I’m sentimental enough to find this amazing!
Thanks to my teens I actually got all the song references!
Narrated by the late philosopher Alan Watts.
What makes you itch..? It’s the answer to this that will truly shape the lives we live, the way we act, talk, eat and in the end, find the happiness - satisfaction, that we are ultimately all longing for, but, have simply forgotten to think of asking ourselves.
We need more philosophers in the world today.
I’ll begin the shenanigans with this piece I made recently about dogs. While it isn’t strictly a chart, you get 7 or 8 charts for the price of one! (I use the term “chart” loosely here) -Will
“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen, instead. A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card and an inchoate “need” for “stuff.” A mall—the shops—are places where your money makes the wealthy wealthier. But a library is where the wealthy’s taxes pay for you to become a little more extraordinary, instead. A satisfying reversal. A balancing of the power.”
~Caitlin Moran, from Libraries: Cathedrals of Our Souls
photo by Peter Davis
“Mindful Schools has been in 40-plus schools in the last four years, reaching 11,000 kids. Generally the results we are seeing are increased focus and concentration, so, the ability to pay attention in class — improved self-awareness, the ability of just recognizing how you’re feeling, when you’re feeling it — which leads to impulse control, which I think is probably the most appealing entry-point for education, that mindfulness helps create impulse control — and that self-awareness also leads to empathy, and the way we interact with others.”
When I read the story below (from NYT), my first thought was how fabulous it was that this family was able to meet their son’s educational needs. My second thought was how paralyzed our educational system has become - even in really good school districts. My kids aren’t prodigies but they don’t fit into the standard public school mold either. The area private schools aren’t any better in that regard I learned after repeated searches, visits and interviews. Just higher priced places where only students who fit into the round holes will thrive.
I’ve got square peg kids. I don’t have the resources to start my own school - although I have thought long and hard about it. I didn’t have the resources to home school when my kids were in elementary school - as a single parent, I need to work. Now that my kids are little older, home schooling is more of an option - but then so is letting them drop out, take the GED, and then go on - to college, to internships, to volunteer, to be allowed to become educated.
Anyway, I found the article interesting. Would love to hear others’ ideas or stories. Anyone in the Mid-Atlantic area interested in starting a school that is build for square, triangular, octagonal, or other neat shape kids?
Here’s the article: