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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global issues.
"I am from Kansas so I also use the pseudonym 'Kansas' and 'alone' when I write and publish.- I-keep two blogs--one with BLOGGER and one with WORDPRESS.- My writings range from reviews to editorials or to travel observations.- I also make recommendations related to policy--having both a-strong background in teaching foreign languages and degrees in teaching in history and the social sciences.--As a Midwesterner, I also write on religion and living out ones faith whether it be as a Christian, Muslim or Buddhist perspective."
Is there a strong correlation between growing up/living in a Sundown Town and Voting for Trump?
Did you grow up in a Sundown? Did your Trump Voting Cousins? Do you know what a sundown town is?
The author asks you to ponder the links and to do something to transform America's self-image through education and commitment to reform everywhere this 2018. Researchers are particularly encouraged to share with educators (like the author) their knowledge & undertake statistical analysis to boot.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018(1 comments)
On Continued Awareness of Religious Persecution Abroad--as well as in the USA
Progressives should be careful and be fair in our narrations of religious persecution. The USA and other countries are persecuting Muslims. Other countries, like Eritrea, persecute both Muslims and Christians. In September I heard more news of Hindus with political clout persecuting Christians outside of India. USA sends law enforcement officials to force European countries to enforce anti-Muslim legislation..and in Burma..
Tuesday, January 2, 2018(14 comments)
How Much Should a Family Do? How much Should Health Care and Government Cover?
We will all chip in what we can financially, but what should one expect from our culture? our society? our country? our healthcare system?
What are you expecting your government to do better in this 2018? The average family is spending about 27,000 dollars a year on health care. It should not be allowed to get any worse.
Change and support from society and government is needed and requested now.
Monday, January 1, 2018
Aging Prisoner in 3-Strike-&-You're-Out State(s): America 2018
Mary Price has noted that this 60-year-old prisoner's problem is not rare in America of our century. She wrote, "One of the saddest byproducts of our nation's addiction to incarceration is the graying of our federal prison population, a development comprehensively documented in a scathing Justice Department report that shows caring for aging prisoners is fast becoming a fiscal nightmare."
OMAN; Where Motivation is not Enough for L2 Acquisition
Many teachers point out that motivation is a key to learning. However, research into English as a Second or third language education indicates that motivation (in and of itself) is far from enough for us to witness academic success in English for non-native speakers.
The findings Marwan Al-Yafi's study on motivation of students in local colleges and universities demonstrates this.
Saturday, May 6, 2017(2 comments)
Oman: Thoughts on Emotional Intelligence in our Schools, Teaching and Education Practices
In contrast to research on emotional intelligence in the workplace (where research is inconclusive), emotional intelligence in our education systems appear to be quite beneficial and sound practice. This article shares the message on Emotional Intelligence offered by Dr. Faical Ben Khalifa of Dhoar University given at IMPROVING TEACHING QUALITY 1 : a SYMPOSIUM held at ROTANA RESORT, SALALAH, Oman earlier this year.
Victoria Tuzlukova: "How many of you weren't born in the 21st Century?" (Part2)
The framework for 21st century learning is discussed around the globe but seldom haave most Middle East countires taen leadership in this area. Can Oman? or its neighbors?
This is the second of a multipart series on this topic and what it involves. The paraphrase of the speeches and discussion at a recent conference in Salalah Oman is shared here.
Thursday, April 27, 2017(2 comments)
Victoria Tuzlukova on the Needs of Oman and Arab World Education in 21st Century
The following paraphrase is concerning the reception of keynote address by participants from dozens of countries to a symposium on improving TEACHING QUALITY, held on 10 April in Salalah, Oman. WHY DO WE NEED 21st CENTURY SKILLS IN OMAN?
Actually, the entire Arab world sees the need already. However, petroleum based economies, like Oman's and most lands in the Arabian peninsula are more and more aware of needs for change.
Sunday, April 9, 2017(5 comments)
Famine & Endless War Today--WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
Nowadays, over 17 million people are under threat of famine in war-torn Yemen, making it one of the world's worst hunger crises. Please, try to get your governments to start giving aid and food-- not weapons of war --to the parties and victims involved in the wars and conflicts of Yemen.
CLAMOR LOUDLY, PLEASE--A CRY FROM THE BORDER OF YEMEN.
Saturday, March 25, 2017(48 comments)
A Letter from Paul to Timothy this Eastertide 2017
Imagine if someone from the Old Testament or New Testament were to come back to life in our day. What would he or she say or write about this planet in 2017. What message would he or she have for this planet. In this tale, I propose that Paul of Tarsus come back to life and write from Palmyra in Syria today to his beloved disciple Timothy one more classic letter. Here it is.
FORGOTTEN FIRE--one of the Things Your Teens are Reading and Learning
As prescribed in Viktor Frankl's classic logotherepeutic autobiography of MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING, Vahan is slowly able to recover or find feelings of peace and joy in both (1) his memories of loved ones, like his sister or mom, in his past and (2) in his occasional hopes and dreams of a real future with some sort of new family.
Growing Moral Relativism among American Evangelicals is Worrying the Rest of the Planet
For decades, for American Evangelical Christians there was "no more a severe charge than the judgement that one has abandoned the gospel." said Wes Markofski in his New Monasticism and the Transformation of Evangelicalism. Now, the overwhelming majority of Christian Evangelicals are proudly using Post Modern Relativism to make their voting decisions. The greater world looks on in horror.
Kevin Stoda throws his hat in the Ring for SCOTUS
If Trump can run as an outsider, can an outsider be appointed to the Supreme Court? Of course, here is my perspective. However, is such an outsider good for America--maybe. However, there will surely be surprises. We hope for the best and demand Trump unite America by seeking out a middle-ground nominee for SCOTUS.
Thinking through Oman's Current and Future Educational Demands
3rd in a series; In each of the essays, comparisons between Kansas (my homestate) and Oman are undertaken in a way that focuses on past, present and future Omani development. Oman, like all of the GCC countries is overdependent on petroleum industries and needs to think through new possible development activities--and implement them very quickly.
Saturday, October 1, 2016(44 comments)
Why aren't more Anti-Trump Christian Ministers being persecuted in America this election?
In the old days,sometimes congregations in America used to tar-and-feather ministers who spoke up against communal vices. In the Bible, Jesus told would-be Christian leaders and disciples: "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues [temples, churches]." Talk Trump now
Friday, September 23, 2016(4 comments)
Outliers, Colorism, Cohorts, Bad Practices, Good Practices, & Better Analysis
How did three of our oldest leading politicians end up dominating the 2016 campaign--Sanders was born during WWII and Trump and Hillary wre born a year or two after the war? Do cohort generations and theory related to the nurture and opportunity of man explain all the outliers of history? Think about it as you read the popular soon-to-be classic book OUTLIERS, which is gaining more explanatory power as the years go by.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Another Modest Development Proposal for my Omani Friends: Renewable Energy
In my college days in Kansas 4 decades ago, I studied a few courses related to international development and the courses often focused on concepts like sustainable development.The Sultan of Oman, i.e. in the country I have lived and taught in for the past 5 years, is currently suffering from a economic and development downturn.The problem is that, like my home state of Kansas, Oman has focused on austerity.Renewable Energy...
Saturday, June 25, 2016(4 comments)
To Oman from Kansas: Humble Solution for one Petroleum Overly Dependent Economy
Oman went from one of the most underdeveloped nations in the 1970s to one of the more developed Arab nations in a period of about 30 years. It did so by over-relying on petroleum industry--as did all the other countries in the GCC. With the recent glut in the oil market, all petroleum countries are scrambling to create a sustainable economy. The problem is these lands have focused on austerity. (This part 1 of a series)
Thursday, June 9, 2016(8 comments)
Will Duterte Help Reform the Philippines or Will he be a Black Mark and Repeat Abuses of the Past?
The garrote was the principal device used for capital punishment in Spain and the Philippines for one and a half centuries. Will the new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, take the Philippines forward or will he join the long history of mediocre to bad presidents? He has promised to resign if he fails in 6 months? Can we hold him to that? In this book review of DEATH BY GARROTE, these issues are discussed.
Thursday, May 12, 2016(3 comments)
Federal Solutions are in Semitic Tradition and Arabian Peninsular States Should Embrace Them
The great federalist Daniel Elizar wrote, " The biblical grand design for humankind is federal in three ways: " It is based upon a network of covenants beginning with those between God and man, which weave the web of human, especially political, relationships in a federal way -- that is through pact, association and consent." Arab, Hebrew other cultures have historically embraced federalist solutions but not enough these days
Why Sanders and the Pope Mostly Get Along
All and all, Sanders and the leaders of CST teaching of the Catholic church have a lot in common to think and talk about this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing what comes of the renewed Socialist-Catholic relationship in years to come.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016(1 comments)
Will Oman Ever Get Saudi Arabia (Kicking and Crying) out of its Yemeni Quagmire?
As the USA continues to sell billions of dollars of military hardware and manpower training to the Saudi Kingdom, the nation of Oman sits perched to help the KSA get out of its quagmire in Yemen. However, isdom in Saudi Arabia is still lacking as bombings of Sana'a and other parts of Yemen continue to destroy the lives of thousands and millions
Hunger of Memory--Nearly a Quarter Century Later
It has been over a quarter of a century since Richard Rodriguez hit the national stage in American imagery and media. Has he been a positive or negative force in the modern era of multiculturalism? I think so--even though Rodriguez has been anti-affirmative action, anti-bilingual education, and been anti-chicano.
The Tories and Immigration: "Is Cameron in the minority on the issue of Immigration?"
Spectator wrote, "In theory, the Conservative party should be the natural home of new voters who are ambitious, entrepreneurial, hard-working and family-orientated. The immigrant vote--to the extent it can be considered a coherent block at all--ought to be fertile Tory territory. By and large, these are families who have moved to Britain to get ahead and to avail themselves of what Michael Howard called 'the British dream'."
Monday, September 14, 2015(1 comments)
Jim Morrison, the Beat Poet?, and a Revolving Door Upbringing
The whole world would have looked like a Revolving Door to Jim Morrison after visiting just a dozen schools--but he had to move to nearly two dozen. In those cold war days, if you were an American kid, like Jim Morrison, you'd have had to become (or develop) a new person/person in every place you arrived at, i.e. if you didn't wish to be quashed by the authorities pigeonholing you.
Don Mosley's book, Faith Beyond Borders, Calls Us to Act
Since the 1990s, Mosley and his Jubilee Partners have been speaking to Christian churches every where.M says "I long for the day when every church congregation in the United States that claims to follow Jesus clamors to have the privilege of sponsoring at least one of these refugee families! The churches themselves would be tremendously blessed, and the suffering in those 'warehouse' camps would be drastically reduced, What i
Obama is Going Back to Basically Sound Political Science & Should Veto and Carry Out Executive Orders!
Game theory is the study of strategic decision making. Specifically, it is "the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers." By failing to use veto power and executive orders properly both the Clinton and W. Bush did much less in their second terms of office than they could have. Only by using vetoes and executive orders more often can a president be effective.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015(11 comments)
OMAN & ITS SPECIAL HISTORY: Retrospect, Present, & Future?
How has Oman managed to mostly stay out of the Middle East debacles in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and Syria while its neighbors, like Saudi Arabia and the UAE (along with Yemen) have been engulfed in fighting and in financing civil wars? Let's review the history and see if peacemakers can learn from the Oman story, which in the 1950s and 1960s saw jihadis from Saudi+Maoist and Soviet insurgencies+ other fighters here.
Oman, its Youth, Their Job Security, Omanisation, Inefficiencies, & the Future
Currently Omani women make up about 45 or 46 % of the jobs in the government or public sector while only making up about 22 percent in the private sector. The military provides the largest numbers of jobs in the country of any entity but women play less of a role in that sector. The military and government of Oman are putting up a lot of monies now to retrain those leaving the military, i.e. forced to retire young
Sunday, March 29, 2015(2 comments)
Low Level Mutual Embargo via the USA and Oman through Postal System--Why?
Who says government agencies are logical? or supportive of community interests? An embargo by definition is a "governmental restriction on trade for political purposes."
But there are other ways intergovernmental agencies use embargoes to make it hard for their cross-national partners (and its own citizens) by usage of embargo by state authorities. Kevin Stoda discusses this with his example on Oman-USA today.
Disowning Sons? (in Islam?)
Is there a growing trend for parents to disown their offspring who go off to fight in jihads without their permission? What is the rationale for the trend (if there is one)?
Rolling Back the Clock? --Progressive Style?
By rolling back the clock on injustices, we (and our children) will experience an America where cases of war criminality are tried in court and not by drone attacks from above. We could even offer up former presidents, vice-presidents, defense secretaries, lawyers and others up to the International Court in the Hague to show our contrition to the world and immediately take real acts of remorse--paying indemnity to victims.
How to Think and Survive in a Militarized US Society
This is an important time for us in the peace movements in the USA and around the world. We are finally gaining a mass of heroes around which we can raise generations to think, act, and serve the country and the world differently. The struggle for resistance to a militarized American mind is important. As a lifelong educator, I wish to share part of the process and insights from my early life. I also lift up new heroes.