How Schooling Crushes Creativity

By Kerry McDonald
How Schooling Crushes Creativity

In 2006, educator and author Ken Robinson gave a TED Talk called, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” At over 45 million views, it remains the most viewed talk in TED’s history.

Robinson’s premise is simple: our current education system strips young people of their natural creativity and curiosity by shaping them into a one-dimensional academic mold. This mold may work for some of us, particularly, as he states, if we want to become university professors; but for many of us, our innate abilities and sprouting passions are at best ignored and at worst destroyed by modern schooling.

In his TED Talk, Robinson concludes:

I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity. Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth: for a particular commodity. And for the future, it won’t serve us. We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children.

Education by Force

Robinson echoes the concerns of many educators who believe that our current forced schooling model erodes children’s vibrant creativity and forces them to suppress their self-educative instincts. In his book, Free To Learn, Boston College psychology professor, Dr. Peter Gray, writes:

In the name of education, we have increasingly deprived children of the time and freedom they need to educate themselves through their own means… We have created a world in which children must suppress their natural instincts to take charge of their own education and, instead, mindlessly follow paths to nowhere laid out for them by adults. We have created a world that is literally driving many young people crazy and leaving many others unable to develop the confidence and skills required for adult responsibility.

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Harvard: Unvaccinated Children Pose Zero Risk

A Harvard immunologist has written an open letter explaining why unvaccinated children pose no risk to their vaccinated counterparts.

Vaxxter.com reports:

Dear Legislator:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych. I hold a PhD in Immunology. I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide. You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement. I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases. People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a public school setting may not be warranted.

via Harvard: Unvaccinated Children Pose Zero Risk – Your News Wire

CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: ‘We Blew Up WTC 7 On 9/11’

CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: ‘We Blew Up WTC7 On

79-year-old retired CIA agent, Malcom Howard, has made a series of astonishing claims since being released from hospital in New Jersey on Friday and told he has weeks to live. Mr. Howard claims he was involved in the “controlled demolition” of World Trade Center 7, the third building that was destroyed on 9/11.

Mr. Howard, who worked for the CIA for 36 years as an operative, claims he was tapped by senior CIA agents to work on the project due to his engineering background, and early career in the demolition business.

Trained as a civil engineer, Mr. Howard became an explosives expert after being headhunted by the CIA in early 1980s. Mr. Howard says has extensive experience in planting explosives in items as small as cigarette lighters and as large as “80 floor buildings.

The 79-year-old New Jersey native says he worked on the CIA operation they dubbed “New Century” between May 1997 and September 2001, during a time he says the CIA “was still taking orders from the top.” Mr. Howard says he was part of a cell of 4 operatives tasked with ensuring the demolition was successful.

Mr. Howard says the World Trade Center 7 operation is unique among his demolitions, as it is the only demolition that “we had to pretend wasn’t a demolition job”. He claims he had no problem going through with the deception at the time, because “when you are a patriot, you don’t question the motivation of the CIA or the White House. You assume the bigger purpose is for a greater good. They pick good, loyal people like me, and it breaks my heart to hear the shit talk.

via CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: ‘We Blew Up WTC 7 On 9/11’

Home Free?

By James Surowiecki
In 2005, Utah set out to fix a problem that’s often thought of as unfixable: chronic homelessness. The state had almost two thousand chronically homeless people. Most of them had mental-health or substance-abuse issues, or both. At the time, the standard approach was to try to make homeless people “housing ready”: first, you got people into shelters or halfway houses and put them into treatment; only when they made progress could they get a chance at permanent housing. Utah, though, embraced a different strategy, called Housing First: it started by just giving the homeless homes.

Handing mentally ill substance abusers the keys to a new place may sound like an example of wasteful government spending. But it turned out to be the opposite: over time, Housing First has saved the government money. Homeless people are not cheap to take care of. The cost of shelters, emergency-room visits, ambulances, police, and so on quickly piles up. Lloyd Pendleton, the director of Utah’s Homeless Task Force, told me of one individual whose care one year cost nearly a million dollars, and said that, with the traditional approach, the average chronically homeless person used to cost Salt Lake City more than twenty thousand dollars a year. Putting someone into permanent housing costs the state just eight thousand dollars, and that’s after you include the cost of the case managers who work with the formerly homeless to help them adjust. The same is true elsewhere. A Colorado study found that the average homeless person cost the state forty-three thousand dollars a year, while housing that person would cost just seventeen thousand dollars.

via Give the Homeless Homes | The New Yorker

Smoking Mirrors | Don Quixote and the Lamb of God Walk into a Bar…

Dog Poet Transmitting…….
In times of material darkness, the proliferation of psychopathy increases, at inverse proportion to the loss of manners, civility and compassion. The greater the press of materialism, the more manners, civility and compassion, as well as civilization are at risk. It’s a kind of death race really. Materialism is like a Kudzu vine that eats everything in its struggle for all of the light and nourishment there is. At the same time it has a property that… once it has killed everything else, it kills itself.
Sometimes things are amusing because they are so outrageous that you just have to laugh, like this juxtaposed with the commentary that attends it. There’s something to be said for homeless fashion becoming haute couture. Materialism is also a form of insanity and it is progressive. The feminization of the urban male is in full swing. The price of wearing these vanities is a clear evidence that some people have too much money.
It goes without saying that the divine feminine has been suppressed and marginalized through most of the Christian era and as a supplicant of Green Tara’s, I am very much in favor of her elevation to her rightful status but the intent of those presently engaged in the destruction of natural sexual identity is not elevating the divine feminine to her rightful status. It is about the destruction of society and the reduction of humanity to a mongrel state. One needs only to look at any form of modern entertainment to see the reality of this.

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Reflections in a Petri Dish | These Times are Shit Brushed with Rainbows in the Ghost Light of a Neon Nightmare.

Dog Poet Transmitting…….
I’ve been in a kind of isolated and confused state; not isolated from what I care about and not confused about anything that has any lasting meaning to me, just isolated from the world around me and confused at what I see taking place. As is usually the case in my life, I get leadings that I may not recognize as such until I’ve taken the necessary steps and am involved in what I got led into and the reason for it surfaces. Sometimes I think that I came up with something on my own, or there was some kind of accidental serendipity that came to pass when I know there are no accidents but the mind is a funny thing and it serves a dual purpose so long as we are divided against ourselves for whatever the reason may be and sometimes the reason is divinely scripted for the results that are yet to come to pass so… sometimes we are limited and in situations we would not have put ourselves in because we didn’t put ourselves in that situation. We got put in that situation because of what is meant to come out of it and because we will always be limited by comparison with what is leading us… depending on what is leading us. If it is the ineffable then… yeah. If it is not then we are in trouble sooner or later.
So… I’ve been watching the world go by and seeing the level of ignorance and depravity, sycophancy, celebrity worship… bad movies, bad music, so many features of the present manifest world that have degenerated to such a degree that I am stunned and amazed that it is still holding together …in Stage 4 of course but the sense of limbo has gone on for so long now, I had no idea that the fall could go on and on and on like it has and simply hover over the abyss as if it were waiting for some command to drop out of sight… Right… of course.
That leading led me to Manly Palmer Hall’s “The Secret Teachings of All Ages.” I’ve read portions over the years but never read the book comprehensively. It’s a big book and it is extremely dense. I picked it and opened it to around Page 173 and a lot of it comprised some of the denser portions of the book but I just kept on reading and got to Page 205 (was it 205?) and the chapter on Pythagoras and his theories on Music and Color. The profundity of Pythagoras never dawned on me before. I knew about him but he was labeled and filed in my mind with ‘the music of the spheres’. I hadn’t known what a giant he was in the minds of all the deep thinkers who came after. I hadn’t known so many details and incidents in his teachings and his life.

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Smoking Mirrors | Advaita Junkies, A Curse of Miracles and It Came from Beneath The Valley of the Walking Dead.

Dog Poet Transmitting…….
Thank god Justice is being done; backwards and forwards and with some ropes and pulleys. Here is what passes for training wheels in Justice Discipline School. There really is quite a selection. The problem with Justice is that it doesn’t want to behave and so it must be made to behave. Justice is all screwed up in the head and has these archaic beliefs about fair play. Here is justice as we used to see her and here she is these days. I never used to understand why Justice was blindfolded. Now I figure it is so she can’t identify who is sexually assaulting her.
There’s a lot of pushback these days about running roughshod over the sexual mores of the majority. You can still get the real story from Russia Today. I posted this article purely because of the comments that follow. You can see where most of the world is at. It’s an interesting dichotomy, what is taking place in the world. A huge majority of the public does not approve of what has been happening. The ones dictating the perception of how things look in the world are the same people behind this epidemic. They are behind pretty much anything that most of us do not like or approve of.
What is surprising is not that it is happening. What is surprising is not that we don’t approve of or like it. What is surprising is that we see it, we acknowledge that its bullshit …and then we swallow it without chewing; fletcherizing is one of the keys to good health. Have you ever wondered why there are so many zombie movies and why a redundant, murderously retarded compilation of the same limping retards we have seen since “Night of the Living Dead”, called “The Walking Dead” is so popular? It’s popular because ‘they’ tell you it is popular; just like they tell you the Kardashians are entertaining. That entire family is a fabrication and every plot development has been constructed ahead of time. This same thing is taking place at every level of what they package and then microwave and then serve to you, just like the walking dead, because from the sun-drenched shores of Walmart to the star studded nights of culinary ecstasies at the Golden Corral, it’s all designer debris and haute (gag) cuisine, even when it is you, being delivered on a platter to the walking dead. I’ve been told that the walking dead eat there on a regular basis. I have never been. I see the signs on the highway, announcing the exits where these establishments can be found. They are not usually future exits. They aren’t exits at all. They are cul de sacs. They are sweeping, circling, looping repetitions of dead seagulls held up by thermals or modern day technology… or aliens? Yeah… maybe aliens.

via Smoking Mirrors | Advaita Junkies, A Curse of Miracles and It Came from Beneath The Valley of the Walking Dead.