Mix Tape of the Gods

5 09 2007

If some recoil from the brink of space, others find it liberating. . .

The information etched into the grooves of the Voyager record is expected to last at least one billion years. That’s a long time: A billion years ago, life on Earth was first venturing forth from the seas.

. . .Contemplation of Voyager’s billion-year future among the stars may make us feel small and the span of our history seem insignificant. Yet the very existence of the two spacecraft and the gold records they carry suggests that there is something in the human spirit able to confront vast sweeps of space and time that we can only dimly comprehend.

And thanks to Sky and Telescope (via Parenting Beyond Belief) we know what to tell the kids about it all:
We are stardust. We are golden.

Nice-Guy Discernment Is What Moves Movements, Not Fighting

5 09 2007

Nance and I started saying “thinking” rather than discernment to mean the same thing, as in “thinking parents.” Same power to change, well, everything . . .

Read this nifty “Parenting Beyond Belief” interview with the guy who wrote “I Sold My Soul on E-Bay” and see if you can argue. I sure can’t. It applies to the religious wars and other stuff too. Red and blue partisans obviously have no discernment and so I tend to tune them out. Not a very effective frame for change of anything except whose name is on the checks. And undiscerning homeschool “advocates” full of criticism for charters and other public schools, government, law, intellectuals, teachers, taxes and anybody who defines homeschooling differently than THEY do, who might want to listen up, too:

One of the trickiest bits to negotiate in raising kids without religion is engendering the right attitudes about religion and religious people. Some aspects of religious belief deserve a helluva lot of loud and direct critique. I want them to learn to do that fearlessly, like Harris and Dawkins. But other aspects and actions deserve loud and direct applause. I want them to learn that as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Blame the Parents, Part Two (or 200, whatever)

5 09 2007


Ed Balls: ‘We need a more united front against poor behaviour’

The move represents a dramatic escalation of the Government’s hardline policy on yobbish behaviour and problem parents. Parents also face a criminal record and possible £1,000 fine if children are found roaming the streets after being excluded from school.
. . .teachers welcomed the move: “Parents need to understand their responsibilities if their children are undermining the lives of teachers and their pupils. The most important message for teachers however is that they now have a legal right to discipline. No longer can a parent challenge a teacher’s decision to discipline. That is the main message that should go to schools in the new school year”.

Meanwhile, the Government also announced that all secondary school
children would have lessons in “happiness” and emotional wellbeing to
help improve discipline in the classroom. . .

We must be living in the End Times of Compulsory Schooling, there’s no other explanation . . .see also “Why Not Paddle Naughty Parents?”

There’s no protection from it I can see, once parents accept the authority of School over their family lives. It extends the meaning of getting “sent to the office” to the whole clan, in a way that seems quite logical and legal once you accept the original premise that School controls society rather than the other way around, and it’s for our own good.

So all you parents out there, do what you’re told and then sit down and shut up, unless you want me to fix it so you can’t sit down for a week . . .