Sunday, December 31, 2006
"Come this way" - some tell me with sweet eyes
Extending their arms, certain
that it would be good if only I'd listen
When they tell me: "Come this way!"
I look at them with weary eyes,
(filled with scorn and tiredness)
Cross my arms,
And simply don't go there...
My glory is this:
To create outrage!
And never follow anyone.
- Because I live with the same lack of will
With which I ripped my mother's womb
No, I won't follow your path!
I'll only go where my own steps
will lead me...
If what I seek to know
none of you can answer
Why do you repeat: "Come this way!"?
I'd rather slip in muddy alleys,
Follow the winds,
Wear rags, drag my bleeding feet,
than follow your path...
If I came to this world, it was
to explore virgin forests,
And draw my own feet in unexplored sand!
Anything else is worth nothing.
How? Could you ever give me the drive, tools and courage
I need to knock down my own obstacles?...
It runs, in your veins, your grandparents' old blood,
And you love what is easy!
I love what is distant and mirages,
I love abysses, torrents, deserts...
Go! You have your roads,
Your gardens, your flowerbeds,
You have your homeland, your roofs,
And you have your rules, thesis, philosophers, and wisemen...
I have my Insanity!
I raise it, like a beam, burning in the dark night,
And I feel saliva, blood, and poems in my lips...
God and the Devil are my guides, nobody else.
You've all had fathers, you've all had mothers;
But I, who never start or finish,
I was born of the love that there is between God and Devil.
Oh, don't come to me with your pious intentions!
Don't come asking for definitions!
Don't come tell me: "Come this way!"
My life is a storm that got loose,
A wave that rose.
It's an extra atom that became animated...
I don't know which path to follow,
I don't know where I'm going
- I Know I'm not following your path!
Saturday, December 30, 2006
DJ has been busy with his forum and some new games he got at Xmas. He has recently discovered Deicide, another free multiplayer online game, and is getting into it.
Frida Kahlo: Portrait of a Woman
They are so damn 'intellectual' and rotten that I can't stand them anymore....I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those 'artistic' bitches of Paris. [on Andre Breton and the European surrealists](...) I never knew I was a surrealist till Andre Breton came to Mexico and told me I was.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Online: Education and Inspections Bill - Briefing on School Expansion from Human Scale Education (thanks Fiona!)
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Edison was a great believer in failure as a natural part of the path to success. When attempting to develop a better battery, Edison performed around 50,000 tests without success. Edison never became discouraged: "At least we know 50,000 things that won't work!" The battery he developed is still used today. He also did more than 2,000 experiments to find the right filament for the light bulb!
Monday, December 25, 2006
"Let us celebrate Christmas.
Let us celebrate
Let us celebrate
And every minute
of our life.
Let us rekindle love, friendship,
joy and enthusiasm
in us today.
Let us live today a purposeful and
And tomorrow will be another day of
Let us live each day as a
Ringu Tulku, Gangtok
Link from Fiona (thanks!)
Is home-schooling right for your child?
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
E-Petitions We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Grant home educators the right to sit exams in local schools as independent students.
Link Education Revolution
News Degree classification: Have the Desmond and Vorderman had their day?
"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do." by Helen Keller
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
|You Are 12% Capitalist, 88% Socialist|
You see a lot of injustice in the world, and you'd like to see it fixed. As far as you're concerned, all the wrong people have the power. You're strongly in favor of the redistribution of wealth - and more protection for the average person.
"To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest."
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
|You Are Midnight|
You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.
Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.
Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.
You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.
so many of us happily buy into this 'Xmas' consumerist scam when right now so many others are without a home? If you're not aware of what's going on you can always watch evicted or check no home.
I accidently came across Say no to Christmas and thought it was right up my street... Anyway, DJ & F are playing and I just overheard them talking about "What Would Buddha Do?" and having a good laugh - kids are great!
Xmas stuff 4 kids
"Merry Christmas" in different languages
Christmas carols - sheet music
Monday, December 18, 2006
You can watch it online. I've finally got on with the EO Questionnaire and we managed to finish watching the History of Hacking (parts 2-6)- with Steve Wozniak, Kevin Mitnick and others.
More Fun Stuff
Catherine Tate - Lauren's French Oral
Catherine Tate - What are you wearing?
Catherine Tate - Lauren - Farmer?
Catherine Tate - Lauren - Are you gay, sir?
14 Days of Homeschooling To the tune of "Twelve Days of Christmas."
News: Patients win right to keep records off NHS computer
Check This: Ross Anderson
Free E-book: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Sunday, December 17, 2006
A Christmas Carol part 1
A Christmas Carol part 2
A Christmas Carol part 3
A Christmas Carol part 4
Jesus, Birth & Youth - Pt 1 of 3
Jesus Birth & Youth - Pt 2 of 3
Jesus, Birth & Youth - Pt 3 of 3
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Garfield Christmas Special Part 1
A Garfield Christmas Special Part 2
A Garfield Christmas Special Part 3
A Scooby Doo Christmas pt I
A Scooby Doo Christmas pt Il
A Scooby Doo Christmas pt III
South Park Woodland Critter Christmas part 1
South Park Woodland Critter Christmas part 2
South Park Woodland Critter Christmas part 3
South Park - Cartmans Christmas Song
"Ziggy's Gift" Part 1 of 3
"Ziggy's Gift" Part 2 of 3
"Ziggy's Gift" Part 3 of 3
The night before christmas Tom & Jerry 1941
Tweety & Sylvester: Gift Wrapped (1951)
More Xmas Cartoons
Saturday, December 16, 2006
"This is a copy of the letter that you will need to send to your GP if you want him or her to put a "stop" on your records being uploaded to the NHS "spine" automatically.
Exercising right to opt out
As you are probably aware, the Government is intending to ask you to transfer the electronic medical records of your patients onto a national database called the “spine”. They intend you to do this without first seeking the consent of your patients. It is BMA policy that patients should give their individual consent prior to their information being transferred on to the national database.
There are substantial concerns about the privacy and confidentiality of information transferred onto the national database, not least because promised software security safeguards called “sealed envelopes” will not be in place and because the patient’s instructions with regard to who may access the records can be overridden. I do not believe that such a large database, with so many staff users, can be regarded as secure.
I would be grateful if you would ensure that none of my records held by you are entered onto the national system. Would you please also file or scan a copy of this letter in my records and also record my dissent by entering the “Read code” - ‘93C3. - Refused consent for upload to national shared electronic record.’ into my computer record. I am aware of the implications of this request and will notify you should I change my mind.
This request is itself confidential. Please do not divulge my decision, in an identifiable manner, to anyone other than to clinicians who are providing care to me and who might otherwise place information about me on the national care records service.
Further information for GPs is available online at www.TheBigOptOut.org/for_GPs
Watch This: Suspect Nation
foundation for information policy research
UK Debt Statistics
Friday, December 15, 2006
Art - DJ had some fun with linerider.
History: I just went to his room and he said: "It's the year 1086. I'm attacking a castle of the Byzantine Empire. I am the Turks, I'm on the way to the Holy Land and I'm going to attack and capture it. Then I'm going to get a massive army to defend it, in case the Pope calls a cruzade on Jerusalem." DJ also reminded me that the empire's capital was Constantinople, which used to be called Byzantium. Now it's Istanbul, in Turkey.
Tech/ICT - watched part 1 & 2 of The History of Hacking
On the news: The children's list that will do more harm than good
Take Action: Urge UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Appoint a Special Envoy for Darfur here
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Other than that, this morning I visited a local secondary school and spent an hour chatting with the school's SENCO. It was a good meeting - I felt listened to and understood - and I appreciated the openness and honesty - including the recognition that schools are, first and foremost, institutions and that they are NOT the right place for some children - neurotypicals or otherwise... I also enjoyed hearing break times being described as 'yes, it's a real jungle out there!' So, we're keeping our options open but will definitely not rush into anything... especially after today's breakthrough. The most important thing for me was to enable DJ to rediscover the pleasure and love of learning - maybe because I'm so passionate about it - and that's what happened today. Unfortunately schools can take that away...
The Big Opt Out Protect your privacy and campaign to preserve medical confidentiality
E-petitions We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that the DFES provide guidelines for the use of biometric technologies in schools.
Millions may resist database, says poll
Children’s Databases – Safety and Privacy, A Report for the Information Commissioner by the Foundation for Information Policy Research
On the news:
Home Office expert who helped set up a national database admits child porn charge
And you start giving me advice,
You have not done what I asked.
When I ask that you listen to me,
And you begin to tell me why I shouldn't feel that way.
You are trampling on my feelings.
When I ask you to listen to me,
And you feel you have to do something to solve my problem,
You have failed me, strange as it may seem.
Listen: All that I ask is that you listen,
Not talk or do anything, just hear me.
When you do something for me
That I need to do for myself,
You contribute to my fear and feelings of inadequacy.
But, when you accept as a simple fact
That I do feel what I feel, no matter how irrational,
Then I can quit trying to convince you
And go about the business
Of understanding what's behind my feelings.
So, please listen and just hear me
And, if you want to talk,
Wait a minute for your turn and I'll listen to you.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
We enjoyed Captain Capitalism Flash Animation Series
Nightmare Red Christmas
Piggy Bank Pinko
We also watched Pirates & Emperors and What Makes Us Tick Part 1 & Part 2, a 1950s cartoon on the workings of the stock market; the basics on what a stock market is and why we should choose to have one. Promotes the stock market as the engine of America's prosperity.
You can find more capitalist propaganda animations here.
DJ also watched parts 1 & 2 of An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.
Abbie's Blog - Autonomously educating a 10 y.o. on the autistic spectrum
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
DJ was desperate to return to the familiarity of his cocoon; although I encouraged him to stay I decided to keep my word as I had said I'd be prepared to leave early if he felt the need to go back home. I'm gonna miss this place, people I met, eating together, making music, chanting, chatting, etc. The plan is to be back in March for the Home Educators Development Week!
"To live well with other human beings, adults or children, is a subtle art. Rules for doing it are not much help. But if I had to make a general rule for living and working with children it ought be this: be very wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued. 'Mind your own business' is not a bad minor rule in human affairs."
To be free of the constant pressure of adults, rules, regulations; to be left alone, to not be harassed all the time about hair, clothes, homework, exams, college; things to do; a society to grow in and into, a society that makes sense, has reasonable purposes, that they can trust and respect."
Saturday, December 09, 2006
I've been flicking through The Underachieving School by John Holt. The 1st chapter starts with: "True learning - learning that is permanent and useful, that leads to intelligent action and further learning - can arise only out of the experience, interests, and concerns of the learner."
Friday, December 08, 2006
Monkton Wyld Court will be hosting a Home Educators Development Week in March and I'm thinking about booking while I'm here.
After 2 days of playing and socialising DJ is having a 'hermit' day, which gives me another opportunity to be aware of my thoughts and feelings around his need for solitude. I've found some John Holt's books in the library, and started to read Freedom and Beyond - lots of food for thought, like:
"Schools do not have the power of life and death over children. But they do have the power to cause them mental and physical pain, to threaten, frighten, and humiliate them, and to destroy their future lives."
"Every time we try to manage the lives of young people, we give up the chance to see how they might have managed their own lives, and to learn what we might have learned from their doing it."
Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth
Thursday, December 07, 2006
We're here and having a great time. It took me 2hrs to persuade DJ to come along - what did it in the end was to grab the PC and put it in the back of the car! He has now made a new friend and is enjoying himself. I'm loving the experience of community living. And guess what? I milked a cow yesterday, for the 1st time ever! What a wonderful experience! And met lots of interesting people, including 2 home-educating families.
Buy Nothing Christmas
An Inconvenient Truth
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
"Our best learning is ignited and fueled by a need to know - a natural urge or movement from within to know something pertinent, something particular that helps bring us more fully into being and into the world. This includes both knowledge of self and knowledge of the world, which from this view are interconnected and interdependent." Aaron Stern
“At the heart of every age is a unique impulse out of which, through the course of events and under favorable conditions, emerges a new cultural body. It is as if each age had its own DNA, which lives first in the consciousness of a few individuals who, like artists, create out of their irrational imaginations the planetary mystical perceptions that begin as heresy and end up as heritage.” Milenko Mitanovic
Academy for the Love of Learning
Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk
Independent media in a time of war
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Your Planet Needs You
Foundation Global Community
One World Radio
Engage With the Dream
Consumers or global citizens?
From dominion to stewardship
Hospicing the old, midwiving the new
You are the people you are waiting for!
There's nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come
What did you do when you knew?
What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”
Benito Mussolini(Italian dictator, 1883-1945)
Hear an interview with Jan Lundberg on peak oil and cultural change (audio) After musical introduction, oil analyst and activist Jan Lundberg introduces the Peak Oil issue and the need for a deep level cultural shift to respond.
Talking Heads' David Byrne, Autistic, member of hidden horde
Did you know Gary Numan is Autistic?
Beautiful Minds: A Voyage Into the Brain
Autism Harmony and Humour
Vernon Smith, Nobel Prize Winner & Autistic, "Accept Us"
2002 Nobel Prize winner in economics and Aspie, in an interview with CNBC.
The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow
"The amazing story of Dr. Temple Grandin" - BBC
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Documentary on the life and music of Mozart
Glen Gould - On And Off the Record
Documentary about Glenn Gould
Heartbeat of Ghana
Documentary on the history of drumming in Ghana, its impact on its culture and the danger of it being lost with todays new music influences - 9mns
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Communication We talked about education, lifestyles, society, health, friendships, induhviduals (proper spelling, meaning neurotypicals) etc
Food Tech DJ helped chopping vegetables
geosense wind power food tech english
school history alien language curriculum bits statistics maths guru
They Work For You: you can comment on what has been said in parliament re. "provisions being made in the Every Child Matters initiative for families who opt for education at home."
Why aren't you in school, Mr Tompkins?
Greenpeace - Tony Blair is building a new nuclear weapon
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
We got an email from Laura Jackson, who works for a TV company called RDF Television. Laura is currently researching families who choose to educate their children from home and looking for contacts. If you're home-educating your child you can call Laura on 020 7013 4362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We also got a phone call from the Family Information Service Development Worker wanting to know if info about the Aspies' Parents Group could be included on their newsletter...
Today's Quote - Socrates
“No study pursued under compulsion remains rooted in the memory.”
Monday, November 27, 2006
On The Media
Dr Phil Great School Debate
New York Times Home Schoolers Content to Take Children’s Lead
Sunday, November 26, 2006
This does not mean that no one should ever influence or try to influence what others think and feel. We all touch and change (and are changed by) those we live and work with. We are by instinct talkative and social creatures, and naturally share with those around us our view of reality. Both in my work as writer and lecturer, and among my friends, I do this all the time. But I refuse to put these others in a position where they feel they have no choice but to agree with me, or seem to agree. This is why, except as an occasional visitor, I will no longer do my teaching in compulsory and competitive schools..."
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Stone Age sophisticated tools; construction of Stonehenge and Woodhenge; 1st British currency; Iron Age houses and early chariots.
Einstein: Shedding Light On The Universe
The Elegant Universe
String's the Thing and Welcome to the 11th Dimension
PSHE Citizenship: Political Literacy
Hank Hill Speaks Up About Bush Terrorism and Iraq War
On The News
Child database 'will ruin family privacy' "Parents will be devalued and family privacy shattered by the mass surveillance of all 12 million children in England and Wales."
Warning over data on children “There has been a substantial growth in the information held about children and this is something we need to look at carefully.”
Database details 'harm children "Serious dangers exists from the growth of government databases on children (...) This raises serious data protection concerns relating to the appropriateness of collecting, processing and retaining the data"
Join the Ceasefire Campaign: Stop the War
Today's Quote - George Orwell 1984 -"The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. (...) In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not (...) victory (...), but to keep the very structure of society intact."
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
You are very intuitive and ingenious. You're attracted to any field of study that lets you break the rules.
Who are we dealing with?
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) is the government department that is responsible for developing strategies in education. They see part of their remit as aiming to achieve excellence for all and their functions will accord with the Every Child Matters agenda.
You can read more about the DfES
What are they going to do?
Last year, the DfES carried out a consultation on draft local authority Home Education guidelines. They consulted lots of Local Authorities and a handful of home education organisations, but would not accept contributions from individual home educators. Many home educators felt this meant that the consultation did not adequately or fairly represent the views of a large portion of the HE community.
Following this consultation, the DfES have not produced new guidelines. Instead, they now intend to conduct another consultation on Elective Home Education. They describe the proposed consultation as being "a full one, conducted via the Department's consultation website."..where they hope to ensure that the documents are accessible to as many people as possible.
The consultation website is here.
What will they be consulting about?
From emails that have been sent to some home educators by officials at the DfES, it appears that the DfES is considering using the Every Child Matters Agenda to insist that home educators conform to standards as decided by the state. We don’t know exactly how they are planning to do this, but it is likely to involve them trying to tell us what our children’s education should ‘cover’ and checking we are delivering the education they want through a system of monitoring visits.
DfES officials have said that:
“The state cannot currently prescribe what form of education parents should provide, whilst all maintained and independent school provision is prescribed in legislation and subject to inspection. This anomaly is at odds with Every Child Matters reforms, supported by the Children Act 2004, which set out the Government's aim to improve educational outcomes for all children, regardless of where they are educated, and to narrow the gap between those who are doing well and those who are not.”
"whilst s437 of the Education Act 1996 provides a remedy for LAs which have concerns that there may be no suitable provision, this is unwieldy, time consuming and expensive and in some cases will be nugatory where home educators are making good provision but are resistant to LA enquiries."
What you can do to keep Home Education as we know and love it
1. Keep an eye on them
Write to Elaine Haste of the Elective Home Education Department (DfES) at email@example.com and ask to be included on a list of those who receive information about the consultation.
NB: This does NOT mean that you have taken part in the consultation and the DfES cannot honestly claim that you have. Until we see the consultation document and have more information about how the responses will be used, we can’t be sure that taking part in the consultation process will help our case.
So why bother signing up now if we don't plan to actually take part in the consultation? Signing up is important because the DfES needs to know just how many of us they are going to have to deal with. It means they know we are watching them, and we are getting organised.
2. Spread awareness.
Tell at least 4 other home educators what is going on and get them to sign up, as above. Get them to tell at least 4 others. Blog the story if you have an HE or any other kind of blog.
Refer people to the explanation at dare to know - what to do if you want a quick way to let them know what is happening. This leaflet is based on that text.
3. Spread the positive word about home education
Follow up on any stories in the local paper or on TV with letters and comments. Talk about personalised learning, healthy happy children etc - possibly using the recent media stuff about "toxic childhood".
4. Join forces
If you are a member of Education Otherwise you might want to communicate your feelings to the EO Government Policy Group about what you would ideally like EO to be doing about all this. You could also speak to your Local Contact. If you are a member of any other home education support organisation (or you know anyone who is) please pass on general information about the forthcoming DFES consultation.
5. Get political
If you have any energy left, write to your MP and ask them to pass on your concerns to Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
· Tell them about why it’s important to you to be allowed to determine what is a suitable education for your child(ren).
· Remind them that Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act gives parents the responsibility to provide an education that is suitable to the age, aptitude and ability and any special educational needs of their child(ren).
· Explain how HE enables you to do that for your children and how external standards and monitoring would make it harder to provide such an education.
6. Keep yourself informed
Find out more about Every Child Matters. Keep up with the discussion about how to campaign to preserve our current freedoms by joining the UK-HOME-ED email list. November 2006
The Virus of Faith Richard Dawkins & Religion as the root of all evil
ICT DJ has been clearing his old PC before passing it on through the Freecycle network (that's reusing and recycling plus environmental awareness - which would come under environmental and resource issues in KS3 Geography!) He has also installed Norton Internet Security on his new PC.
PSHE Rain In My Heart Documentary exploring the daily lives of people battling with alcoholism and the impact on those around them.
On The News Small room, big issue "School toilets are often dirty and smelly, a haven for bullies and a no-go area for teachers."
I liked these
Dare to Know - Letter to Alan Johnson
Sometimes It's Peaceful - Government's threats to HE freedoms
Monday, November 20, 2006
Atoms and Their Electrons 35mns Animation
The Elements Song by Tom Lehrer - version 2 here
Periodic Table - Catherine Tate's Sketch
On The News The nursery rhyme police
"The call for state intervention in the minute details of family life... "This is the micro-management of family life."
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
On The News
Bullies 'target disabled pupils'
39% rise in home education
Friday, November 17, 2006
Psychology - Last night we ended up watching Middle Child Syndrome and immediately DJ said "Of course there's no such thing as Middle Child Syndrome!" The latest one I came across was Japan's "Retired Husband Syndrome". Maybe soon someone will come up with "Lets-Make-Up-Some-More-Syndromes Syndrome"!
Communication - We talked about judgments, criticism, put downs; how they affect us and our relationships; how they are linked with notions of good and evil, right or wrong; and how we perceive other people negatively everytime their behaviour doesn't match our values and/or our needs. We came up with examples of unskilful speech and of alternative ways of expressing what we observe, feel and need.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
On The Net
Dare To Know - What To Do
EyeWitness To History
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Hi, Sc & DT What the Ancients Did for Us - The Greeks
Democracy, science, mathematics, codes of ethics and justice, music, theatre, weapons, astronomy, Pythagoras and Archimedes
PE Went out for another walk
Cooking, Sc & Hi While preparing and having tea (inc. 1st attempts at potato peeling and making chips from scratch) we continued to follow The Journey Of Man (parts 7 - 11).
On The News Sharp increase in home education
Today's Site NOVA
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Science The Journey Of Man (parts 1 to 6) Evolution; Y chromosome, and marker mutations to map our ancestors' journey: so far from Africa through India to Australia.
We Are The Aliens Panspermia, the idea that life on Earth came from another planet
History When The Moors Ruled In Europe DJ watched about a 3rd of it, enough to learn that from the 8th to the 15th century Spain was ruled by Islamic Moors, who where passionate about learning and rational thought and laid down the foundations for the Renaissance.
PSHE DJ looked at life stuff: politics and egg and sperm race
On The Net Some perspectives on home educated children
Monday, November 13, 2006
History of the Middle East Flash animation showing who has controlled the Middle East
Why We Fight, a film about the American war machine (you can watch it here) and discussed issues like democracy, imperialism, propaganda, corporate interests, etc
Today's Quote - Hermann Goering
Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
PSHE Health & Safety Stay healthy on your PC! Deskercises
Citizenship 100% English we watched part of this and got talking about DNA tests, history and racism
Communication - we talked about
quantum physics, paralel universes, dimensions, time travel,
buddhism, origings of the 1st and 2nd turnings of the Wheel of Dharma
the link betwen patriotism, war and racism,
Medieval II Total War, the moors, castles, motte & Bailey
DJ explained the difference between fortresses and citadels, etc etc
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
ICT: I forgot to mention DJ continues to update his sites regularly and his typing is quite amazing!
PSHE: He has been experimenting with the power of intention - deciding what he wants - with positive results.
Today we went to Wellow (horse riding as usual), bought some more Horrible History books, and stopped in town to get Medieval II Total War, so DJ is very happy today...
Science: In the evening we watched Horizon Time Trip (read about it here), an interesting documentary about the possibilities of time travel.
On the News School leaving age may be raised
Today's Site QoolsQool
WOW! What an amazing site! Ideal for us visual learners!
Friday, November 10, 2006
RE: Life of Buddha
History of Video Games DJ enjoyed this documentory about the history of video Games from Atari to Nintendo - a lot of creativity and entrepreneuship from young teenagers!
We also discussed stupidity: what is it and how intelligent and educated people can act in stupid ways and make stupid choices such as using knowledge for destruction e.g. Einstein's discoveries used to make and use atomic bombs
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Sex Education Disney - VD Attack Plan (Venereal Disease Education)
Chess & Comedy - DJ has been playing chess with JC and watching Monty Python
The Secret - Documentary film
Check This Out
Do schools today kill creativity? Great stuff! Watch it now. 20mns
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Science: Paralel Universes
PSHE: Introduction to the concept of Social Intelligence
and to the attitude that whatever happens it is for the best
I've been finding out interesting stuff on YouTube and Video.Google and decided to make a collection of educational videos
Check These Out
BBC Home-Education Debate
BBC Home-Education Debate 2
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Geography Coastal Landscapes - How the caves and arches of the Pembrokeshire coast were created.
Horizon Bye Bye Planet Pluto - Pluto demoted to asteroid; an exploration of exactly how many planets the solar system contains. International Astronomical Union members speak up.
Horizon Pandemic Predicting the next flu pandemic e.g. 750,000 deaths in Britain.
Drugs Education: we read What would you do? a booklet that can be read online at addaction exploring different choices made in drug-using situations and their consequences.
On The News
Home schooling has doubled in four years
(link from By other Means)
Monday, November 06, 2006
Art & ICT: Flash MX animation
School of Hard Knocks: rising numbers of violent incidents in British schools; e.g. a teenage girl stabbed in the face during playground.
Iraq - The Lost Generation - life under American military occupation.
Lock Them Up or Let Them Out - learned about Parole Boards and the role of prisons and probation services in the decision process.
On The News School Bullies
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime. ~Max Stirner
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs. ~Elbert Hubbard
It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence... and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect. ~Manitonquat
Sunday, November 05, 2006
I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration,
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides
whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,
and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be,
we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.