Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
I have always liked Jodie Foster, but maybe that's just an appearance thing. And I've always liked Eminem, and that's a lyrics thing. Like this:

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

And this is what Jodie Foster liked, and what Christian Long thought about as he watched inner city kids holding a car wash to pay for cheerleader uniforms. "Like the young girls in the parking lot running the car wash to raise funds for cheerleading uniforms to blance the socio-economic scale a bit, like all the rest of us who push day after day for something that sometimes comes only in a 'whisper' in our guts. A guy who is often derided for his politics. For his lyrics. For his social influence." And as he so rightly says, it is this that we have to convey to our students. And I would add - the only way to convery it, is to live it ourselves.

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted-One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

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