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Elections...
Two sites for your consideration regarding the upcoming November elections: Slate and ArkansasTonight. Also worth a look, the Arkansas Secretary of State.

 

For a complete list of candidates with links to respective websites, visit US Elections: Arkansas. Also, OnlineLittleRock and U.S. Politics Today offers some informative stats and topical views.

 

If you're interested in Gozarks' opinion on who and what to vote for, starting with the ARKANSAS HIGHER EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY AND FACILITY IMPROVEMENT ACT we shall vote NO. Why? Because the powers that be already have a huge a budget and don't get as much education for the technology-buck as does the typical homeschooling mom (read A Real Education, below). Check back for our ballot recommendations on candidates, coming soon!!!

 

A Real Education...
First for your consideration, this Ben Frank Hyde for Congress (in Alaska) website was recently referenced to me along with a link recommending a  country song titled "Takin My Country Back." I downloaded the audio while poking around a bit on the site and now must say that I personally am more impressed with this candidate's Issues page than any I have ever toured. The man gets right to the point. If he were running in Arkansas I'd vote for him, no problem.

 

About the time I'd reached this conclusion, the song came on and, well, I think it's one of those you've just gotta listen to and judge for yourself. I will, however, say that I find it to be a toe-tapping country tune of high caliber which I'm about to listen to again, and maybe again after that <grin>. As to it's message, well... like I said. You will have to decide that for yerself...

 

On other fronts (as if all things were actually 'unrelated' <ha-ha-ha>!!!),

following for your perusal and consideration is my most recent contribution to an ongoing conversation on the subject of education. It is good to note as context that this particular list-conversation has been ongoing since October of 1999 and is subscribed to by nearly 500 members. The list originated as a means of discussing, developing and implementing the ideas about education which are articulated on the Creating Learning Communities website, at which I personally believe you would enjoy taking a long, lingering look. In the interim, have a read of my note addressing the theme "parents/mentors" and "life without school":

Hello Andrea, Marion, Bill and all... I will explain my opinion as to why parents are the only rightful mentors and primary teachers of their children. First, let me recap Bill's definition, re: mentoring being a mutual learning process and teaching being the communication of learned information from one mind to another. That said, also please allow me to respond to the question Bill raised, as to whether all parents are qualified to be teacher/mentors of their children. From my point of view, the answer is yes. All healthy parents are innately qualified, competent and rightfully entitled to satisfy this need -and- the social myths (ie: the need for academic testing) disable parents by undermining their own confidence in their own competency.

Of course there are exceptions. Every individual is unique and thus has specialized areas of competency along with certain areas of incompetence. To expect a parent who cannot read to teach a child to read is unrealistic. However, for a parent who cannot read to mentor a child who (also) wants to learn to read is the best possible quality of family-centric learning that can take place. Also, the act of mentoring (when understood as 'creating the environment and opportunity to learn') may be applied to any field of study with the parent/mentor enabling the child/learner to gain access to requisite information (ie: driving the child to the library, furnishing computer access, etc.) and trusting the child to 'learn' on his/her own.

In today's culture, however, parents and children are immersed in a society which dishonors the birth right of the parent to be the primary guiding influence in their own child's life. This is self-evident by the number of hoops many parents are legally bound to jump through in order to comply with mandated 'official' criteria. These laws themselves undermine a parent's self-confidence and -- since children 'learn what they live' (which is often contradictory of 'what they are taught') this insecurity is then subliminally transferred to the child.

Think critically, for example, about the inherent 'teaching' of the conventional public schooling system: Students are segregated by age and 'classed' by (supposed) level of intelligence. Skill-sets (reading, writing, etc.) are compartmentalized by 'subject matter' rather than being blended into a flexible and intricately interconnected 'whole'. Children (and teachers) 'learn' in an environment where they are NOT held accountable for the well-being of the facility which serves them (ie: they do not wash the windows, sweep the floors, clean the toilets or cook the meals they themselves eat; they have no decision-making role in 'how money is spent'; they must 'comply' with the edicts of those 'employed' by the system, yet they have no authority to 'hire and fire').

Thus they are subliminally 'taught' that life is a hierarchy with the 'top' rung of the ladder occupied by 'the authority/elite' who essentially do as little 'mundane' work as possible with such tasks being ('rightfully') delegated to 'lesser' individuals who are 'paid' a smaller wage than they (the elite) would accept for doing comparable work.

Keeping this 'autonomic' (by example) teaching/mentoring principle in mind, consider that the parent is (rightfully) the only person entitled to immerse and thus inculcate their own children with the fundamental tenets of 'how people behave in society'. And the fact is that parents are doing this 'teaching' every time they drop a child off at daycare to be tutored by paid employees who have not known the child from birth and have no accountability to the outcome of whatever the child learns whilst in their care. Thus this 'hired help' -- no matter how loyal, loving or dedicated -- is not equipped with the desire to build a life-long relationship with the child and during the child's most formative years (birth to about age 12), the 'role model' that is being (subliminally) taught to the child is one of instability (ie: caregivers always changing, no 'one person' to rely on ALL the time) and authoritarian (do as I say but not as I do) hierarchy.

Thus the self-reliant autonomy of the family begins to disintegrate and the 'state' takes on more and more parental duties in the hopes of solving the growing social crisis (drugs, teen pregnancy, street gangs, illiteracy) but instead of ameliorating the debilitating circumstances -- as the intervention increasingly interferes with the 'natural' (parent directed) social-learning process -- the disabling effect on the child, the family and society as a whole is exacerbated.

To fully appreciate this perspective, we must consider the base-line objective of 'education', ie: What is it most important for children to learn? That is, is it more important for children to learn arithmetic or trust? Spelling or respect? Geography or ethics? History or integrity? And of course all may be learned at the same time, which is ideal. However, our present system of education does not value the acquisition of social skills (who to trust? how to discern honesty? what does 'integrity' mean?) as equal to the acquisition of 'book learning' about subject matter (math, history, etc.). In fact, if you look closely at the 'acceptable status quo' of the social environment considered acceptable in the mainstream educational moral, you will notice that (contrary to what is 'said' about what is desired) children are permitted, enabled and encouraged to participate in the anti-social 'games' of domination and control. Winners and losers are abundant (with the ratio about 10% to 90%), elitists have control, power is worshipped, money rules, and superimposed authority is aggrandized. These (socially acceptable) policies and parameters are NOT grounded in trusting the individual to know what is 'best' for self thus disrespecting the uniqueness of individual creativity/integrity and, by adherence to hierarchal/authoritarian mandates, the wholeness of the person/family are evermore undermined.

Now, in stating all this I admit that (imho) many parents in today's society are ill-equipped to consummate the requisite duty. This, however, does not mean they are incapable, but only that they have been inculcated with a (subliminal) set of 'debilitating beliefs' which essentially disable their innate potential to 'do a good job'. This social anomaly can be (and I would say 'is being') eradicated by individuals who take the time to think things through, determine for themselves 'what is best' to enliven the day-to-day quality of their own lives, assert their own independence and CHOOSE to work cooperatively/collaboratively with like-minded others to engender trust, self-reliance and accountability to self-defined/adopted standards.

And as I see things, the first three steps of making the quantum leap from where we are right now into the convivial world we envision is (1) to 'trust' that ALL parents are capable and rightfully entitled to 'educate' their own children howsoever they envision as 'best', (2) to 'trust' that ALL children are capable of their own volition (given trust and respect of course) to mature into healthy adults, and (3) when asked by others 'how do you do that?' (whatever 'that' is), to respond with information, encouragement and love....

Anyway, hope this is useful... on with life!!!

:-)

Christine
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Wanna Hug...???
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FYI: HUGS RULE!!!!

 

Of course, no matter how much we like them, hugs are not enough to keep us happy, healthy and warm. For that, we need 'energy'... and I was intrigued recently to visit this site which indexes a number of technologies for energy production & conservation the development of all of which has (supposedly) been somehow thwarted by high-powered suppression.

 

Usually, we tend to attribute such tales to the ilk of those who routinely wear tin-foil hats <grin>. However, take a read through the above referenced index, do some googling for yourself and then see what you think.

 

For one example, TOMI (Theory of Magnetic Instability) technology employs FREE magnetism as its driving force and "appears to be the embryo of a valid free energy device." Invented by Stewart Harris (follow link for 'build-it-yourself' plans) in 1978, his patent application was rejected contrary to a favorable review by patent officials. Then, allegedly shortly after the demonstration, "all copies of the patent application and other information subsequently disappeared from the Washington Patent Office" and "Mr. Harris’ home was broken into and his original drawings, papers, applications, and correspondence were stolen."

 

Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it???? Be the first to build one, send us proof that it works, and we'll give you an even better prize than the one we're offering in our Be A Music Agent contest <grin>...!!!

 

Also new this time around, Gozarks is pleased to announce our recent professional affiliation with Worth Remembering Publishing (WRP). Headed by John Velke, a man of much expertise, this innovative company compiles custom volumes of unique biographical tributes, commemorating the lives of deeply cherished family members and friends. There is a fee, of course, however for the quality of service provided and the intrinsic value such a memoir might have to the bereaved, we think WRP offers a priceless opportunity to enshrine the memory of someone loved, forever. For more about John, his team and WRP, have a look at our recent News Release.

 

Finally for now, if you would like to receive a head's up when Gozarks publishes a collection of interesting items such as those listed above, we invite you to subscribe to Gozarks Digest or one of our other specialty news release and newsletter updates list...!!!

 

Good Things..
Sometimes like a smorgasbord life offers too much of too many good things. As I think these thoughts, however, I reflect on the fact that this statement simply is not true for far too many people. Then I wonder, why...???

Why is it and how is it that some of us enjoy a remarkable quality of ongoing ease and pleasure whilst others of us struggle, stumble and fall into circumstances which no one would (I believe) consciously desire?

Why and how is it that sometimes, no matter how hard we work we never seem to get ahead and sometimes with seemingly no sweat-effort at all the world seems to drop rose petals at our door?

Why and how is it that some of us seem to recover (and even prosper) from entanglements with tragedy whilst others of us seem perpetually driven down, deeper and deeper into a hellacious pit?

Biology, Psychology and Theology pose interesting answers to these questions. Could it be that some semblance of 'truth' about balancing these scales is to be found where the congruent principles of these -ologies align?

Biology, in the field of genetics, seems more and more to 'prove' that the quality of life we enjoy is no more or less than our DNA enables; that 'codes' written on the molecular structure of our cellular make-up have a dominator effect on our lives; that who we are and how we behave is a matter of 'pre-programming' handed down to us by generation upon generation of ancestors, giving us little or no control over most circumstances of our lives. 

Psychology, under the heading of cognitive dynamics, affirms the existence of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy effect; that 'mind' has a convoluting influence on what we experience as 'reality'; that our own 'predispositions' about 'how things have always been and thus must always be' have a defining influence on the outcomes we experience day-to-day; that we and the quality of life we experience is dramatically attributable to what we think.

Theology sets universal boundaries for 'good conduct', subscribing behaviors which are grounded in the peaceful expression of love for self and others; promising 'rewards' of healthy well-being and material abundance (aka: Heaven on Earth) when the tenets of such conduct are amalgamated into the character of one's daily life.

For centuries -- dating to the origins of each of these respective schools of ideology -- hierarchal rivalry has abounded. Three dictums, each vying for supremacy in the domination game. But what if, we wonder, these various prognostications are, at their core, all true?

What if 'genetic code' is the equivalent of a 'default code' setting on a computer program? What if the electro-magnetic 'energy' of mind influences this default code, manipulating pre-programmed 'on/off' switches much the same way a 'default setting' is changed on computer screen? What if, as Einstein asserted, the thoughts we think have a potent influence on the moment-to-moment experience of our day-to-day routine???

Wouldn't that make it all the more vital, to quote both ABBA and dear Martin, for all and each of us to "Have A Dream..."

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