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Kevin Anthony Stoda
Educator and Political Scientist
GERMANY, USA, PHILIPPINES, Oman
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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."
SHARE Sunday, December 2, 2018 The Southernization of America
Even in the 1960s, as small kid, I knew that there was something wrong with my father's supporting the Southern Hero George Wallace for President. We lived in Illinois Dekalb county, which appears to have had several sundown towns in the decades of his childhood. (Several Northern counties in Illinois voted heavily in Wallace's favor.). Similarly, I knew that something was very wrong in America when the Nazis in Skokie
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 6, 2018 Most people on this planet do not perceive Maps nor Directions in the same way Americans do?
The important thing to comprehend is that people have maps in their heads for the places they live, so many seldom use a road name (or refer to a two-dimensional map) to comprehend where the borders or grids in their heads are at work. Meanwhile, American tourists traveling through these countries are looking in vain for street names on maps they have come across.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 11, 2018 What was the main thing that USA failed to learn after WWII and is costing us so dearly to this very day?
In their work, Junke and Hunter have explained that Kennan had very often shared that almost unequivocally, "Americans who expected the full fruits of total victory [in the late 1940s]" had failed to understand the war. It was one case of a wider phenomenon, the 'failure to appreciate the limitations of war in general--any war--as a vehicle for the achievement of the objectives of the democratic state.'"
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 17, 2018 How I spent this Father's Day Weekend as Pilgrim at MSD High in Parkland, FL
This father took time to go on Father's Day morning to visit Parkland High School, where students have been leading a national movement to end needless mass-shootings in America. As both a teacher and a father, the author sees this as a pilgrimage to end the horrible status quo of the past 2 decades.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, March 19, 2018 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 2, 2018 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..
(14 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 2, 2018 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.
SHARE 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."
SHARE Wednesday, May 17, 2017 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 6, 2017 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 28, 2017 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 27, 2017 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 9, 2017 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.