final frontier...Our mission is to go where no one has ever gone
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. "
This quote by the immortal coach, John Wooden
could very well sum up this St. John’s program. As we move toward
the zenith of our program, our gratitude must go to all those that
went before us. The great minds that conceived and nourished the
cohort concept that certainly allowed us to move forward at warp
speed in order to view the apex in the distance. Those pioneers
from cohort I that dared to venture out into the unknowns of space
and to those visionaries that dared to blast off and go for the
outer limits as they worked outside their comfort zone.
At the fueling stage of this program, there
exist the theorists. One cannot go forward without looking at
conceptual framework and the body of work that has been generated
because of it.
Debra Stone and her political paradox lead us
down the road to power. The belief here is that the quest for power
is at the heart of all endeavors. Whether we are looking at our work
or our personal lives, this power need seems to be a driving force.
Stone’s model of society was well covered. Peruse the framework
below to better understand the conceptual framework of this
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Collins' philosophy is at the heart of much of what is going on in
the world today. Whether we view our companies as gobbling up one
another using the hedgehog principal or whether we are pushing “nay
sayers” off the bus, Collins is embedded consciously or
subconsciously in much that is going on.
special feature of the St. John’s program was the constant sharing
of different models of research. The link below will display a qualitative research paper that assisted in
solidifying that model of study for me.
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All was ready. Everything had been done. Projects Mercury and
Gemini. Seven years of Project Apollo. The work of more than 300,000
Americans. Six previous unmanned and manned Apollo flights.
Planning, testing, analyzing, training. The time had come.
We had a great deal of confidence. We had confidence in our
hardware: the Saturn rocket, the command module, and the lunar
module. All flight segments had been flown on the earlier Apollo
fights with the exception of the descent to and the accent from the
Moon's surface and, of course, the exploration work on the surface.
These portions were far from trivial, however, and we had
concentrated our training on them. Months of simulation with our
colleagues in the Mission Control Center had convinced us that they
Although confident, we were certainly not overconfident. In research
and in exploration, the unexpected is always expected. We were not
overly concerned with our safety, but we would not be surprised if a
malfunction or an unforeseen occurrence prevented a successful lunar
Excerpt from “The Eagle Has Landed"
By MICHAEL COLLINS
EDWIN E. ALDRIN, JR
In the anvils of time, nothing
stirs the imagination and soul as reading. Growing up, travel
was a luxury that did not visit the Moore household. There was
no motor vehicle and so our mode of transportation was by foot. Very early,
however, we learned to visit many different places through books.
The adults in our home made sure we had library cards since the idea
of home libraries did not exist. It was through books that I
experienced the world.
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With the advent of the space station, nations
that were once at odds have discovered the advantages of working
together in harmony. This model clearly demonstrates that advances
made by one will ultimately serve to benefit others. St. John’s
cohort educational model relies heavily on this concept. Individual
interests are important but do not take into account the many
artifacts that solitary members may forget. With the cohort model
fueling stations exist within each group that causes the whole to be
greater than the parts. The endless challenge of education will
continue to boost individual as well as collective learning. We are
on the edge of weightlessness that only time and space can define.
The beacon of light of this incredible journey is on the horizon.
With the help of the almighty, a safe landing will surely occur.
The link below provides you with access to my program synthesis.