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The Power of Imagination

Quote of the day:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world." -Albert Einsten

The power of imaginationClose your eyes for a moment, and remember what it's like to be a child again.  Let your mind wander through a world without limits. Remember the days where life was full of giants and mythical creatures, where ordinary people turned into witches, princesses, goddesses, and wizards. Back then, reality was only limited by what your imagination could do. Anything, and I mean, anything, could happen.
We moved through life building walls as we went, defining what was real and what was not. Slowly, we gave up some of our power to dream without barriers, deeming the tooth fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus as unreal, childish, and unimportant. Imaginary friends went from being  partners in crime to unrealistic, an escape from the "real" world. What I'm getting at is this: even at a young age, imagination is …

Ethics In Knowledge

Quote of the day:

"Do what is right, not what is easy "-Unknown

The Ethical Responsibility of Knowledge 

"Why don't you just shoot us?" A Nazi official would say during one of the thirteen Nuremberg trials after World War II. What this man did not realize however, is that these trials were not just going to bring a small piece justice to a world that had been bruised, broken, and left in ruins. The Nuremberg trials would become so much bigger that a symbolic gesture. Their grandeur exceeded a group of Nazis in a court room. These trials in fact would be the most famous in history, as they were the first to condemn their caused based on principles, rules, and guidelines that came to existence on the spot, and that had been created for the sole purpose of these trials. They were based on the abstract moral principles of humanity and philosophy.

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The Nuremberg trials created several universal laws for the prevention of crimes "against humanity,&qu…

Flat like a pancake: let's talk about curves

Quotes of the day "Out of nothing, I have created a strange new universe." - Janos Bolyai
"It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." -Henry David Thoreau

Flat like a pancake: let's talk about curves
Oooooohh do we get to talk about VS models or Kim K's (recently hidden) butt today? Or better yet, can we talk about Kylie Jenner's recent photos with Tyga? Ha! No... but we do get to talk about something even more deceptive (and probably way cheaper) than her half empty lip kits all of the YouTube makeup gurus have been ranting about. Today we are talking about.... MATH!!!

* crowd booing and throwing tomatoes*

I'm sorry... have I deceived you? Well guess what? So have all your math teachers! About what? you may ask... well... lots of things... but today, we will be taking about parallel lines.

Apparently... they aren't a thing... ╮(O_o)╭

When we were first told this in TOK, I was so confused. I mean, you're telling me th…
Quotes of the day:
"The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don't tell you what to see." -Alexandra K. Trefor
"Never Stop learning, because life never stops teaching." - Unknown

Reflective Writing: How Does One Teach? (For Dummies) 
What is one career that I would never pursue in my life? If you were to ask me this question a couple of years ago, the first thing that would come to my mind would be a teacher. Today, I would probably say a basketball player (ew! sports). But, what made me change my mind?  Why is it that two years ago I would have rather been a basketball player than a teacher, even though I suck at basketball and would have p[robably been broke and/ or unemployed?  Over the years, I've come to realize that a good teaching job does not only depend on how good the teacher is,  but also how good the pupils are towards the teacher. I have come to realize from taking AP and IB classes full of nerdy students eager to learn, that …

This I believe: A New Instrument

Quote of the day:
"Sometimes good things fall apart, so better ones can come together"
-Marilyn Monroe

This I Believe: A New Instrument
From the small, backstage window, I could see the sky getting darker, telling me to get ready for the show to begin. My heart started to race. I imagined myself playing my almost brand-new violin in front if the crowd. I played the notes in my head over and over again -- C-C- C- D- E - E- E, C-C -C-D- E-E-- My thoughts were suddenly interrupted by the music teacher. He was announcing for me to come on stage.
I pulled out my violin, still trying to play the notes in my head, but then, I looked at the crowd. They were all staring at me, waiting for me to make a move, which, in their heads, would define me as a musician.
My bow hit the violin shakingly, and I started to play -- C - C -E -D -- Dang it! Wrong note -- C - C -E -E -- Oh no! My mind was completely blank. I couldn't remember anything. By the end of the 3 minute “recital”, the music p…

The Businessman

'And what good does it do you to be rich?'
'It makes it possible for me to buy more stars, if any are discovered.'"
-From The Little Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Three and two make five. Five and seven make twelve. Twelve and three make fifteen. Good morning. Fifteen and seven make twenty-two. Twenty-two and six make twenty-eight.If you have never read The Little Prince, I know two things about you: First, you have absolutely no idea why I am counting. Second, you should slap yourself in the face and read this mind-blowing classic! Just kidding I love you, random internet reader. So why was I counting you may ask? I am quoting a businessman from the little prince. He is a guy so focused on counting and counting his millions upon millions of stars he owns, that he never actually stops to look at them. In fact, he doesn't even stop to light his cigarette or acknowledge a new visitor. He was always so busy with "matters of consequence" that he di…