Video – Fourteen ways that a small farm in Uganda re-uses plastic drinks bottles.
Heather Callaghan, Contributor Waking Times And Common Purpose, and the threat of Social Services… This British mum smacks down the punishing culture of the public school system . She gives a chilling account of what happened when her son was given confusing commands, humiliated in front of class, brought to tears and trauma and how it was covered up […]
Robert Bonomo, Contributor Waking Times “No one is more of a slave than he who thinks himself free without being so.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Contemporary baptized, corporatized and sanitized man rarely has the occasion to question his identity, and when he does a typical response might be, “I am product manager for a large […]
Marco Torres, Prevent Disease Waking Times A child grows in our society conditioned to believe that happiness is perpetually postponed for tomorrow. Their hope and vision is confined to living within society’s expectations and standards of the future where happiness exists in promises. They must pass every grade and go on to the next level […]
Julian Wash, Contributor Waking Times Dear Humans, Today I wish to return to consciousness a number of curious aspects associated with the institution that we call “higher learning.” In the process, I’ll call into review certain facets of its design and briefly describe some of the inner-workings of this construct, as I see it. There are many systems, […]
Jamie Lee, Contributor Waking Times Editor’s Note: This Part III of Jamie Lee’s critical essay on the state of modern public education. Please review Part I, here, and Part II, here. “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population […]
Jamie Lee, Contributor Waking Times Editor’s Note: This is part II of James Lee’s series on the state of modern education. Part I can be found here. “We are not speaking of education in the narrower sense, but of that other education in virtue from youth upwards, which makes a man eagerly pursue the ideal […]
Kali Ma, The Hampton Institute Waking Times It is common sense that what we value, we wish to take care of, preserve, and treat with respect. Often times, this care is expressed towards material objects such as cars, jewelry, and luxury items; or more abstractly, towards traditions such as religious holidays or family and cultural […]
Luminita D. Saviuc, Guest Waking Times “It is hard to convince a high school student that he will encounter a lot of problems more difficult than those of algebra and geometry.” ~ Edgar W. Howe You know what I realized recently? That I don’t really remember much of the things I have learned in school. […]
Patricia Jennings, Guest Waking Times The national debate on how to improve our education system is very vibrant and visible these days. It focuses on salient issues like testing, teacher pay and job security in a difficult economy, and other mounting stresses on teachers and students. Half of new teachers to leave the profession in […]
Julian Rose, Contributor Waking Times When you take a closer look at it, you see that the choices we make each day of our lives add up to the grand price that nature must pay in her role as the sustainer of life on this planet. What do I mean by that? Well, it’s simple […]
Ida Lawrence, Contributor Waking Times Now, more than ever, it’s wise to encourage our children’s faculties of perception, some of which are called extra-sensory. They’re not really extra, as we know… they’re natural. Just in the course of accomplishing daily activities, we can create situations and games that affirm and strengthen a child’s natural abilities of […]
Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times Image if your child came home from school excited as could be because they had been learning how to plant trees. Or what if your kindergartner started asking you to buy more organic tomatoes and kale at the store, instead of Goldfish, because that’s what her science class harvested […]
Marco Torres, Prevent Disease Waking Times The general definitions and terminology for illiteracy vary depending on their orientation to specific subject areas. Most people assume illiteracy pertains solely to those with the inability to read or write simple sentences in any language. However, those suffering from learning, cultural and scientific illiteracy are a different group […]
Be aware of the insidious and unspoken lessons you learned as a child. To thrive in the world outside the classroom, you’re going to have to unlearn them.
If reading, writing and maths are not enough for young minds, some Wellington 6-year-olds are also tackling life’s great existential questions.
That’s if they are not busy meditating, of course.
With the foundational goals of happiness, confidence, safety, and encouraging children to seek out their own passion, I think it is time that we look at what we should remove from public school philosophy, so that we prepare our children better for the real world that awaits beyond the orchestrated schoolyard experience.