“The Genius Factor”
CHUCK M. UYEDA
I want to convey my appreciation to the readers and supporters who conveyed their thoughts about my book. I decided to do a rewrite. The readers’ suggestions were invaluable. The book and shipping cost were a concern especially for our international supporters.
I decided to rewrite three of my books and publish them as e-books. It would reduce the cost of publishing and mailing. I am changing the titles and including knowledge and information not available over the thirty years of writing and publishing. The goal is to have the copyrighted e-books ready for sale by January 2014.
The goal of JOY OF LEARNING AND BEING HUMAN is to develop the mental habits of geniuses and history’s greatest people. CMU guarantees that “The Genius Factor” will develop world-class mental habits of children living in the ghettos of the world and attending the poorest public schools. I believe in the brain’s unlimited potential.
JOY OF LEARNING AND BEING HUMAN, “The Genius Factor,” will develop the mental habits of geniuses and extraordinary human beings. 1. Geniuses are copious readers. Reading is a habit. Students trained to read one to three hours each day will become successful in life. Graduation reading requirements: elementary school-3,000 books, high school-3,000 books, and college-10,000. 2. In “The Genius Factor” every student will learn to speed read and practice daily. The brain trained in the techniques of speed-reading will be able to read rapidly with comprehension. 3. Speed-reading requires knowing the meaning of thousands of words It is important to recognize and memorize the prefixes, roots, and suffixes in words to expand one’s vocabulary. 4. Geniuses have the capacity to concentrate and recall a vast amount of information. People trained to memorize facts, information, poetry, and lists daily are developing a photographic mind. “The Genius Factor” requires students to use mnemonic and memory techniques daily. 5. The mathematical mind requires learning and working with abacus and doing daily drills in mental calculations. Fifteen minutes of daily drills can develop a mathematical mind. 6. Twenty to fifty questions daily about cooking, exercise, hygiene, illnesses, and brain development will make science their favorite and most interesting academic discipline. 7. Classical and ethnic music lessons from age three elevate consciousness in being human. 8. Five minutes of meditation before each class awakes the genius and creative mind. Sounds and noise are unceasing. It is a mental health problem. 9. Lessons in etiquette and ethics are necessary in the evolution of human beings. 10. Yoga, martial arts, and dance will improve children’s body and mind. 11. Learning life’s skills is necessary for successful living such as lessons in work ethics, money management, investments, home economics, hygiene, parenting, and social etiquette. 12. Fifty percent of students will graduate high school before their fifteen birthday. Subject level is determine by interest and ability and not chronological age in “The Genius Factor.” Eight year old students will study physics and chemistry and do research in bioengineering. Twelve year old students will learn advance farming techniques, computer sciences, architecture, medicine, and automobile design.
It is time for Americans to adopt new ideas in developing their children’s minds and habits. The government bases success or failure on tests scores. In reality, standardize and achievements tests are meaningless in predicting students’ potential. The world ranking for USA students are pathetic for the world’s richest country. Facts revealed to promote discourse and positive changes with our families, schools, and societies: 1. American high school students’ world ranking is 24th in reading, 32nd in mathematics, and 19th in science. 2. In the USA, 1,300,000 students dropout from elementary and high schools yearly. 3. Thirty-one percent of students quit before graduating from high school. 4. The graduation rate of African-Americans and Hispanic Americans is less than fifty percent. 5. High school graduation percentage is 18th in the world. 6. In fifty of America’s largest cities, the high school graduation rate is 52%. 7. From thirty to sixty-seven percent of high school graduates need remedial courses in reading and mathematics in their first year of college. 8. A study done by the United States Federal Government revealed that more than 30 million Americans were unable to read a grocery list, medical prescription, or book. Another 63 million had trouble reading the TV Guide or compare ticket prices for two events. Ninety-three million Americans are functionally illiterate or one-third of the population. 9. Thirty-one million students were unable to pay for their school fees and meals in 2011. 10. One out of five children in the USA, 20.6%, knows what it means to be hungry. 11. Only in America does a four year old child call an elder, who is seventy years old, by his first name. 12. Two-third of the population is obese or overweight, 207 million people. 13. Thirty-six percent of Americans (112,680,000) are obese including one out of five children. Scientists believe that 42 to 50% of the population will be obese in 2030. Twenty percent of children, 11 million, ages one to eight are obese. 14. Millions of Americans believe President Barack Obama is from Africa and a Muslim. He was born in Hawaii and a citizen of the USA. 15. The USA ranked 37th in the quality of medical care, and child-mortality is 42nd in the world. 16. Two million children in the USA are suffering from depression but only 38% are receiving therapy. 17. Fifteen percent of Americans, 47 million, are mentally ill, and fifty percent suffer from stress. Unfortunately, millions are not receiving any type of therapy. 18. Great Britain and USA’s children’s scores regarding their satisfaction with their lives are the lowest in the world. 19. It cost $400 to clothe a child attending public school for a year, and $1,000 to $25,000 for students wanting the latest styles. 19. Thirty-five percent of students from the 9th to 12th grade had a physical confrontation with another student. 20. There were 3 million complaints of bullying and millions more not reported. 21. Work-place violence happens over two million times yearly. 22. Americans own 300 million guns and assault weapons used by soldiers. They own 50% of all guns owned by individuals in the world with 4.2% of the population. 23. Thirty-three thousand Americans die by gun violence yearly compared to 2 to 11 in Japan. 24. The USA has spent over a trillion dollars hiring mercenary contractors to protect its soldiers, civilian workers, private businesses, government officials, and buildings in Iraq, Afghanistan, and countries worldwide in the past decade. 25. Harvard University’s professors Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Laureate) and Laura Bilmes calculated a $3 trillion price tag for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Did the USA spend another $3 trillion in Afghanistan, too? 26. USA’s military budget in larger than the next thirty countries combined total. 27. America has over 700 military bases in over 130 countries. 28. It has cost over a trillion dollars to frisk, x-ray, and classifying passengers boarding airplanes and ships as potential terrorists in the past ten years. When will this practice end? 2095? 29. The USA is the only country to use nuclear weapons on civilian populations. The used of atomic booms on civilian populations killed 80,000 in Nagasaki and 140,000 in Hiroshima. One million five hundred thousand died from radiation poison, injuries, defective genes, and suicide. 30. America has 2,400,000 prisoners. 31. Twenty-five percent of females are victims of sexual molestation in the USA. 32. The USA is the drug cartels number one customer. 33. The USA has eight million homeless people, and 16.4 million children suffer from hunger and poor nutrition. 34. The USA federal government pays farmers and corporations $5 billion yearly for not growing crops. 35. Over fifty percent of all soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have psychological problems. 36. One percent of the wealthiest Americans own more money that the bottom ninety percent. 37. Five Wal-Mart heirs have more money that 140 million Americans. 38. The average American watches 32 hours of TV weekly or 4 hours 57 minutes per day. 39. USA’s children ages 8 to 18 averages 8.5 hours of screen viewing daily. 40. The average American spends 4 minutes 45 seconds eating a meal. Dogs and pigs take two minutes or less. Evolution has not been kind to Americans. 41. Fifteen percent of America’s students are chronic absentees and not progressing academically. 42. Only 17% of charter schools scored above the national public school proficiency standard. 43. No Child Left Behind Act and all standardize tests are unable to predict the students’ potential and future. They waste time and billions of dollars yearly. 44. Seventy-five percent of high school graduates who take the military’s physical fitness exam fail. 45. During the Cold War(1945-1992), USA had 60,000 nuclear weapons and did hundreds of tests. 46. Only four percent of USA’s 500 largest corporation has a female CEO. 47. For every USA Congressperson, there are 24 paid lobbyists representing corporations and special interest groups. 48. Countries with nuclear weapons: USA, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea. 49. From 1942 to 1946, 127,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned for being ethnic Japanese. No one was found guilty of a crime in the court of law. 50. African-Americans suffered from racial prejudice for over three hundred years.
What does educated mean? Who am I? Questions asked for thousands of years by seekers of knowledge and wisdom. JOY OF LEARNING AND BEING HUMAN evolved after fifty years of contemplation to fulfill Rabindranath Tagore’s thoughts:
The evolution of man is the evolution of the creative personality. Man alone has the courage of standing against the biological laws. Behind all great nations and noble works done in the world, there have been noble ideas. An idea is that something which is the basis of creativity. It is true that life is full of misfortunes, but fortunate is he who knows how to utilize the ideas that can make him creative. Time is the greatest of all filter and ideas are the best of all wealth. Fortunate is that rare opportunity which helps one to express his ideas and abilities at the proper time.
Master storyteller: Crabbing on the shores of Maui, Hawaii during my youth, I talked with Hawaiian elders who frequented the beach. An elder looked into a bucket containing a dozen crabs and asked if I knew the habits of crabs. The elder revealed that crabs never permit the fearless, independent thinker from climbing out of the bucket. They did not want anyone to succeed while dolphins would hear and feel the vibrations of people in distress and sprint to their rescue. He said that in my lifetime, I would encounter many crabs and dolphins. Lesson learned and confirmed.