Tue, 11/17/2009 - 23:37
John Taylor Gatto Interview - Epilogue
One of the most disturbing issues raised by John Taylor Gatto’s interview is the point that breaking the family bond has been a hidden agenda of compulsory government schooling from its inception. Slowly erode the adult-child relationship and the allegiance of children naturally drifts from the family to the authority of ‘the system.’ Do this long enough and the next generation has no idea what a deep and meaningful parent-child relationship looks like.
Tue, 11/10/2009 - 21:02
Sat, 10/31/2009 - 21:57
I Know What Love Is...
‘I love you, darling.’ ‘I love you, too.’ I love Pixel the cat. I love radiant sunsets, trees, grass, turtles, the way the ocean splashes against the shore. I love baseball, beer, good movies and trashy novels. Yes! I know what love is.
In ancient Greece Helen of Troy symbolized the prized possession of love that brough disaster to those who tried to keep her. A stolen bride is given in marriage to a wealthy Spartan king who wins her in a contest. Later she is carried off by Paris, the Trojan prince, an act that launched a thousand ships and a ten year war complete with a wooden horse filled with hidden soldiers.
Mon, 08/31/2009 - 21:16
Dreams Are Real (while we are dreaming)
A new bumper sticker reads: "Don't believe everything you think."
That's very good advice and we are going to explore why.
Consider, among other things, that the human brain and nervous system is a dream machine pumping out a near constant flow of images that are so real that we think they are real!
Mon, 08/03/2009 - 22:35
Prediction and Control VS Creative Human Development
Two mighty forces shape the debate raging around school reform, a social, economic and political issue every much as challenging as healthcare reform. What follows is some of the best thinking on this issue from two respected colleagues. Read both. You won't be disapointed.
Wed, 07/29/2009 - 12:00
Bonded to What?
by Michael Mendizza
Mainstream parenting, compulsory schooling and organized religion share a common goal – conditioning, modifying and training the hearts and minds of children – quoting Alice Miller, for their own good, of course. To accomplish this each and most every other cultural institution employ the same tactics – comparison, threats, praise, punishment and rewards, done primarily to maintain that institution’s place in the social order - often at the expense of the child’s true development.