…of push & pull…

It all adds up to a push for national standards. 

“The failure of a growing proportion of Canadian students to understand even the most basic math concepts is strengthening the push from some educators to adopt national standards, improve teacher training and return to teaching basic equations.”

Canada ranks 13th internationally in math scores, down 3 spots from 2009, and 6 spots from 2009.

Reminds me of that  kid’s song Inch Worm!—“Two and two are four, four and four are eight, Eight and eight are sixteen, sixteen and sixteen are thirty-two…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVp8oJ2N_1M

“Tis not the season of marigolds, but summer beckons in the New Year less than 30 days away!….

An advertisement for Vancouver’s upcoming Push Festival caught my eye yesterday as it’s start date is shared by a good friend expectant mom’s  due date!!……Push! Push! Push! ……just what is the Push Festival you might ask?……”Vancouver’s festival for the Performing Arts!”….You can check it out here for its 10th Anniversary season!….http://pushfestival.ca/

Cheers for a wonderful event!…..”150 performances, 7 countries represented over 20 days!”…14th January-February 2nd!

Mathematically speaking, with Advent now in full swing, the countdown to Christmas has begun!

Sometimes, I think we all need a nudge,-a push or gentle reminder about what the Season is really about!….Hope, Peace, Joy & Love….

In the frenzy that’s so easy to get caught up in, is it possible to pull ourselves away from some of the consumerism and maybe change just one or two of our habits of being about the Season??

We live in a world where hope & optimism is far too often, on so many levels, easily  dimininished.  When things get tough, remember—- ‘you can do it!’….

“To be admitted to Nature’s hearth costs nothing.  None is excluded but excludes oneself. You have only to push aside the curtain.” – Henry David Thoreau

“If you never budge, don’t expect a push!”- Malcolm Forbes

“Push yourself again and again, Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds” – Larry Bird  (…”inch worm”….)

“In order to shake an hypothesis, it’s sometimes not necessary to do anything other than push it as far as it will go.” – Denis Diderot

“They tell me, ‘ok, this is where you’re going to push up your cleavage’ and I’m like, ‘what cleavage?’ ” – Natalie Portman

“Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the alarm, it’s too late.” – Rita Coolidge

“Reach for it! Push yourself as far as you can!” – Christie McAuliffe

and one last ‘wintry’ theme & beyond….:

“I always pull over for people who need a push!” -Esai Morales

Cheers to a mid-week Wednesday that whispers, helpfully & caringly —–“push”…

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