Smoky Mountains, Tennessee and Ballet Recitals


 There are so many ways to spend your week-end here in Atlanta without going into your wallet. Don’t take this literally though, because you will have to shell some cash for gas, drinks, and food. For starters, there are numerous outdoor festivals going on each week-end; the many parks, lake Lanier activities, and the nearby …

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High Stakes Standardized Testing in America: The History


This essay will explore the history of testing in American education, the introduction of standardized testing in American Secondary Education, the philosophical underpinning of these events, the historical perspectives, and the ethical standpoint that led to where we are today. In addition, the essay will also touch on the ontological perspectives, axiological perspectives, and the …

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Tanzania Form IV Results 2013: The Saga Continues!


The Tanzania form IV results 2013 are out and the picture they paint isn’t pretty. Let me get straight to the numbers first. The breakdowns by divisions are as follows:  division I-1,641; division 2-6,453; division 3- 15,426; division 4- 103,327, and division 0-240,903.  And the breakdown by gender for those who received divisions 1-3 are …

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Swahili To Be The Language of Instruction in Tanzania.


Not so fast!!! This debate comes and goes. The debate normally arise whenever secondary schools results comes out. And, it is especially true when students achievement scores are terrible. Educationists in Tanzania will normally and easily point their fingers to English as the culprit. The argument always goes like, “see, I told you so, we can’t test them …

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Scientific Cheating Catalog: The Mismeasure of Man


Scientific Cheating Catalog: The Mismeasure of Man The book “the mismeasure of man” chapters 3 and 4, Gould discusses further some of the ways that scientists have cheated either intentionally or unintentionally. I have cataloged some of those instances I found to be fascinating in these two chapters below. 1) Francis Galton (1822-1911) was Darwin’s …

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Transformation Theories: A Reflection


By: Shaaban Fundi In this essay I will discuss transformative theory of learning through four different lenses or approaches. These approaches include Mezirow’s psychocrtitical approach/theory, Daloz’s psychodevelopmental perspectives, Paulo Freire’s sociocultural theory and Boyd’s psychoanalytical approach. I will then, discuss the similarities and differences among these four lenses of transformative learning. Furthermore, I will discuss …

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Savannah: Georgia Educational Researchers Association Conference Reflections


In this essay I will reflect on one educational topic presented I at the Georgia Educational Researchers Association (GERA) 2012 conference in Savannah, Georgia. I will discuss what I thought was interesting in the presentation and also discuss the applicability of the research to my own teaching and research. Friday morning I attended several presentations. …

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Andragogy: My Education Philosophy


I believe that education is a collaborative process between the educator and the students. I feel that educators should recognize that students bring their own experience and skills to the classroom. In other words educators should view their students as active partners in the learning process and not as passive participants. In so doing, the …

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Learning and Teaching Theories: A Critique


Lecture hall instruction needs to be derived from learning theories. But, in reality this is not happening. Educators either do not have the time to use theory to drive instruction or have no basic understanding of the learning theories. In this essay I will discuss and critique the article titled “Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Conctructivism: Comparing Critical …

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Stone Mountain, Georgia


We try to get out every week end and do something outdoors. This week end was nothing short of fantastic. Starting with the vintage car show in our neighborhood and ending with a trip to the top of Stone Mountain Park. The temperatures are currently dipping and it’s nice to be out to enjoy nature. …

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Does The Post Racial Society Really Exists? White Teeth: A Novel By Zadie Smith.


By: Shaaban Fundi The book White Teeth by Zadie Smith is about a mixed-race couple and an immigrant family life in London. Many of the controversy in the book deal with issues of identity and social class in a post racial society. Smith shows many provocative themes related to science, technology, history and religion. The …

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The Unskilled Degreed Graduates: Why Do We Chastise Them?


Shaaban Fundi, University education is at the top of the root education (pre-K, K-7 and secondary education) in Tanzania. Whenever there is a missing link (a gap) at the bottom, the gap gets magnified as you move up the education ladder. This is analogous to the bioaccumulation concept in environmental science. The most toxic fish …

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The Lure for and the Dashed Promise for Quality Education to Poor Families in Tanzania


Education can change people’s lives. And for many, it has done just that. The trans-formative power of education especially for poor rural children is surreal. Numerous examples exists of people climbing the economic ladder due to education in a single generation. The examples are too many for the poor in rural areas not to notice. …

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Will the “Kiswahili only” Language of Instruction Model be the Answer for the Massive Failures in Tanzania?


This debate come and go every year when the dismal pass rates of our secondary and primary school students are announced. This year, this same debate came with a twist. The guardian newspaper reported recently that the Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training Philipo Mulugo and the government of Tanzania are in the process of drafting …

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Tanzania Form IV Results 2011: Abysmal Again.


Once again, it is that time of the year when the Form IV results from the Tanzania National Examination Council comes out.  To be specific, the 2011 Form Results were officially announced yesterday.  This is the time when I post the snippets of what has happened with the numbers. My prediction looking to the future …

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Putting Kiswahili on the Atlanta Map of World Languages.


I will be teaching a 90 minutes Swahili lesson for beginners in Atlanta on July 11th, 2012 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Come join me and other international language LOVERS from across this lovely city of Atlanta.  This lecture is part of the CASIE Atlanta Language Meet-Up.  The Speakeasy is a monthly meeting showcasing a model …

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Analyzing the Mv. Spice Islander Investigation Report in Light of Mv. Nyerere Ferry Sinking in Mwanza.


According to credible reports, “MV Spice Islander” had a maximum human loading capacity of 600 passengers. However, at the time of its sinking, it was carrying 2470 passengers. That is four times the maximum allowed. Further reports says, 941 passengers survived, 203 passengers lost their lives and 1326 passengers are still missing. I’m saddened by …

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Tanzania STD 7 Results 2011: The ups and the downs.


There is a Swahili saying that goes like “when elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers”. This saying came to my mind today as I was reading articles and comments related to the release of the 2011 Standard Seven Examination results in Tanzania. A total of 983,545 students sat for Standard Seven Examination in 2011. …

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What Made 2011 Special for Me?


This was an incredible year. I finally had the opportunity to visit Soweto. It was an incredible moment for me to see the houses of both my favorite South African leaders, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.  I also had the opportunity to work with my co-workers to organize an event to raise funds for the Mutombo Dikembe Foundation. …

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Tanzania @ 50: Lets Celebrate??


Tanzania turned 50 years old yesterday. I should correctly say---Tanganyika as there was no Tanzania during the 1961 Independence Day. Tanzania is just a union between two independent states—Tanganyika and Zanzibar (Pemba and Unguja) in 1964. Enough said. Progress is engulfing my mother land. If car ownership is an indication of how we’re progressing as the …

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Sokoine: The Old Leadership in Tanzania


After uhuru celebrations overload yesterday. Today I am reflecting on what has happened to the new order of leadership in Tanzania. I remember when I was little. I mean very little back then in the early 1980s. A young energetic prime minister tragically died on a terrible car accident close to Morogoro. He died on the-then-newly opened tarmac road from Dar Es …

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American Civil War: Kennesaw Battlefields, Georgia.


I have been to several American Civil War Battlefields. I have no idea to why and where I acquired the interest to visit them. I have been to the one in Maryland named Gettysburg Civil War Battlefields, the one in Virgiani named Manassas National Battlefields, and just this early foggy morning I went to see the one in Georgia …

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2004-2005 Garrison Middle School’s Maryland Report Cards.


Grade 6  Grade 7 Year Advanced Proficient Basic Advanced Proficient Basic 2004  6.6% 24.6%  59.5%  1.9%  29.5% 61.5%  2005  9.1%  31.6% 68.9%  3.8%  34.7% 68.7%  Diversity: 99.3% Afrikan American Student's Mobility: 30% Garrison middle school is a title 1 school in the Baltimore city public school system. 99.3 % of the students were African American according …

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Resources and Opportunities for African-Americans


Here are some great resources and opportunities for African-American individuals to go to undergraduate and graduate school for free to some of the top American Universities. Have fun with it! 1. Wake Forest University has an opportunity for minority students to attend its MBA program for FREE, and so far, the response has been very …

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Effective Teaching Ideas from an Educator.


By Shaaban Fundi, I have summarized the three most effective teaching ideals that I find useful in my daily duty as an educator. 1.People learn to do well only what they practice by doing. With regard to the above mentioned effective teaching idea, I have always tried to incorporate some hands on activities in my …

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Tainted Waters.


Last week I attended Advanced Placement Environmental Science Educators Training at Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw University is located  in the north-western part of the massive metropolis called Atlanta. During the training I learned different inquiry (lab) based methods of teaching advanced placement environmental science to students. It was a great week filled with fun experiences. As …

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Educating Black Kids: What Does the Research Say?


I was reading a few peer reviewed articles in my educational research class and found some interesting information that I would like to share with you all. If you are interested in how students learn and the strategies that research has proven to help all students learn, you will more than likely be informed by …

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An Executive Summary to My M.S. Practicum in Environmental Science.


A Review of the Effectiveness of Lead Abatement Strategies in Reducing Lead Exposure Among Children. By Shaaban Kitindi Fundi, Executive Summary Despite the growing recognition of lead abatement as an intervention for reducing the risk of lead exposure to children, very few scientists have attempted to review data on its effectiveness. This study reviews the current …

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The Turning of Leaves Color in Atlanta


Once again, fall is upon us-the temperature is dipping by the day.  I saw a weatherman today, predicting the temperature will continue to fall and by next week’s end we might be in the 20’s. It is amazing how temperature changes here, without notice we will be back in the 20F’s again and walking to our …

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Neutrinos: Is “physics as we know it” nearing an end???


By: Shaaban Fundi, I read with interest the article by Charles Krauthammer on the http://www.nydailynews.com today about the discovery of neutrino particles that travels faster than the speed of light. If this experiment and the discovery happen to be correct, then most–if not all of the Einsteinian theories in physics will be absolute. It will set a …

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Dicota Convention Washington D.C.


This week has been such an interesting and uplifting week. The work in Boston went really well and the 50 years of Tanzania’s independence  (DICOTA) convention was really informative and well planned. It really showed a  detailed plan by all the committees involved despite the one hour fifty minutes  we had to wait for the …

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A Ship Wreck in Tanzania:Again?


It is with sorrow I write this as my countrymen and women are grieving the loss of another too many lives wasted. My deepest condolence are to those who lost their loved ones. A word of mouth from the survivors ........" many of the people who died in the accident are  children and women." Thus, many of the died …

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Tanzania: President Kikwete Denies WiKiLeak Cables


1.In an outrageous cable reported by Wikileaks, the former US Ambassador to Tanzania, Michael Retzer is reported to have said in his cable reports that President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has accepted gifts from the owner of the Kempinski Hotel chain, who is a citizen of the United Emirates. 2.This is, according to Ambassador Retzer, from a conversation he had …

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The Evolution vs. Creationism Controversy in America


Shaaban Fundi, Ph.D. Going through the articles regarding creationism vs evolution has made me aware of the existence of the great debate that is boiling between the creationists and the evidence based supporters of the evolution process. I understand the fear that is held by the creationists about evolution and the significant challenge it possess …

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Suggestions for Teaching English to Native Swahili Speakers.


Shaaban Fundi, Last week I conducted several interviews with Swahili speaking students at a local community college in Atlanta. Amongst the interviewees: three were from the Democratic Republic of Congo, one from the United Republic of Tanzania and four were from the republic of Burundi. The eight students spoke Swahili with different dialects. By definition, …

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DICOTA Convention September 23-25th Washington D.C.


I have heard of the DICOTA conferences in the past two years, but I was too occupied with other important things and never had the WILL to attend. This year-2011 is different though, I will definitely be in Washington D.C. to attend this important meeting for all Tanzanians living in the Americas. The reasons for …

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An Old Primary School Right of Passage.


The first thing I heard from the Head Teacher when I went to register to start my primary school education was--- “raise your right hand over your head and touch your ear on the other side.” It was a heart breaker for many children those days. If your right or left hand couldn’t touch the …

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Random Thoughts!


While holidaying in Tanzania I had to take the bus from Mwanza to Shinyanga. The bus was going all the way to Dar Es Salaam. We left Mwanza before sunrise and we had to travel for about an hour for the sun to start coming up. It was a beautiful morning, there were No clouds …

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America’s Debt.


Over the week end I was curious to know which country owned America’s debt the most. I thought China would be at the top of the list. I was wrong, not even close. America owes America the most of its debt. According to Business Insider, America owes foreigners about $4.5 trillion in debt. But America …

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Raising a Blood Alcohol Limit to Solve a Drunken Driving Epidemic.


I did not follow closely the conversation and debate between the democrats and the republicans over the issue of raising the debt limit in the United States. There were fears of a default and economic Armageddon if the debt limit was not raised by August 2rd, 2011. Looking at how the market “wall street” has …

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Nairobi Westgate Mall Bombing, Kenya


This is what I wrote two years ago about Somalia. Is it still relevant?? Is this a continuation of the indecisive political capitals in East Africa? Is Dar Es Salaam prepared for the incoming terrorist act? By Shaaban Fundi, I deeply regret the loss of lives and the senseless injuries caused by the bombings in …

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Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal


By Shaaban Fundi It has been all over the news channels for the most part of last and this week. It is a huge scandal involving 178 teachers and administrators in 44 different schools.  Some of the accused have already confessed to changing student's test answers and doing special arrangements to raise students' achievement in their …

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A story about appreciation


Unknown Author, One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview; the director did the last interview, made the last decision. The director discovered from the CV that the young man’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until …

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Student Wasting Valuable Time in Tanzanian Schools.


By Shaaban Fundi If education and how we educate our children is paramount to you, you may find Mr. Daudi Msseemmaa's (of lenana blog) excellent analysis of Twaweza recent report to be very insightful. Kudos to lenana blog for sharing this very interesting report and story.

Global Cycle Solutions


By Shaaban Fundi The title says it all. This is a company based in Arusha, Tanzania. They build bicycles universally adaptable cellphone chargers, maize sheller kits and beyond to help people in the remote areas of Tanzania make their work and lives much easier. check them out by clicking here.