The Parental Intelligence Newsletter


November 2007


Hi, this is Bob Collier inviting you to 'explore the psychology of happy and successful parenting', connect with bright minds, discover new ideas and sail outside the mainstream for a while without running aground.

All that and more.

In this month's issue of the Parental Intelligence Newsletter there are links to 28 articles and 31 notices and items of news. As always, I trust you will find in my latest collection of parenting, education and personal development ideas and information from around the internet something that will make a positive difference to your life - and, through you, to the lives of your children.

Please scroll down to pick and choose whatever is of interest and useful to you.

Thank you for being here! I appreciate this opportunity to be of help to you in your parenting adventure and wish you all the happiness and success you would wish yourself.

See you next month!

Bob


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"What the thinker thinks, the prover proves. The human mind can be viewed as having two main functions: a thinker and a prover. The thinker can think anything. The prover has no such choice: whatever the thinker thinks, the prover arranges all incoming information to prove that thought to be true.

If a person believes they are stupid, their prover will sort and filter all incoming data to prove that belief to be true. If they believe they are clever, the prover will sort and filter incoming data to prove that belief true. If you believe you will always be poor, that life is unfair, and that people are basically rotten, your prover will find evidence of those beliefs. If you believe that you can become fantastically wealthy, that life is a wonderful adventure, and that people are intrinsically good, your prover will create an iron clad case to prove those beliefs to be correct.

Of course, over time, the external reality of your life comes into line with whatever you've been thinking. So if you're unsure about what you believe, there's an easy way to find out: have a look around! Your external circumstances are the physical manifestation of your beliefs.

You might even like to ask yourself what beliefs it would be useful for you to have. What the thinker thinks, the prover proves."
- Jamie Smart, NLP Trainer
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ARTICLE LINKS


The Gift Every Child Really Wants
by Pam Leo

Whether we observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Solstice, the holidays have become more stressful for many parents and less happy for many children. By the time we add shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, and holiday events to our already busy schedules, we have less time than ever to spend with our children. When children don't get enough attention from the people they love, their "love cup" gets empty and they feel disconnected and unhappy.

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Why Kids Fight & How to Help Them Stop
by Laura M. Ramirez
 
Does it seem like your kids are always arguing? Does their constant antagonism toward each other affect the sense of well-being in your home? If so, you're not alone. In this article we'll explore why kids hit and argue and how to help them start to develop the emotional intelligence skills that will lead to better choices and help them solve conflicts on their own.

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Attaining Inner Freedom
by Tsolagiu M.A. RuizRazo

Notice how trees on a mountaintop move slightly as the wind ripples through their branches, and how the sun makes the shadows of trees dance on the earth.  As we pay attention to our surroundings, they teach us about the beauty of another life - a life of freedom.

It is important to gain inner freedom in order to be good parents.

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Every Mother Knows
by Anna Jahns

Every mother intuitively knows the supreme importance of the relationship between her and her child with every fibre of her being, for Nature has designed it to be this way. There is nothing obscure or esoteric about the bond of intuitive connectedness that exists between mother and child - it is something so inherent to our biological system that it is as natural to us as breathing, and in many ways it is just as essential to our survival.

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TV's toughest nanny and the string of qualifications that do not exist
by Patrick Foster, The Times

Channel 4 misled the public over the qualifications held by a celebrity nanny on the television series Bringing Up Baby, an investigation by The Times has learnt.

Claire Verity, 42, outraged children's organisations with her strict routines, which included leaving babies to cry, limiting cuddling time to ten minutes a day and leaving them outside "to air". The NSPCC said that her methods were "outdated and potentially harmful", while the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said that her recommendation that babies sleep alone in a separate room contradicted Department of Health guidance on reducing the risk of cot death.

Channel 4 announced an investigation into Ms Verity's qualifications yesterday after the awarding bodies from which she claimed to have various diplomas said that they had no records of her.

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The CHILD Disorder
by Jan Hunt and Naomi Aldort
 
After close observation of their own children, with a combined age of 61 years, observations of many other children in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Israel, Greece, Italy, Swiss, France, Holland, Belgium, England, Scotland, and the Bahamas, and numerous reports throughout recorded history, the authors have determined that a widely-distributed behavioral disorder has somehow been overlooked by psychiatrists. They have labeled this disorder "CHILD". Just like "ADD", "ADHD", and "Asperger's Syndrome", CHILD is not based on any medical evidence or test whatsoever, but it should nonetheless be a useful diagnosis for mental health professionals, school administrators, and parents. 
 
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World Experts Demand End to Child Drugging in the US - Part I
by Evelyn Pringle
   

On October 12, 2007, experts in the field of psychiatry and child development from all over the world arrived in Washington to attend the annual conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology. This year's conference focused on one specific goal - to end the mass-prescribing of psychiatric drugs to children.

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There Are No "Chemical Imbalances"
by Eaton T. Fores

The hypothetical disturbances of neurochemical function that are said to underlie "mental illness" are just that: hypothetical.  No experiment has ever shown that anyone has an "imbalance" of any neurotransmitters or any other brain chemicals.  Nor could any conceivable experiment demonstrate the existence of a "chemical imbalance," simply because no one, least of all the biopsychiatrists, has the slightest idea what a proper and healthy chemical "balance" would look like.  

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Prescribe a Dog Instead of a Drug!
by Tony Zizza

If you sit long enough in Atlanta traffic, (which you will), your mind really starts to wander.  Such is the case with me every morning.  And this morning turned out to be no different.
 
At first, I ask myself questions that I already know the answers to.  "What am I going to have for dinner tonight?"  "Well, it will be pasta, veggies, salad, and garlic bread."  "What do you think of the new Sara Evans CD?"  "Well, it's fantastic."  "How many miles are you going to jog right after work?"  "Well, the usual six." 
 
Traffic literally crawls on GA 400 South, and I begin to think about a very serious issue.  Drugs.  We have become a society of drug addicts.  We falsely believe that there is a pill for just about every alleged ill. Ultimately, we feel cheated if we go to our doctor's office and do not walk out with a prescription or two.  Or three.
 
Then, for some strange reason, I think about - dogs.

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Has Psychiatry Earned Its Unpopularity?
Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D.

While psychiatry--similar to the Bush administration -- may want to blame its current unpopularity on the press, the corporate media is generally reluctant to challenge a powerful institution until it is already out of favor. Thus, the unpopularity of a powerful institution is usually well-earned through undeniable deceit, incompetence, corruption and failure.

Just how unpopular is psychiatry?

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I Am What I Am
by Anne Ohman

His note is taped to my mirror as a daily reminder of his unique contribution to our lives, to our universe. In handwriting and spelling that a teacher would surely frown upon, it reads, "I AM WAHT I AM."  Five words. Five short, simple words.  But what a message. What a huge, wonderful, powerful concept for an eight-year-old boy to possess.

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Play back
by Paul Nyhan, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
 
Is playtime dying?

The childhood staple of play -- dressing up, lying in a field and other simple pleasures -- is in retreat. Children lost an entire workday of play and 12 hours of free and outdoor time per week since the mid-1970s, according to a new book.

Play has been swallowed by schedule-happy "helicopter" parents, standardized tests, changing family dynamics and even the No Child Left Behind education law, which together stripped kids of hours to hang out or just run around a park like frisky animals.

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How the Internet is Changing Education
by Steve Kaufmann

The word "university" would seem to imply the universe, infinity, no limitations. The reality of today's universities is quite different.

University today is an institution with severe limitations. There are limitations on who gets in, limitations on who is teaching courses, limitations on what courses are offered, limitations on which courses you can enroll in, limitations on when courses are offered and on and on.

What's more, universities are tremendously expensive. The average cost in North America is in excess of $25,000 per year per student, or around $5,000 for an 8 month course of study in one subject. In Canada, for example, 6.1% of GDP is spent on "higher education".

The Internet is a much more promising model. The possible methods of delivery of educational content include video, audio, text, web conferences, blogs, podcasts, forums, and other forms of interactive learning.

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Highschool.com: The Virtual Classroom Redefines Education
by Christina Wood

Katarina Williams is an ambitious tenth grader in Haines City, Florida, shouldering the full burden of college-prep coursework: trigonometry, English, Earth-space science, economics, and American government. But trig is the only class that requires her to sit in a traditional classroom. The others she attends via modem, without leaving her house.

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Laptops pass writing test
by Bangor Daily News Staff

It turns out that Angus King and the few longtime proponents of the state's laptop initiative were right. Or make that "write."

A study completed by the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at the University of Southern Maine confirmed what educators have already observed for some time - the laptop program, which put computers in the hands of seventh- and eighth-grade students throughout the state beginning in 2002, is helping make them better writers.

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Rise of the iPupil
by Greg Thom, Herald Sun

Today's secondary-school students are as comfortable with iPods, digital video and the web as they are with eating and sleeping.

Just as well. Though this crop of young Australians are the first "digital natives", many employers expect nothing less.

Job applicants are increasingly expected to not only be across concepts ranging from web-page building to digital video editing, but the technical and organisational concepts behind them as well.

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Online courses increase in popularity
by Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Al Turgeon knows turf.

The Penn State University professor of turf grass management is world-renown, but students don't have to travel to University Park to learn from him.

Some of his classes are as handy as the nearest computer, whether it's in Pennsylvania or China, at home or in a war zone in Iraq.

Since Dr. Turgeon began offering Penn State's first online course in 1998, the Penn State World Campus has grown from the initial 15 students to more than 5,000 enrollments from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.

Penn State's not the only one with a burgeoning enrollment in online classes. Over the past decade, online education has been growing throughout higher education.

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Learning by Seeing: Fun Visualization Tools That Educate
by Jim Moulton

One recent morning, I sat in the window seat on a flight home from foggy Atlanta, Georgia, to Maine. As we gained speed heading down the runway, I watched the wing and noted the fully extended flaps. As soon as we lifted off and entered the fog layer some 20 feet up, an intense cloud rolled off the upper surface of the wing. When I saw this phenomenon in action, I immediately thought, "A-ha! Bernoulli's principle!"

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Computer games are good for you
by Guy Clapperton

Here's a book title that will bring joy to parents and children engaged in daily battles over computer time: Don't Bother Me Mom - I'm Learning. Its premise, put forward by Marc Prensky, an American software developer, is that children who play computer games have distinct advantages over those who don't, even when the content of the games is violent.

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Unschooling and the Digital Native
by Laureen Hudson

My husband Jason is a major video game geek. We have boxes in the garage, full of all his old game systems, and the games he couldn't trade back in for credit on newer ones. The guys at the local GameCrazy don't know his name; they just call him "big spender."

I've known about this fascination since we started dating, and in fact, his ability to press the pause button and continue to interact with the people in the room was one of the things about him that impressed me to begin with.

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Homeschooling to Counter the Culture of Consumption
by Shay Seaborne

I came across a Washington Post article titled "Spending More for a Little Solace," which explains reasons that people buy "features they do not need and may never use," the bells and whistles on their DVD player, SUV, digital camera, etc. As a parent who taught her children consumer awareness from their toddler years on, and who views mainstream American culture as largely driven by Madison Avenue, a passage jumped out at me. It noted that interviews with children and parents show that "low-income parents do not splurge because they fail to understand the importance of delayed gratification or because they are impulsive," but because "they are acutely sensitive to how certain consumer products influence their children's 'search for dignity.'"

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What Your Kids Need to Know About Credit Cards!
by Lori Mackey

A recent survey by Charles Schwab shows that kids think it is easier to pay with credit cards than with cash, teens are more likely to have a cell phone than a savings account and most teens do not know how to pay bills or how credit card fees and interest work.

The credit card companies are doing a great job selling our kids on credit, but a terrible job educating our kids against the dangers.

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Ban on 'Mom' and 'Dad' sparks call for exodus
by Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily.com

A call is being issued to Christians who have been engaged in the culture wars in California's schools to abandon the system, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a ban on "discriminatory bias" against homosexuals and others with alternative sexual lifestyles.

"We're calling upon every California parent to pull their child out of California's public school system," Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, told WND.

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Resisting the Temptation of Authority
by John Wesley

For many reasons, submitting to authority is extremely attractive. It takes the pressure off. We don't have to think for ourselves. If any problems arise we don't have to worry about deciding what to do. We can just do what the leader says and be confident that answer is the final truth.

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The dangers of fried food and a fried planet
by Rob Lyons
 
Just when you thought we were all going to fry because of climate change, it looks like our taste for fried food will do us in even sooner.

According to headlines across the British media this week, obesity is 'as bad as climate risk'. But the comparisons with climate change shouldn't leave us quaking in our boots. Rather, they show up how our fears for the future have become independent of any reason to be fearful. And once we recognise those fears for what they are - a product of political and social changes rather than real dangers - we will be in a better position to deal with them.

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State of the Future: The World Is Getting Better
by Stephen Moore

I'm old enough to recall the days in the late 1960s when people wore those trendy buttons that read: "Stop the Planet I Want to Get Off."

And I will never forget that era's "educational" films of what life would be like in the year 2000. Played on clanky 16-millimeter projectors, they showed images of people walking down the streets of Manhattan with masks on, so they could avoid breathing the poison gases our industrial society was spewing.

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Maximum Joy
14 ways to feel lucky to be alive
by Andrea Malin

My friend Amy Cohen happened to be experiencing joy right when I called. "I just went off the Atkins Diet. It was pure joy to shove a granola bar into my mouth," she laughed. When pressed for further sources of joy, she admitted she finds happiness from a bargain (finding $169 boots for $39) and from preparing a delicious meal.
 
It's not that I don't appreciate a sugar rush or a great buy, but I'm not sure they bring me joy.
 
The more I tried to find happiness, the more I found myself in a vast sea of pleasures, thrills, and gratifications. An e-mail chain letter of "natural highs" cited making eye contact with a cute stranger, listening to the rain, and riding a roller coaster. Hmm. Nice, but do they bring me joy? Not really.
 
I couldn't help but feel that the experience of joy should be something more substantial, something I could sink my teeth--and heart and soul--into. I was looking for some science.

Read more ...

Thank you for that item to Nancy Machaj


Why Unmaterialistic People Should Want to Get Rich
by John Wesley

Imagine a greedy old miser, nearing the end of his life. For years he shunned friends and family to amass a fortune, but now, in old age, he sits alone in an empty mansion, cursing himself for missing out on the truly important things in life. No one wants to end up like him. We want to enjoy the love of our family and friends. Only materialistic people with skewed priorities care about being rich. Right?

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NOTICE BOARD


Guiding Stars of the New Parenting Movement

Be sure to download your FREE copy of my Guiding Stars of the New Parenting Movement e-books while you're here if you haven't done so already.

There are two volumes so far. These e-books are FREE with my compliments and are packed with valuable insights and useful ideas to help you in your parenting adventure.

Volume 1 - an introduction to the work of Michael Mendizza, Robin Grille, Laura Ramirez, Jan Hunt, Pam Leo, Pat and Larry Downing, Alfie Kohn, Marc Prensky, Kali Wendorf and Jan Fortune-Wood:

Download it from here

Volume 2 - an introduction to the work of Aletha Solter, Kim Wildner, Naomi Aldort, John Travis and Meryn Callander, John Breeding, Scott Noelle, Beverley Paine and Alan Wilson

Download it from here


Kindred Magazine

In the latest issue of Kindred magazine:

Kindred's Ultimate Nappy Guide - what are your options, and How much …?
Relationship - Saying What's Real
Spiritual Composting - the Inner and Outer of Biodynamic Farming
How to Talk with your Teenager about Porn
It was the Boy - inside Villawood, Australia's Refugee Detention Centre
Your Child is Like The Rain

For more information and to subscribe please visit the Kindred Magazine website


Natural Child News

In the latest issue of Natural Child News:

Quote of the Month: "It is part of the mythology of childhood..."
New article: "The Nursing Toddler" by Norma Jane Bumgarner
AP Research: Food dyes and sodium benzoate affect behavior
A Gift for Baby full online preview
New booklet: The Unschooling Unmanual (update)
The Natural Child Audiobook - reduced price
Gift Shop: 50+ unique gift items help support our work
Parenting Card of the Month: "Your child has years and years..."
Talk with Jan
AP Family Directory AP Directory
Advertise with us
Support The Natural Child Project
November sponsors

Subscribe to the Natural Child News here


Homeschool Australia Newsletter

In the latest issue of the Homeschool Australia newsletter:

Quick Notes
What's New on Beverley's Web Sites
In the News, News and Issues, 5 items
Homeschool Resources
Homeschool FAQ: learning materials for homeschooling a 4 year old
Letters
Favourite Quotes
Homeschool Networks and Blogs
Home Education Camps

Read the latest issue online here

This will be the last issue of the Homeschool Australia newsletter!

Publisher Beverley Payne, a 'pioneer' of the home education movement in Australia and an inspiration to thousands, is "downshifting" now that all of her children have grown up and will be pursuing activities outside of home education. But she'll still be there to help home educators! For more information about that, please visit one or all of these websites:

Homeschool Australia

Australian Home Education Directory

Always Learning Books


Connection Parenting

A book by parent educator Pam Leo recommended by the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.   

"Connection parenting is parenting through connection instead of coercion, through love instead of fear."

www.connectionparenting.com


Who Do We Think We Are?

A new audio presentation from Michael Mendizza of Touch The Future.

"The social image we create about ourselves and others shapes our behavior; it defines who we think we are and therefore our development lifelong. Understanding deeply that our self-image is just that, an image, liberates us from the boundaries and constraints imposed by that image.

In this lively one-hour audio presentation Michael explores the nature, structure and origin of our self-image and what it feels like to be free of its limitations. Freedom from that image is liberating for adults. Most importantly, liberating adults from their social image transforms the full spectrum of child development."

Get the details here


I signed the "We, the undersigned completely disagree with the intention to take Fran Lyons' newborn baby away" petition!

You might like to as well when you know the story.

Here it is


The Defense Foundation For Children USA Launches New Website

"Become involved in the greatest effort of changing lives and giving hope to impossible situations."

Find out more


Inner Child magazine

"Inner child magazine is an innovative and affordable publication which appeals to the individual who is interested in an alternative and fresh approach to parenting and children's issues and interests.

Our vision is to provide our readership base with inspiration, ideas, empowerment and support which may be factored into daily life, hopefully enhancing your role as parent or child. We first and foremost advocate care and respect for each other and the environment, this basic tenet underpins every facet of inner child magazine."

www.innerchildmagazine.com/


The Confident Parenting Workshop

"Let Sue Atkins change your parenting life on Saturday 19th January 2008 on The Confident Parenting Workshop - come along to enjoy and have fun exploring your parenting potential in the personal company of Sue Atkins, the UK's Leading Parent Coach and Author of Raising Happy Children for Dummies."

Location: Godstone, Surrey, UK.

Find the details at www.positive-parents.com


79 Ways for Busy Moms to Escape Adulthood

A free e-book from Kim & Jason Kotecki.

"If you are a mom, you are amazing. You are a modern-day superhero. Somehow you keep everything together, enabling the earth to continue to rotate on its axis without any snags. But, let's be honest, it's not always easy. Busyness sneaks up and causes unwelcome stress and unbalance, leaving you with a hearty case of Adultitis. In an effort to prevent this deadly disease, we have compiled this free eBook for moms all over the world. Many of these tips (submitted by real-life, really busy moms) can be done with your kids, husband, friends, or even by yourself."

Visit Kim & Jason's blog for the full story


I Used To Believe

"I Used To Believe is a funny and bizarre collection of ideas that adults thought were true when they were children. It will remind you what it was like to be a child, fascinated and horrified by the world in equal parts. The following pages will reassure you that the things you used to believe weren't so strange after all..."

www.iusedtobelieve.com/


Applied Emotional Mastery

The website of Jennifer Day, author of the book Children Believe Everything You Say.

"Your emotions may be stumbling blocks to success & fulfillment. Learn how they can become stepping stones to the life you want!"

www.appliedemotionalmastery.com


Everyday Role Models

"everyday girls, everyday situations, extraordinary inspiration"

A social network created by the UK's leading teen coach Sarah Newton.

Click here for more information


Youth-Targeted Virtual Worlds Encourage Toy Buying
 
"Tween marketing has undergone a bit of a golden age online in 2007, thanks to sites like Club Penguin and Webkinz which rely heavily on interactivity to keep kids coming back.

According to Advertising Age, interactive tween sites are now taking a page out of the Webkinz handbook, whereby kids purchase an offline item to either join or enhance the online experience."

Read more about this at marketingvox.com


Gun Questions and Unschooling

Some 'points to ponder' on the subject of children and toy guns from Sandra Dodd and other unschoolers.

sandradodd.com/peace/guns


Education Otherwise

"Education Otherwise is a UK-based membership organisation which provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take proper responsibility for the education of their children."

www.education-otherwise.org


Books by Jan Fortune-Wood from AERO

Doing It Their Way: Home-Based Education & Autonomous Learning

www.edrev.org/theirway

Bound to Be Free: Home Education as a Positive Alternative to Paying the Hidden Costs of 'Free' Education

www.edrev.org/boundtobefree

With Consent: Parenting For All to Win

www.edrev.org/withconsent


2007 Australian National Home Education Conference DVDs now available!

"Have your own 2 day Home Education Conference AT HOME with a set of DVDs from the 2007 NHED Conferences!

This 4 DVD pack includes over 8 hours of conference speeches by John Taylor Gatto, Alan Thomas and Eleanor Sparks as well as the Brisbane Conference Question and Answer session.

Includes Conference Notes from many of the Workshop Presenters.

All funds from the sale of this DVD go to the Home Education Association of Australia to help pay for the NHED Conferences and to promote homeschooling across Australia and to support individual families and homeschooling groups.

Bring internationally renowned educator John Taylor Gatto and the 2007 National Home Education Conference into your living room for only $40!"

Available from the Home Education Association or Always Learning Books:

alwayslearningbooks.com.au

 
The Learning Revolution

"The Learning Revolution by Gordon Dryden and Dr Jeannette Vos is a record selling book with a strap line of "To change the way the world learns". To say it is a popular book might be an understatement when you consider that it sold over 7.5 million (yes 7.5 million) copies in China in 25 weeks. So what is it about and why is it so popular?"

A book review by Michael Tipper.

Visit www.happychild.org.uk to read the full review

About Michael Tipper


Route 21

"The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is pleased to offer Route 21, a one-stop-shop for 21st century skills-related information, resources and community tools. To get started, take a tour or explore the P21 framework."

Created with schools in mind but useful too if you have a home educated child, like me.

www.21stcenturyskills.org/route21


Memletics

"Learn faster with Memletics"

The Memletics Accelerated Learning System is a new approach to accelerated learning and an ongoing project co-ordinated by Sean Whiteley, and his wife, Kristen.

Read all about it at www.memletics.com


A Cross Blog Conversation With Nell Taliercio

Natural Moms Talk Radio owner Carrie Lauth writes about why she became a homeschooler.

Visit naturalmomstalkradio.com


Grace Llewellyn

Grace Llewellyn is an "unschooling advocate" whose name I've been hearing a lot lately, and author of the book The Teenage Liberation Handbook: how to quit school and get a real life and education.

Here's her website:

www.gracellewellyn.com


Joyfully Rejoycing

The website of 'radical unschooling' legend Joyce Fetteroll. And a treasure trove of parenting wisdom.

If you're not a part of the home education revolution (and, yes, it's nothing short of that) and you've wondered what 'radical unschooling' is really all about, this is a great place to get the right kind of education on that.

www.joyfullyrejoycing.com


Popular Culture and Philosophy

An intriguing educational concept from the Open Court Publishing Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Titles include Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts, The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy: The Lion, the Witch, and the Worldview, Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice and the Socratic Way.

www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp

Thank you for that item to Robyn Coburn via Always Learning


Why was Steve Plog fired by ChADD for talking about lab tests & nutrition?

"My name is Steven Plog. In Jan of 2006, I served as the Las Vegas coordinator for ChADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder). My position lasted just 30 days.

I'm 52 now, but at the age of 39 in a 30 minute interview with a psychiatrist recommended to me by ChADD in Chicago, I was diagnosed by a visual evaluation as having "so-called ADD" and given a prescription of Ritalin. Later I found out I was toxic and suffering from nutrient depletions, not a neurotransmitter malfunction in my brain that was diagnosed by simply talking to me."

An intriguing tale that 'crossed my desk'


Zap Your Phone, Not Our Children

"The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving was banned in the UK in December 2003, yet take a look around you on any journey and the chances are you'll still see someone chatting away with their phone held up to their ear.

Several surveys have actually concluded that using a phone behind the wheel is more dangerous than drink-driving and more likely to cause a car accident. It can be seen, therefore, that the seemingly harmless act of talking on a phone really can put lives at risk."

Visit www.zapyourphone.com for more information

Thank you for that item to Kavit Haria


Mom's Video Game Boot Camp

"The gaming experts at GameDaily have teamed up with women's magazine All You to host a video game boot camp for moms, teaching women the basics about video games, so they can better relate to their kids."

Read all about it here


And finally ...

Free Rice

Learn Free Vocabulary & Give Free Rice

"How to play:

Click on the answer that best defines the word.

If you get it right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word.

For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance..."

Visit www.freerice.com




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