What about 2014? I have plans, but no resolutions.
I plan to keep “feeding” my personal passions as in the past. I plan to do it better with the new friends, new insights and new technology now in my life.
My passions are literacy and citizenship.
As readers know, I head a top-rated nonprofit that helps young children learn how to read. As a result, they will be literate adults. I plan to make a series of videos in a YouTube format that I will be able to use to tell the world about the ability of children to learn.
In addition, Tools of Learning for Children has taken the first step in soliciting funding from the Internet audience with its GoFundMe video. There are a number of other crowd-funding sites where we can put our message, and we will do that.
We will get our math numbers program for preschoolers published in 2014.
My new insights about early learning are really old truths that big dummy Murray has failed to see over the years. I have been so focused on reading that I have failed to see the more complete benefits of “direct and multi-sensory instruction” strategies used in the Frontline Phonics program we use at Tools.
The insight in using all of a child’s senses to learn to read is that we are, at the same time, developing the senses themselves. The result is better listening, better muscular control and greater awareness of the world around them; all in all, a more total personal growth and development.
I really wonder why it has taken me so long to realize these truths. How dense can one guy get? So, I’ll be looking at whether it is practical to expand the scope of the Tools of Learning for Children to encompass a more total development program. I would be interested in your ideas about this. I personally will continue to oppose the very damaging Common Core State Standards program that is really a dumbed-down national propaganda program.
We will continue our partnership with National Association for Uniformed Services in the distribution of pocket constitutions and Declarations of Independence as we have done for the past 12 years. We have a much improved booklet that is larger and more readable. We have received a lot of positive feedback on the new booklets. I hope to reach more eighth- and 11th-grade students of American history and government in the coming year.
I have formed a personal, but unofficial, partnership with an information technology expert in Ohio. We are exploring the different ways that we might help Americans understand the “rule of law” and the many freedoms and opportunities it offers to citizens. We hope the result will be more better informed and patriotic Americans.
It will be an ambitious year. Wish me luck.
No less important are my friends. The year 2014 will be a year where I will acknowledge them and let them know how important they are to me. I’ll extend my hand to them if they need my help in any way.
The next year probably has enough to offer that I might write a dozen columns about it, but this one is a start.
Have a good, productive year; my wish for you.
Reach Murray Bass at 427-0744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.