is all fine ... but what about
worries about school violence but no one seems to know
what to do about it except to take away even more of
the freedom of choice and fun in schools kids once
had. I finally decided to collect as many sources as I
could find on the subject of school violence. Click
for a summary page. I'll be adding to it as I go
on the problem of bullying, which has, until recently,
been almost universally ignored by school personnel,
but which lies at the root of the problem - at least,
in its onsite manifestations.
can be done about bullying that might have a chance of
working, not just making things worse?
are finally beginning to take various steps to deal
with the problem, as NPR mentions!
one answer. And here's
another. Both excellent ideas!
Free School in
Albany, NY has worked out a wonderful way of peer
counseling that Chris (the co-director) calls
article is taken from his book
about the school, Making It Up As We Go Along
(Heinemann, 1998). You can also read Chris'
amazing article about Mumasatou herself.
still - the most prevalent current trend in
educational policies to eliminate violence has been,
alas, to cut out "puff" courses and get kids to buckle
down to serious work!
like music, art and drama have been cut in many, many
schools, and "recess" has become a thing of the past.
"Testing to standards" is going bananas, and
curriculum and success are everything.
has been reinvented to do away with many of the things
kids love most. Boys (especially) are being drugged
for being boys.
boyhood - restlessness, rebelliousness, inventiveness,
mischief-making, know-it-all bumptiousness,
distractability - have in all too many cases been
redefined as pathological. Only in America is the
school problem so devastating to education. Bullying,
gender hatred, contempt for authority, smoking, drug
use, the breakup of the family - are all up!
is a whole page of articles
about the Ritalization of our boys alleged to be
suffering from ADHD who are medicated for the
treatment of a symptom that no one has yet proved
scientifically to be physically-based, real though it
obviously is in behavioral terms!
website offers you a goodly number of alternative
educational and lifestyle resources
to browse upon. You may look at what a number of
schools are doing by clicking on the
page or read some of the other educational
depicted on the linking
see, the problem is not lack
for dealing with this painful and frightening issue!
We know how to solve it. A mountain of good
educational research on the subject of prevention of
problems like this one has been accumulating for over
a century. The real problem is mounting the will to
implement what we know.
can we change this pattern? Look at what some schools
know and practice! We've included a lot of website
facsmile pages for you to explore. Each of them has a
unique contribution to make to the storehouse of
information about successful learning and happy
at the descriptions; read the articles; get in touch
and find out how you can join the information
for the prevention of school violence and the
promotion of real education.
... especially ... look at their actual websites by
clicking on the hyperlinks at the top of each
facsimile page and learn how you can get in touch with
must begin with the
to me at
else can you find here?
did I originally want to call it "earth circles"?
And what will I find about the earth on this
we try to ignore the effect of the degradation of our
environment, we do so at our
this context, the word "circles" referred to the earth as
the beautiful symmetry of naturally occurring patterns
brought into our human world as social and biological
Remember the canary in the coal mine
circularity of our globe reflects the unforgettable
images of earth circles like the ones on Chris Hardaker's
website dedicated to Native American Earth Geometry and
- and Kathleen Jenks' breathtakingly beautiful site she
dedicated to many, many sacred places all around the
earth - mountains, wells, caves, mounds, pools, lakes and
other sites honored throughout the ages as places of
model of living with awareness invites us to begin
looking more deeply at what we need to learn in order to
broaden our personal scope as human beings - personally,
morally, aesthetically, spiritually - and to discover how
we can begin to make changes to help bring our world into
a state of more balance and harmony.
addresses the need to think deeply about what we need in
order to make such changes. This is the work of a
lifetime! And it is a journey which starts with the
children. I have a profound sense of what we lack AND
what we need to redress the balance of life on our
planet! But I'm only one person with one point of view!
If you're interested in my ideas here, click on the red
arrow (and I'll link you back
new era, this new millennium, calls out for us to look at
new ways of relating to our lives and to the lives of
others. This website is one place where you may find
ideas of how to do that. You'll find a wide variety of
provocative facsimile pages representing the wide
spectrum of choices offered on the web. They are offered
here to acquaint you with a few of the marvelous,
creative people who want the same things we
more, think about it, contact us if you think it might
help, but above all, look at how you can make your own
unique contribution to the process. Our human task has
been described through the millennia as "squaring the
circle," where the circle represents the transcendent
universal, based on infinity, and the square
represents the human dimension, the measurable. Thus,
the process is one of bringing the infinite, the
transcendent, down to earth, of finding and adding-in
the tiny facets of spirituality that move us in a
direction away from flat-footed literalness and toward
a more universal, spiritual
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