a very unclear and dangerous path as they grow up.

I think both parents should instill both cultures and expose the children to the blend of both the histories and let them decide which side they wanna take instead of rubbing upon them what they want them to believe. After all, love knows no boundaries.

Then why create them?

Love is in the air people. Don’t hold yourself back. If it is meant to happen, it will happen no matter what. The whole universe will conspire to get you what you deserve.

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