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My name is John Thompson, and I am a PhD student scholar in the Capella University School of Education with a Curriculum and Instruction specialization. I am a semi-retired high school teacher with past service as a Business Marketing and Management teacher, Computer Technology teacher, Career Guidance teacher, Financial Literacy teacher, Industrial Technology teacher, and Social Science teacher. I retired from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in 2011 to pursue a PhD in Education. My teacher practitioner duties were at the only school that CPS has for young women that were pregnant or parenting. The education that I received from the young women allowed me a better understanding of their diverse learning styles, and a better understanding of their abilities to demonstrate their learning verbally and in their written communications.
I want to aid student learner’s value of Financial Literacy and abilities to prosper in this great country of America. The reality of minorities not registering as Finance majors in colleges and universities is a problem, and many minority members are under-represented as Banking and Financial Institutions policy makers. The problems and headaches of payday loans, 30% or higher loan rates offered to minority members of either gender, lack of banking accounts and banking activities, the policies of insurance providers to have higher policy premiums for minorities, and neighborhood member’s lack of home repair or mortgage funding at neighborhood banks are all ills that minorities face daily. A major reason for the problem may be an under representation or no representation on banking and financial institution boards.
In addition, The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) mission statement allows me to see a connection for the lack of minority student learners choosing Finance as a curriculum major, with the challenge of preparing urban minority students to succeed in college. These two research study areas Financial Literacy and preparation of low-income students to succeed in both life and college will offer assistance with my final decision to conduct a valid and scholarly research study.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.