Best Attractions to See When Visiting Dallas, Texas

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Whether you’re a longtime resident of Dallas or merely visiting for a weekend, there are lots of sights to see and experience. Everyone can definitely find something to do in Dallas, whether it’s tasting great food, going shopping, or visiting historical landmarks. Plan your trip ahead of time and make an effort to see as much of this wonderful city as you can; regardless of what you decide to see, you’ll have an incredible time. No matter where your interests lie, find time to visit some of these great attractions.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

This museum is all about John F. Kennedy; it’s also reportedly from where the murderer of the president fired his shots. The museum is filled with exhibits and memorabilia related to the life, presidency, and death of JFK. If you visit, make sure to check out the replica Oval Office and the many historical videos kept in the museum. If you’re tired of walking outside, there’s a 15-acre park attached to the museum you can stroll around after touring the museum.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

If the weather’s nice and you feel like spending time outside, these gardens are stunning. Spanning nearly 70 acres, there are 19 different gardens you can wander through, filled with shady trees and beautiful flowers. There are plenty of places to have a picnic, so enjoy some time outside; you definitely won’t lack space. The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is also attached to the White Rock Lake and Park, so you can spend even more time in nature.

Reunion Tower

This skyscraper is one of the most distinctive features of Dallas’s skyline. It’s a globe that sits on top of supporting pillars and provides views overlooking the entire city. The globe is covered with lights that are eye-catching and make it impossible to miss when it’s lit up at night. In 2011, extensive renovations were done to Reunion Tower, which now has a revolving restaurant that gives diners a view of the entire city while they eat. There’s also the Geo-Deck observation room from which visitors can view the city.

Dallas Museum of Art

Opened more than 100 years ago in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art is home to 25,000 art pieces from all over the world. There are many permanent collections you can visit, spanning from Ancient Egypt to Claude Monet and more. In addition to the normal art pieces, there are always a few temporary art installations that visitors can experience.

Nasher Sculpture Center
In addition to the Dallas Museum of Art, the city abounds in many other art museums and exhibits. If you enjoy art, find time to visit the Nasher Sculpture Center. Using a mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Nasher Sculpture Center has beautiful statues you can spend hours looking at, such as Picasso, Rodin, and Ernst, to name a few. This sculpture museum is incredibly modern and will be a pleasant contrast to the Dallas Museum of Art.

6 Ways to be a Good Role Model for Students

Teachers play a huge role in children’s lives as they’re growing up. Students spend numerous hours every week in the classroom from ages 5 to 18. That’s a lot of time spent around teachers! For many students, their teachers may be the only role models they’re ever exposed to and they may spend more time with them than they do their actual parents. This issue is why it’s vital for teachers to prepare to be stellar role models to their students. Here are some ways they can accomplish that.

Passion

To be a good role model, you need to have passion for what you’re doing. As a teacher, this means you need to feel passionate about teaching and the students you teach. It’s so easy to burn out and feel hopeless when you’re having a tough year, but you can make it through if you have genuine passion for what you do. Your students will see this passion in you and it’ll hopefully spark some of their own for a certain subject or hobby!

Perseverance

Like I mentioned above, it’s easy for an educator to feel burned out. That’s why perseverance is such a vital quality to possess. You’ll need to persevere in order to be an astounding teacher, especially during those days when it’s tough to continue. When you have a difficult student, it’s important to be able to persevere and continue attempting to connect with them.

Values

It’s important to know what your personal set of values are when teaching. Students are going through the time in their lives when they’re trying to figure out who they are and what their own personal values should be. If you can stand firm in your values, it’ll encourage students to stick to theirs. Values differ from person to person, but a couple that are important for educators to own are honesty and humility. It’s important to admit mistakes so students realize you aren’t perfect, while also being upfront with them.

Commitment

To become an effective role model as a teacher, you need to be committed to the students and make sure they know that. They’ll trust you and believe your interest is sincere. A way to get this point across to them is to show a commitment to the local community as well. By volunteering and being involved outside of your workplace, you’ll show students that you have a genuine interest in them and where they’re from and you aren’t merely “doing your job.”

Respect

Have respect for your students. While it’s true that respect must be given to be received, many students may not understand what it’s like to have an adult who really cares about them and wants to listen. No matter how unruly a student may be, treat them with as much respect as possible. Try to never lose your temper and call them names or curse at them; these actions will break down any professionalism and cause students to not respect you.

Communication

The most important part of being a good role model is having the ability to communicate effectively with the students. By knowing how to talk to them about their interests, their hopes and dreams, and themselves, you’ll be able to connect with them on a deeper level, which will inspire them to view you as a role model.

Don’t Mess With Texas

 

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As Texans, we know that there is nothing better than the Lone Star state. We know it, and thanks to a variety of slogans, the rest of the country does too. People know that everything is bigger in Texas, and every knows not to mess with Texas, but do they know why? The saying, “Don’t mess with Texas,” asserts our strength, but this famous slogan has its own history. This slogan was created for a great cause, one as valiant as the people of our state.

A little over 30 years ago, Texas was allocating a huge amount of money to cleaning the highways across our state. By 1985, the state was spending nearly $20 million annually, to pick up the trash Texans were throwing out of their windows as they drove around the state. As a response, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) hired advertising agency GSD&M to create a slogan as part of an anti-littering campaign. The project was led by Mike Blair and GSD&M founder Tim McClure, and was targeting the 18-35-year-old male demographic. The team had some difficulty convincing TXDOT to adopt the slogan, who wanted to try a tamer slogan like, “Keep Texas Beautiful.” McClure and Blair knew an ordinary statement wouldn’t inspire anyone to resist throwing their garbage anywhere they pleased, so the campaign stuck with “Don’t Mess With Texas.”

The campaign launched in 1985, with bumper stickers as the vehicle for spreading the message. A year later, the campaign aired its first TV advertisement, and the slogan made a television debut. The ad ran during the 50th annual Cotton Bowl Classic on January 1st, of 1986 and featured Stevie Ray Vaughn singing the class “Eyes of Texas” with the slogan “Don’t Mess With Texas” added at the end. The TXDOT has worked with many other famous faces in “Don’t Mess With Texas” public service announcements, including Lance Armstrong, Willie Nelson, and even Chuck Norris.

The TXDOT, McClure and Blair didn’t know this slogan would become as ubiquitous as it is today, but it has become “an identity statement, a declaration of Texas swagger.” The slogan is federally trademarked, and the TXDOT has tried to enforce trademark rights with very little success. It is printed on all types of souvenir goods, spreading the message to others across the country, and maybe even internationally. The campaign was successful in reducing litter across Texan highways, but today, the slogan lives on in the spirit of Texan pride.

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The Effort to Enroll the Uninsured

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The Obama administration has announced recently that with the next round of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act happening quite soon, they will be focusing on certain areas of the country.
Two major areas to focus on are: Dallas and Houston. Interestingly, the secretary o health and human services Sylvia Mathews Burwell said on Tuesday that this year will be quite different than last year in terms of open enrollment.

Many uninsured people have already signed up for healthcare, which leaves a smaller pool of eligible people to sign up. Ms. Burwell stated that their goal this enrollment period is to focus on 10.5 million Americans who are uninsured.

To be clear, the enrollment period starts on November 1st and goes through January 31st, 2016. Ms. Burwell also said that they expect about 9.1 million people to have coverage through the marketplace, which is where state and federal exchange programs and information for where people can buy insurance.

The issues that may arise when signing up for insurance or help from marketplaces is that some people fail to pay their premiums, which brings the numbers down on a national level in terms of who is insured. Other instances include issues of inadequately answering questions o federal employees about citizenship or immigration status.

Another interesting fact that Ms. Burwell brings up is that many of the eligible uninsured in the specific pool of people being target for this enrollment period are between the ages of 18 and 34.

Last year, the Census Bureau reported that the number of Americans without health insurance has dropped 8.8 million since last year – because of the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, 33 million people are still uninsured and the goal is to get every eligible American insured within the next few years.

Houston and Dallas will be big focal points for the health and human services department. We should be encouraging families and individuals to sign up and receive health insurance!

Startup Scene Brewing in Austin

It’s interesting to see cities grow and evolve! It’s no secret that Austin, Texas, is a large tech hub attracting young professionals around the world. Many intelligent, creative people have made the move to Austin to live a better quality life and work at the company of their dreams.

5 Reasons to Move to Texas

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Texas has a pretty well-known reputation for being the Cowboy state; full of extremely right-wing people and great barbecue.

A few things people don’t know about the new Texas is that it’s full of students, young adults, and tech-inspired people followin their dreams. Texas has evolved into a very diverse state of people from all different walks of life.

Of course, Texas as a whole has maintained it’s reputation as being a big, lively, and different place to live. Not only being a beautiful part of the country, Texas has so much history and to see it evolving into a very positive place for many early entrepreneurs and creatives, this makes it a hotspot for plenty of people to move. Here are a few reasons why a lot of people are making the move to Texas.

1. It’s cheaper. The cost of living is so low that a great quality life is inexpensive. Housing, food, and other items are at a lower cost than many other places in the country.

2. Lower taxes. There is no personal income tax in Texas and no corporate income tax. There is a sales tax, but it is still lower than most other states.

3. Low unemployment. This means there are jobs! Surprising because there is a major lack of work in other states near by. This is a great thing for people looking to stabilize and grow their career.

4. Good schools. The school system in Texas is one of the best int he country. They take care of all students regardless of economical status or minority.

5. Very little to no snow. This is great news for East coasters or Northerners! The weather is temperate year-round.

Texas is attracting young people everywhere to live a happy, cheaper, fuller live with great culture – especially in cities like Austin!

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Texas Legislators: Missing the Big Picture

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Recently, a new study claims that across the state of Texas there have been more Latino drop outs from high school, but an increase in college enrollment. The issue with this is that some legislators may not be looking at the right numbers to glean this statistic. So the real story may be still hidden, especially when the Latinos’ population growth has expanded. This issue has been projected to be a huge problem in the future if Texas doesn’t do something about this now.

Dallas is having some issues with their kids graduating from college. Within the past two years, graduation rates have been dropping and it’s alarming to advocates who have fought for this for the past 5 to 10 years.

The interesting fact about this projected statistic is that the Latino college enrollment rate has shot up recently. These colleges are primarily two-year institutions and many never finish to get their AA or Bachelor degrees.

This data comes from Pew Research Center and the last in-depth study was made in 2013-2014. A lot has happened in the matter of just over a year, and it appears that state officials will not be acting on the statistics.

The major issue for the legislators not to act is because of the school Financing Lawsuit and its unresolved state. They say that until the lawsuit is settled, there cannot be any actions made to improve things in Texas. In 2011, very deep budget cuts were made across the country. Texas is still struggling to improve their conditions, as are many other states in the country. Unfortunately, Texas has ranked to be 49th on the list in terms of having the least funding per student. This is appalling.

Many people think the funding is not the core issue. The bottom line is that there is a lack of accountability and choices within the community and government. This needs to change, and we can change it together.

Texas Sites: San Antonio

Robert Peters Manor TexasSan Antonio is the second most populous city in Texas, and is the fastest growing city in the list of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. That means one and a half million people need things to do whether it be touring a scenic landscape of national parks or getting rowdy at the rodeo. Whether you’re into trekking through quiet caves, standing in awe at roaring beasts, relaxing along the river, or revisiting history at the nation’s oldest cathedral, San Antonio has more than one thing to offer you. Here’s a few of the invaluable experiences to be had next time you’re in Texas:

The Alamo Mission
Remember the Alamo? The pivotal battle in Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico? The Alamo retains a great deal of history reverberating through the walls of this old church. The building was constructing under the Spanish Empire back in the 1700s and its colonial architecture entices 4 million travelers annually making it one of the most popular sites in the country. Near the Alamo, churches and museums offer re-enactments of historical events, and the building itself boasts an impressive gift shop.

The Paseo del Río River Walk:
After a flood in 1921 devastated much of the area, plans for a dam were up in the air. However, after successful protest the plan changed to constructing a walkway alongside the San Antonio River. The area is a series of walkways that traces the urban center’s many waterfront hot spots for shopping and dining, and the scene has developed into a tourist attraction for its historicity and leisure. Easy access to malls, theaters, and casinos is available all along the pathways. What’s more is many buildings on the river have additional riverside entryways which has created a pedestrian network of bridges and walkways separate from the original roads. When walking gets tiresome, sit in a boat and take a scenic tour down the river. Nothing beats the golden glow of streetlights reflected in the river at night.

The McNay Art Museum
If taking a break from the cowboy culture, the first museum of modern art featured in Texas should offer a fresh set of exhibitions. With World War II commemorations, a catalogue of Rodin to Warhol, and interactive, three-dimensional sculptures the museum stands as the city’s new figurehead for artistic culture. The San Antonio Museum of Art offers more exhibits for the unspecialized viewer, and the Witte Museum is dedicated to natural history and features ancient pieces such as cave drawings and dinosaur fossils. More modern exhibits at the Witte include a recreation of a crime scene mimicking the forensics of the CBS show CSI.

Tower of America
The tallest building in San Antonio, gives a powerful 360˚ view of the city. If it isn’t a convincing site per se it will provide you with your next adventure. The tower hosts a few restaurants and popular radio stations.
Sources:
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