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Sunday, July 29, 2012

From a Cousin in Aurora, Colorado and the Sunday Education Weekly Reader 07.29.12

Welcome to the Sunday Education Weekly for 07.29.12

My cousin sent this to me not long after the Aurora shootings.  She writes:  

I watched this and thought I should send it to lots and lots of people with all the garbage that's gone in Aurora.  I smiled and cried at the same time ...but want to share this with you.  It's a very good one.

In the midst of suffering, the human spirit can triumph.  This spirit of perseverance cannot be chalked up to tracking human beings, assessments fashioned by education companies to determine future employment opportunities and students' resultant data sets.   The joy in life is connecting with human beings (not human capital) in ways that don't even require words.

With thanks to my dear cousin.

Happy People Dancing on Planet Earth
Video Credit: Matt Harding & Melissa Nixon; Music: Trip the Light
Explanation: What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, planned on dancing, and filmed the result. The above video, the latest in a series of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious -- few people are able to watch the above video without smiling.

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