Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Asian Americans: The Model Minority as Victim and Perpetrator




Here's an interesting book we came across:

Asian Americans, Education, and Crime: The Model Minority as Victim and Perpetrator, by Daisy Ball and Nicholas Daniel Hartlep
https://books.google.com/books?id=O3GIDQAAQBAJ&pg=PR2&dq=daisy+ball&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj75_XpwYPRAhUN84MKHSlODMwQ6AEIJTAC#v=onepage&q=daisy%20ball&f=false

We don't agree fully or disagree fully with this book, but we believe this book can be a starting point for discussion and writing about Asian American issues.

The authors/editors of this book will be giving a talk about it on March 10, 2017 at CUNY AAARI.  You can find more information about it at: 
http://www.aaari.info/17-03-10Hartlep.htm



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Friday, December 2, 2016

Free Consultation




Some of you know that I do some pro bono work (without pay) because some people who need my help (such as students) cannot afford to pay me at my freelance rates.

If you are seeking my services for free, you need to understand what I am telling you in this blog if you want to continue to receive my help for free.  The monetary perspective is the way most people can easily understand this.  So that’s the way I will explain it here, but I actually do not think in monetary terms.

First, you must understand how much you are getting for free to avoid wasting my time and avoid frustrating me.  My freelance consultation rates range from $30 to $50 per hour.  Also, I have been paid $100 per one-hour seminar, or freelance speaking engagement.  In terms of my freelance writing, my highest paid assignment so far compensated almost $2000 for almost 4000 words.

For those of you receiving my help for free, you need to know how this translates into internet equivalent in order to better understand what it's costing me (since the most important aim of my work is on the internet).  To offset what it's costing me, I ask you to at least click a few likes and shares (which would help me help more people.)  Let’s be reasonable.  This is nothing compared to what you are getting from me in return.

Generally, $30 to $100 is equivalent to 10,000 to 50,000 hits/views on my websites and blogs.  (But this is an oversimplified estimate.)



1 Hour of My Time  =  $30 to $100  =  10,000 to 50,000 hits/views on my web pages


1 Hour of My Time = 10,000 to 50,000 hits/view on my web pages


In other words, to compensate for an hour of my time, you would have to be able to direct 10,000 to 50,000 viewers to my websites and blogs.  Even if you “like” or “share” 50,000 of my web pages, it would not automatically translate into 50,000 hits/views from others.  But I am not even asking you to "like" or "share" that many.  For some of you, all I ask is to click "like" or "share" here and there, whenever I direct you to a page or whenever you see a new post from me.

Again, let’s be reasonable.  A few likes on my Facebook, Twitter, and web pages obviously do not generate 10,000 views/hits and therefore definitely cannot compensate for an hour of my time (not even close).  However, if you are willing to do at least some "likes" and "shares" whenever I point them out to you, I will be willing to continue to help you. 

I hate to sound negative, but the progress of my work on the Internet is way behind what I had planned and the number of people on the Internet I am serving is far below what it should be right now.  One big reason is my lack of time.  I am still willing to help you, but you have to be willing to help me by merely moving your finger a few times, in clicking "like" and "share", which does not cost you any money.  And I am not even asking you to like or share 10,000 of my pages.  I don’t even have 10,000 pages for you to click “like”.  (I hadn’t had time to put that much content on the web and that’s part of my problem - lack of time.  The other parts of my problem is lack of funding and lack of people to help.) 

There are other ways of looking at this.  When you use up my time, you are not just costing me in dollars, but you are also taking away my services from the multitudes online.  One hour of my time can reach/help a lot more people on the internet than in person.

To clarify, I still provide some free consultations, mentoring, and tutoring because I do want to help you.  But you must be willing to help me too (or help me help many others online).  Thank you for helping me help multitudes of people.  

Step one for you would be simply adding me as friend on Facebook at -  https://www.facebook.com/amadeoconstanzo

and follow me on Twitter at - 
https://twitter.com/amadeoconstanzo 




Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Spirit Vastly Superior to Man




“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a Spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe – a Spirit vastly superior to that of man.”  - Albert Einstein

“I can tell you as a result of my research on the atom this much.  All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together.  We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind.  This mind is the matrix of all matter.”  - Max Planck


Writing Prompt
What did you learn from these two quotes (from two of the most famous physicists in history)?  What are your thoughts in response to these quotes?  Please write as much as you like.  You may write a speech or a journal entry (freewriting).

 
To stimulate your thoughts on the issue, you may address some of the following questions.  What do you think Einstein and Planck meant?  Why do you think they came to this conclusion?  Who is this vastly superior Spirit, as Einstein mentioned, or this conscious and intelligent mind mentioned by Planck?  Who is this Spirit to you?  Have you observed evidence of this vastly superior Spirit?  Have you experienced this vastly superior Spirit in your life?  Please describe and explain.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

$1000, $300, and $200 prizes in Essay Contest




All CUNY students are eligible to take part in this essay contest where there will be three winners:

   First Place:       $1000
   Second Place:   $300
   Third Place:      $200



The submission deadline is November 4, 2016.  By the way, they have this same contest with the same topic (morality and ethics) every year.  So, even if you miss this one, prepare to write one for next year.

More information, guidelines, and submission forms are available at:

http://www.aaari.info/ethics.htm

http://www.aaari.info/notes/2016EssayForm.pdf


Note to Professors and Instructors (in English, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Asian Studies, and other relevant subjects)
You may want to assign this essay for your class.  Your students would have an added interest in this assignment, since they would not be writing just for a grade but also for prize money.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Free CATW Workshops







Those of you who have not yet passed the CATW already know that you cannot go on to take many of your classes until you pass both exams.  You also already know that the longer you go on not passing it, the more tuition money and financial aid you would be using up (not to mention time), and you end up paying a lot more.


We want to help you. FREE CATW Workshops are now available at L219. You may still sign up for them.  Sign up before it’s too late. 

These workshops are small group workshops of two to three students. Therefore, you will receive more individual attention than you do in your English class.


For now, only Shu's workshops are endorsed here as he is the only one in L219 who incorporates the SpirFit educational approach.  On this website, I cannot endorse other workshop instructors unless they are trained in the SpirFit educational approach.



This approach effectively addresses your individual needs, whatever your English level.  Although students in the same workshop may be at very different levels and have different needs, the SpirFit educational approach is able to effectively address each student's needs by incorporating innovative educational methods of recent years brought about by game changers from Silicon Valley, MIT, and Harvard.  In addition, the SpirFit educational approach includes pedagogy or teaching methodology encouraged by the English department, CAWS, CUNY Start, and others.  The SpirFit teaching approach also includes unconventional methods from other fields and methods supported by science.

Current KCC students this semester, KCC Continuing Education students, CLIP students, and CUNY Start students are all eligible for these FREE workshops at L219.  If you were enrolled in the regular Spring semester but not in the summer semester, you are still eligible for these workshops. Since you have already paid for these workshops with your tuition, why not make use of them! 

If you are not a student at KCC, but you need help with the CATW exam, email me at healthsciencewriter@gmail.com and I'll see what I can do.

Shu's Workshops
Sign-up Location:  L219 at Kingsborough Community College


For free academic lessons online in various subjects and life lessons, feel free to go to SpirFit.org 


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Free Grammar Workshops





Do you have problems with grammar on your essays (in English and other subjects)?  Do you think your grammatical problems are lowering your scores on certain writing exams?  Are your problems with grammar showing in your job applications, resumes, and cover letters?  If so, you should sign up for FREE grammar workshops taught by Shu this current semester at L219.  Why not use this current summer session to improve your grammar.  Sign up as soon as possible at L219 before they fill up.


For now, only Shu's grammar workshops are endorsed here on this website, since he is the only one in L219 who incorporates the SpirFit educational approach.  I cannot here endorse other workshop instructors unless they are trained in the SpirFit educational approach.  


This approach effectively addresses each of your individual needs, whatever your English level.  Although students in the same workshop may be at very different levels, the SpirFit educational approach is able to effectively address each student's needs by incorporating innovative educational methods of recent years brought about by game changers from Silicon Valley, MIT, and Harvard.  In addition, the SpirFit educational approach considers the pedagogy (or some of the teaching methods) of the KCC English department, CAWS, CUNY Start, and other departments.  The SpirFit teaching approach also includes unconventional methods from other professions and methods backed up by science.


KCC students, KCC Continuing Education students, CLIP, and CUNY Start students are all eligible for these FREE grammar workshops.  Since you have already paid for these workshops with your tuition, why not make use of them!


Shu's Grammar Workshops
Sign-up Location:  L219 at Kingsborough Community College



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Monday, August 8, 2016

Website Down




Our website SpirFit.org is temporarily offline.  However, we have temporarily parked it at -

http://spirfit.byethost17.com/Academy/index.htm


You may still be able to get everything from the temporary site (including the CATW and ACT Reading practices).  We are in the process of moving to a new host.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience