“They simply don’t understand yet.”

Paris shooting where 12 cartoonist murdered in cold blood still fresh in our memory. That shooting spark many debates on freedom of speech, Muslims reaction and frankly we Muslims is the one who’s taking the biggest hit from hate and prejudice because of the Paris shooting. Thank God the shooters already neutralized and  the people of France stand strong and united, regardless of their religion.

However, Charlie Hebdo recently after the shooting issued a magazine which contains the Prophet Muhammad SAW caricature (again). Personally, this infuriates me. Why? First of all, we Muslims believed depicting our prophet Muhammad SAW is a blasphemy. Why again? We are trying to avoid excessive veneration of Muhammad SAW since he is merely a mortal (but remarkable, and the most successful world leader of all time). I’ve seen the cover of the latest Charlie Hebdo magazine, frankly speaking it’s milder than I think it would be, but still please respect our belief. There’s a fine line between freedom of speech and becoming a total asshole.

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Imagine 6’4″  male inmate doing a role play as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Weird? It happened in Ohio Prison.

Prisons are supposed to be about rehabilitation, but it seems like many people forget that. This is especially true when inmates are in there for long stretches.

Various people have tried to find ways to make prison into a more rehabilitating place than it is, but there’s one guard who had an idea that had probably never been though of before: putting on a play with inmates. The play he chose? The Wizard of Oz.

This was the brainchild of a guard named Darwin Secrest who has a reputation of being a “hard ass.”

When the 6’4” Joseph Sims stepped onto the stage dressed as Dorothy, there was of course some sniggering in the crowd full of inmates and prison guards.

When he started singing, however, the room quickly went silent, and by the end of the play, the crowd had been won over. The brave inmates who participated ended the night to a standing ovation.

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Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

On my first day of work, I began a new habit which is leaving my cellular phone on my desk, silenced, during the meeting. Cellular phone, especially the smartphone has already become inseparable aspects in our lives so that whether we realized it or not, we become dependent, or should I say addicted to it.

Meetings can be boring, that’s true. When the meeting starting to get boring, you look at your smartphone and begin to accessing social media, fun apps, or even games. Dr. Travis Bradberry, Co-author Emotional Intelligence and President of TalentSmart wrote an article, Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings which I will share it to you via my blog, below.  Hopefully after reading his article, you can stop a counter-productive habit like bringing (especially playing) your smartphones during the meeting.

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What Teachers Make by Taylor Mali

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He says the problem with teachers is, “What’s a kid going to learn
from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”
He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s true what they say about
teachers:
Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.
I decide to bite my tongue instead of his
and resist the temptation to remind the other dinner guests
that it’s also true what they say about lawyers.

Because we’re eating, after all, and this is polite company.

“I mean, you¹re a teacher, Taylor,” he says.
“Be honest. What do you make?”

And I wish he hadn’t done that
(asked me to be honest)
because, you see, I have a policy
about honesty and ass-kicking:
if you ask for it, I have to let you have it.

You want to know what I make?

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional medal of honor
and an A- feel like a slap in the face.
How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall
in absolute silence. No, you may not work in groups.
No, you may not ask a question.
Why won’t I let you get a drink of water?
Because you’re not thirsty, you’re bored, that’s why.

I make parents tremble in fear when I call home:
I hope I haven’t called at a bad time,
I just wanted to talk to you about something Billy said today.
Billy said, “Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don’t you?”
And it was the noblest act of courage I have ever seen.

I make parents see their children for who they are
and what they can be.

You want to know what I make?

I make kids wonder,
I make them question.
I make them criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them write, write, write.
And then I make them read.
I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely
beautiful
over and over and over again until they will never misspell
either one of those words again.
I make them show all their work in math.
And hide it on their final drafts in English.
I make them understand that if you got this (brains)
then you follow this (heart) and if someone ever tries to judge you
by what you make, you give them this (the finger).

Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:
Teachers make a goddamn difference! What about you?

~Selamat Hari Guru~

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