education

57 We achieve what we want

We have shared some heavy discussions. Here are outrageous exaggerations and oversimplifications that take a lighter look just for the fun of it. Sometimes wise things are said in jest. A few undefined dogmas Public demonstrations look like requests for other people to do something. I am a peace activist who does not protest or demonstrate. It is more inviting to radiate. Printing money does not create wealth. It inflates the numbers we attach to existing resources. Laws do not change who we are; they reflect who we are. Happiness is not established by legislation telling people to be nice. …

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28 Worshipful attention from our children?

Do you want your children to admire you?  How about worshipful attention?  Are the two differentiable? Worshipful attention appears sweet until, like sugar, it has negative impact.  Happily, I watched Shakespeare’s King Lear before begetting children.  I knew it was important for my children to differentiate between leadership that deserved respect and leadership that needed forgiving.  Their selection mattered, and fortunately they chose well what to follow and what to forgive.  Looking back, I cringe with King Lear at many episodes I thought at the time were praiseworthy.  It is good that they can set aside much of what I …

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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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