Education

101 The new style for better education

Note use of gender neutral pronouns: ze (s/he); zem (her/him); zir (his/her); zirself Bidirectional Starting at home Do you control your children? Do you feel manipulated by them? Do you learn from them, as suggested in Article 28? Often, I think children learn to manipulate in self-defense as parents learn how to lead without threatening. So, the learning relationship is bidirectional: each party teaches; each party learns. Today we study the layers of that process. At first blush, what is learned is what is being taught. When a parent explains or demonstrates (teaches) how to paint a window frame, we …

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82 Human reallocation

Stories An amused hayseed watched the automated orange juice machine slice and squeeze his orange for him. He was less amused when the cup stuck in the chute and failed to catch the juice. In his old farmer drawl, he exclaimed, “the durn thing even drinks it fer ya.” It was too much automation for him! Let’s leave behind the corny jokes and concentrate on the opening of article 81, an infantile desire to receive every needful thing from the world. One professor told us that the first requirement of a good physicist is to be lazy—our work is always …

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67 Teaching is not dispensing

It is an exchange For three days last week I profoundly enjoyed the LIFT convention presented by Mirasee. Danny Iny, with his wife and his brother, touched us all very deeply. There were stimulating guest presentations, but the most rewarding part of the conference was mingling (online) with the collegial participants. I heard of a college course on teaching aids in which the professor never used any teaching aids. Today I attended a lecture by a person who dropped out of a business training program because none of the teachers had run a business. Financial coaches teach that before you …

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65 Is it a commandment?

“This is not a request. This is an order.” That is the movie version of today’s topic. The Sunday school version is the pupil’s question, “Is the rule against smoking a commandment?” People seem to need certainty. Preachers tend to say that the Decalogue is not “the ten suggestions.” Nevertheless, I shall demonstrate that in real life it doesn’t matter. A class for young children presented my favorite title for this: “the ten best ways.” I was shocked in a Sunday School class when the teacher asked, “Do we need commandments?” I answered with a resounding “No!” and held under …

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47 Made-for-you (MFY)

In my current business, I was offered made-for-you startup packages. Companies, trainers, and coaches were eager to sell complete systems they had used so that I would get the same results. I did not buy. There are flaws in the logic. (1) Why should “made-for-you” copies suddenly perform again in my tiny market exposure? (2) “Proven results” follow skill and cleverness, not static packaged systems. (1) Once lucrative patterns have likely run their course, or they wouldn’t be for sale. Developers exploit (apply)their cash-cow techniques instead of selling them to me. If their platform does not expand on autopilot for …

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27 Humans’ Needs = the F.I.S.H.

Before starting this blog, I was writing Ernstraud Magazine sporadically.  That climaxed on February 11, 2019 with an analysis of humans’ needs.  The acronym there was the FISH, meaning Fundamental Ingredients Sustaining Humans.  They are important enough to list again here, in order of urgency, as measured by how quickly people die if they lack the ingredient. As the urgency goes down, the importance might be going up; the complexity does. The FISH Physically we consume these items Clean Air Clean Water Nutrition and Exercise Safe Housing Healthcare (we stay healthy as a group) Valid Education (see the prior issue …

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26 Educate everybody?

Education was presented last week as the redemptive function of prison. It is most effective in a nurturing environment. Will implementing that upgrade make people on the outside jealous? Not if their own needs are being met.  We readily share what we have, making the whole society better off. The plea for uplifting education applies universally. American free public education aimed at employability and socialization.  Citizens learned necessary life skills.  Aristotle taught “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” Abraham Lincoln observed “The …

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25 Redemption through education

I admit my mistakes more easily when other people are helping me to improve.  My admission is an agreement with others to make progress, and the very best kind is admission to myself that I can do better. The February 25 post this year introduced restorative justice for improving conditions by replacing bad with good behavior.  The program reduces the hurt to the perpetrator and to the victim.  Redirecting lives requires effort on both sides. The prison Shakespeare project is one example of changing lives.  Teachers report that inmates understand the misdeeds in the stories.  They identify with the hurt …

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