Friday, May 30, 2008

Is Home Education Wise?

From the Sunday Times:

"For the growing number of parents who teach their children at home, part of the pay-off for opting out of formal education is a stretch of golden afternoons, when lessons can be taken in the garden and there are no pesky tests to take the shine off the summer.

The novelist Michelle Magorian, who for the last nine years has taught her son at home, freely admits that one reason she turned her back on schooling was her alarm at the way the system examines pupils almost to destruction."


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Nottingham Photos

We're back after 5 days of teachings by the Dalai Lama at Nottingham Arena. Here's some photos...

"If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace. If the love within your mind is lost, if you continue to see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education you have, no matter how much material progress is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue." - Dalai Lama

Watch online: Tibet, A Buddhist Trilogy

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Dalai Lama in the UK

"The purpose of our lives is to be happy."

We're off again! DJ is going to Stroud and I'm off to Nottingham tomorrow, where the Dalai Lama will be talking about the nature of reality and how to bring meaning to our lives.

Watch online:
One on One: The Dalai Lama - Part 1 and Part 2

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

DJ's photos

“You never truly know someone until you've walked a mile in his shoes.”

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.” Lao Tzu

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bath Photos

Surge in Bullying

News from Scotland:
Surge in bullying behind increase in home education

"INCREASING numbers of pupils are being withdrawn from state schools to be educated at home with large numbers blaming a bullying "avalanche", according to new figures."


John Taylor Gatto Interview

Click here to watch it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Home Education in Sweden

"One of very few examples of home education in Sweden. Ari is an eight year old boy who is taught by his mother Lovisa. Meet them in their home in the forest! In Swedish with English subtitles."

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Aspies' Fun

"I hope life isn't a big joke ... because I don't get it."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Happiness is...

...sharing your red hat with your son...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Acupuncture in Bristol

"Give acupuncture a go!"
Even if you are needle phobic like me, just do it! You'll be amazed!
Parenting and home educating our special children requires a lot of energy, and if we really want to help them learn and flourish we need to be in good shape ourselves. So, if you're feeling run down, do try acupuncture! And if you live in and around Bristol, I'd recommend Alan Peck, at the Centre for Whole Health. Tel: 0117 923113

"Acupuncture is used to restore and maintain health; it works by re-balancing our body's energy flow. It can alleviate digestive and nervous problems, back and joint pains, headaches, menstrual and menopausal problems and also help us to cope with everyday stresses. Acupuncture treats body/mind/spirit as a whole."

Friday, May 09, 2008

Home Ed News

"NOT going to school and having ADHD has never held back 14-year-old Joel Drapper from Ryall and now he has started his own business."


"Across the United States, Muslims who find that a public school education clashes with their religious or cultural traditions have turned to home schooling."


Matthew Fox - Education Crisis

Thursday, May 08, 2008

By the river

“Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.” - Rollo May

“Take a look at your natural river. What are you? Stop playing games with yourself. Where's your river going? Are you riding with it? Or are you rowing against it? Don't you see that there is no effort if you're riding with your river?”

Frederick (Carl)(American born French Painter, 1874-1939)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Photo Mania

Friday, May 02, 2008