The Latest, Greatest Discovery…

I’ve often described myself as having been educated in the School of Life… but my recent discovery of the YouTube channel going by that name has been a joyful revelation.  Beautifully made, concise, colourful videos… means that catalysing a discussion on any number of topics with children or adults is made very, very easy.  Packed with information and loads of pointers for further exploration.  An excellent resource for self-education.

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One-Straw Education

Inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka‘s One-Straw Revolution, I’ve written an article where I apply his ideas to the field of education:

Read the article here: https://newparadigmeducation23.wordpress.com/philosophy/one-straw-education/

It Takes More than a Village to Raise a Child

Michael Meade is truly a genius of our times with an incredible story and I’m sharing this recent article where he draws upon his work with young people and his unparalleled knowledge of myth, culture and psychology.

http://www.mosaicvoices.org/it-takes-more-than-a-village.html

Aluna – A Message from the Heart of the World

For anyone who’s not familiar with the message of the Kogi, they are a unique tribe with a story unlike any other… if you want to read more about this documentary which I highly recommend, an article by one of my favourite writers, Charles Eisenstein, can be found here.

http://www.alunathemovie.com

The first documentary by legendary British film-maker Alan Ereira on the Kogi Mamas entitled “The Heart of the World: Elder Brother’s Warning”, is also really worth watching.

In a sane world, instead of CNN news, these films would be repeatedly endlessly and broadcast internationally.

Sands School – What Great Education Can Look Like

If you suspect that state education is falling far short of the mark but you can’t quite imagine what good education could look like…. watch this.  Sands School, an excellent example of democratic education seems to be providing an excellent service that celebrates the creativity and the individuality of their students whilst building mutual consideration.

A Great Documentary about Geometry

The Spirit Science series was put together by Jordan Pearce, a young man whose sincerity and passion are unquestionable. I like the way he puts things together and this is highly recommended for anyone who’s interested in broadening their understanding of numbers and how they inter-relate with almost every aspect of human life.

What is a Superhero?

If you think that a superhero means a lycra-clad, masked and muscled man with magical powers, it might be time to update your ideas.  A superhero does not have to mean some Nietzschean image of perfection the recent decades of superhero comics and graphic novels stand as testimony.

Sometimes a superhuman achievement is just to make it through a whole day without being violent in thought or action.  Sometimes it could be simply being there for someone at the crucial point when they needed some support whether that be just a hug or even a glance of understanding.

Perhaps all we need to do is show some heart? Continue reading What is a Superhero?

The Paradox of Playgrounds

Playgrounds are increasingly being regarded as another well meaning failure by modern institutions who were hoping to excite or to serve our children, they merely help to  preserve a final enclave in the urban monopolies where children can play without the imminent threat of cars.

As a parent, childminder and nursery manager I have spent literally thousands of hours in playgrounds.  My wife and I couldn’t help but notice that we were of a very small number to be simply watching from the sidelines whilst our children did what they do best and play.  The most common sight in modern playgrounds are little people being followed by their much bigger care-givers who could easily be mistaken for predatory stalkers.  Imagine the high pitched voice as they barrage them with questions of the kind: “Can you get up there? Do you want me to push you?  What shall I make for you?  Do you want to go on the slide or the swings?”…  incessantly admonishing their offspring to “Be careful.” Continue reading The Paradox of Playgrounds

School for the Awakening Superhero

Are you an awakening superhero?

This online community brought together by New Paradigm Education hosts live discussion groups and courses connecting a wide selection of luminaries and solutionaries who are all dedicated to being the change and working towards the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible.

Please do check it out… School for the Awakening Superhero.