Learning is about Discovery, Growth and Understanding. We integrate it into our way of thinking and our lives change. Our lives change because our perceptions change. We may have adopted a notion about something and through mass misunderstanding the ‘myth becomes fact’. People used to wash their hands in DDT thinking that it was harmless. Nowadays we know the skin will absorb many chemicals including Hormones and Nicotine. Another source is ‘Story telling’. Where it was used to explain phenomena over the centuries but is taken out of it’s ‘context’. Each generation questions with a healthy skepticism. These regular tests of our understanding of what we think is science and religion keeps us moving forward towards enlightenment as individuals and as a population.
The Vancouver Whitecaps Residency are going to be challenged with bringing along their group of youngsters quickly. They’ve got an international cast of players in the 19-21 age group, and they do have the advantage of playing in competitions before and after the PDL season. What they don’t have is a dedicated home fan base or a history of winning at the PDL level beyond their debut season back in 2008.
If you like tri-nations, super 15, and other rugby games that are not in the world cup would you still be interested? Rugby World Cup 2011 contains none of these and only 5 modes. The world cup, single international tests, warm up tours, some international tests,, penalty shoot-outs, multi-player games, but only two people can participate. Half the teams don’t feature any of the current world class players, but faceless characters no one even knows. So in reality you getting half a world cup for full price. Of course, you can name the players through the games editor function, but with no faces to the characters, is that any fun?
The Abbotsford Mariners are usually up for a good match, they just have been overmatched on the talent level in recent years. This season they have a new sponsor and a renewed sense of purpose within Abbotsford Wide soccer cleats. The Mariners may pull an upset or two over the season, but it is hard to see them finishing anywhere but the lower part of the table. The Mariners have most of their home matches at the beginning of the year, so maybe that will help them get off to a winning start.
Notes: I think you could literally interchange any of the clubs 3-6. Tacoma could finish third if they get off to a fast start and find a defensive leader. Crossfire could go higher if they gel quickly. North Sound will need to shake off years of struggle as the relocated Yakima Reds.
Newer teams like Tecumseh, Grand Haven, Zeeland, Canton, Mattawan and Hartland were playing meaningful games on or near Memorial Day. I don’t think the players, coaches and parents from those schools thought it was a watered down championship. Now those school systems are producing more and more skilled players and those winning seasons started the ball rolling.
After that, I would suggest anything by Jack Prelutsky, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comics, and poems by Shel Silverstein. For age 6 to 9, Bruce Coville’s My Teacher Is An Alien series or Mark Crilley’s Akiko books.