My daughter has some pretty good taste in music after all!

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Great song

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‘Systems Thinking’ Advocates Brew Controversy in W-S/Forsyth Schools

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WINSTON-SALEM — Some say “systems thinking” subjects students to a socialist political agenda, while others — including Superintendent Don Martin — claim it is simply another instructional tool teachers have employed successfully in the classroom.

I guess this shouldn’t surprise me, but it never even occurred to me that anyone would view systems thinking as conspiratorial, sinister, or part of a left-wing agenda. Now I’ve truly seen it all.

From an educator’s perspective, I think this comment is a clear reflection of this Collins character’s credibility: “When there’s a national curriculum or an international curriculum, parents and local boards — people that should be designing education — are left out.”

Parents and local school boards should be designing education?? Well, I guess no one should seek out degrees in curriculum development, instructional design, or any other training in the education field, because all you need to qualify you for these jobs is to have a kid or get elected to a school board. Sheesh!

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Bri & Nate are students of mine, on our Artist Development program. Because it’s a small program they’re actually pretty much like interns and sometimes assist me in my professional projects. This indie pop song was the result of a Song Writing collaboration assignment one afternoon. They both have a lot to bring to the table as writers and musicians and it was easy to work them through the arrangement - it was a fun afternoon. Because it was obviously a bit of a gem, I wanted to produce the song fully for them, and I plan on publishing it too.

Though the inspiration and initial song crafting came easily that afternoon, the production process was a bit of a beast for me. The original version had that cool indie vibe going on, but that alone wasn’t quite enough in terms of substance or staying power. So I worked hard on the arrangement and instrumentation trying to protect that original charm. It took a lot of hashing out especially with the drums, percussion and I tracked many a guitar part… But I think it’s done and it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser. At our latest showcase the song was the highlight of the set. I love their voices together.

Make sure you listen long enough to hear the tag after the second chorus. It really makes the song. Hope you enjoy it! I promised to ‘let you in’ so here’s the pre-release of the track.

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60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile

Here’s a selection of 60 tiny love stories recently submitted to our sister site, Makes Me Think, that not only made us think, but warmed our hearts and made us smile too. We hope they do the same for you. Just in time for Valentine’s Day — some stories to warm your heart and make you smile :)