Friday, March 23, 2007

Bits & Bobs

Art: Yesterday DJ announced he was going to paint a white canvas in white paint, call it 'Emptiness' and sell it for loads of money. Unfortunately someone thought of it first - different title though! Here's Pedro Guimaraes' 'Branco02' - 'White02'

Science: Last night we looked at climate change and learned about alternatives to the carbon dioxide theory - some scientists believe that global warming might be better explained as the effect of cosmic radiation and solar activity.

ICT: DJ told me all about IRFANView and showed me how to use it.

Today's Links

The Principle and Practice of Compulsion in Education

Staying in education and training post-16 "This Green Paper sets out proposals to require all young people to remain in education or training until their 18th birthday, from 2013. (...)Introducing compulsion could be the way..."

The same is happening in the United States, where Legislators Attempt to Raise Compulsory Attendance Age

Today's Quote
"If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall learn what you have no taste or capacity for. The college, which should be a place of delightful labour, is made odious and unhealthy, and the young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits. I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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