A student defined as having “outstanding gifts or talents and are capable of high performance, but… also have a disability that affects some aspect of learning” falls into a unique category of learners referred to as being Twice Exceptional (Brody & Mills, 1997). This classification is sometimes designated by the abbreviation “2e.”
At the age of six, it was determined that I suffered from both Dyslexia and Dyscalculia. Dyslexia is an inborn error of the brain that demonstrates a lack of congruence between visual language input and cognitive recognition and understanding. Similarly, Dyscalculia is an arithmetic processing error that affects an individual’s ability to differentiate between and manipulate numbers themselves in order to execute basic mathematical operations.
Why we have too few women leaders -- Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is not only the COO of Facebook but also one of the many faces of modern feminism. With her warm personality and unique proclivity for humor, Sandberg shows us a world in which 57% of men entering the workforce are negotiating their pay while only 7% of women do the same. In this talk she explores three messages to ensure women remain in the workforce: to sit at the table, make your partner a real partner, and don't leave before you leave. Learn how we all can lean in with Sheryl Sandberg.
I survived a terrorist attack. Here’s what I learned -- Gill Hicks
A survivor of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London, Hicks brings us what is was like before and after a suicide bomber detonated his device just feet away from her in the London Tube. She demonstrates how love can prevail in the face of sheer terror and hatred and poses the question to humanity, “when will we embrace the wisdom of our era to rise above mere tolerance and move to an acceptance for all who are only a label until we know them”
The beauty and diversity of Muslim life -- Bassam Tariq
Bassam Tariq has brought us many important project before, such as his 30 Mosques 30 States project, in order to show us the life, love, community, and family of many of our Muslim brothers and sisters. He takes us to Pakistan to show us the true love and beauty of a region often portrayed as violent, lifeless, and cold. As Ramadan comes to a close in the coming weeks, let us take the time to learn about our neighbors in the Muslim community so that we can see in each of them the heart of compassion and of love.
TED Weekly is brought to you by Bryce Tapp. Tapp is the editor-in-chief of The Millennial Times.
The United Kingdom went to the polls on Thursday and voted to leave the European Union (EU) with 52% of Britons voting to leave and 48% voting to remain in the EU. Because the UK decided to leave the EU, it will not longer be included in the economic and legal benefits that EU members receive.
What led the UK to decide to leave many of their close European allies? Most of the British discontent with the EU stems from the desire for the UK to control how many refugees (regarding the Syrian refugee crisis) it allows in its border and the desire for the UK to control its own trade policies. The “Brexit” has, within a day of the results, thrown the future of the UK’s economy into uncertainty after the Prime Minister of the UK decided to step down from his position as the nation’s leader.
I was the little girl that wasn’t afraid of anything. I was eager to climb the tallest trees in the woods by my house or roam out into new cities in foreign countries without a map or guidebook to suggest a path. I loved the feeling of driving fast or blowing wind in a wicked storm.
There was a part of me that I believed was always destined for adventure and I knew that if I put any kind of fear of jumping in my way, I’d never go out and do all the things I knew I was capable of.
The thing was, even with all of this in mind, I was still so much of a coward.
I was afraid of being loved.
No, I take that back.
I’m not sorry.
I’m actually quite tired of being sorry. I’m tired of falling into the belief that because you hold the title of “father” you are something I must constantly try to earn the affection of. I’m tired of all the nights I’ve spent locking myself away in my room or fleeing for the high roads from conversations that only end in civil wars and blatant disadvantage to the one you swore was your number one.
I’m tired of being your daughter.
If this sounds sharp, may I be frank, it truly is.
They say that girls will marry men that are like their fathers. After all, the father is the girl’s first insight on how it is for females to be treated by men. The way a father acts will create a pattern for the girl and her selection of men for the entirety of her life.
California had always been sort of a mysterious place to me. I was born and raised on the eastern coast of the United States, and only up until a few days ago, I could only say that the furthest west I’d ever been was Tennessee, which really isn’t that west at all.
When my parents first informed me that we would be visiting California, I was ecstatic. In American culture, California has always reigned supreme in terms of pop culture, drama, and showcasing the best of what the American Dream can bring to those who work hard to earn everything that can be made possible in the nation founded on individuality. It was an El Dorado of sorts; different from anywhere else in the nation, and perhaps even the world as a whole. I felt like I was finally getting out to see somewhere that so many had only dreamed to see; the city of dreams, fame, and fortune.
One thing that we as a people have yet to derive is the most intimate part of our being. We have yet to understand our own intuition and our own intentions to create a life worth living. We cannot understand our own thoughts on the nights where the moon casts its shadows upon our lives and when the sun ceases to show us its refulgence and when the clouds are seen over that remote vista. This is what we know about ourselves, that we know nothing about ourselves.
Imagine having to live in a small one-room tent shared by nine other family members. Dust swirls around you and dirt is caked between the creases of your hands and feet. Suffocation circles you as the walls of the tent entrap you, chaining you to this fate. As you painfully draw in each breath, you choke on the stifling air. Your life is unbearable. Only scraps of food to eat with stale bread and a sip of water on the best of days. Poor hygiene surrounds you. The air reeks of death and the sound of the coughing of the ill is carried on the wind. No electricity. And the weather is one of your nightmares: a boiling cauldron during the day and an arctic tundra at night. There is no way of escape. This is your life.
Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls -- Leymah Gbowee
In this inspiring talk from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee, she shows us all that there are focused, passionate, and great leaders just waiting to go out into the world and that by giving these young girls a chance in every nation, we will make the world a better place. There are many tales of tragedy and empowerment in this talk by an incredible woman who has worked tirelessly to help all girls achieve their dreams. She shows us that we all can work toward gender equality and how the future of the world is dependent upon the equality of women in every nation and in every land.
The secret to effective nonviolent resistance -- Jamila Raqib
After the massacre in Orlando last Sunday, we have all become aware th
at the fight for equality for LGBT citizens is far from over. The history of the LGBT Rights Movement, just like the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Rights Movement, is a history of successful nonviolent resistance against homophobic laws that violate basic human rights. Not only does Ms. Raqib teach us how nonviolent resistance is more than just protesting and voicing one’s opinion, she shows us that nonviolent resistance is more powerful than any weapon of war.
The myth of the gay agenda -- LZ Granderson
Mr. Granderson uses comedy to demonstrate the absurdity of the gay agenda in this talk and how LGBT people merely wish to achieve equality, love, and respect in our nation. “I’ve yet to receive my copy of this gay agenda,” Granderson said. He pulls from his own life experience and the Constitution itself to show us all how LGBT rights are enshrined in the founding document of our nation.
Brought to you by Bryce Tapp. Tapp is the editor-in-chief of The Millennial Times.
When I was in 6th grade, my mother pulled me and my two siblings out of school to travel to Washington, D.C to witness President Obama’s first inauguration. At the time, I didn’t understand the significance of the event or of President Obama’s election. At 12 years old, politics was ‘for grownups’ and I couldn’t understand why my mother, a woman who would hesitate to let us stay home from school even if we were projectile vomiting, would allow us to miss almost an entire week of school for this event. I wondered what was so special about Barack Obama and his election as President that would cause my mother to act so differently.