Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? Las escuelas matan la creatividad?

Hi all, its HOT and I am chiling under the ceiling fan.. any other place is not worth thinking about.. If you have children or are interested in childrens education this is a must watch imo 🙂

Hola todos, hace mucho calor y esta sintado muy cerca del aire condicionado..  Si tienes ninos, o tienes interes en educacion de los ninos este video es muy interesante en mi opinion.  🙂

John Taylor Gatto- “Dumbing us down”

If the below is of interest to you please youtube JTG as there is a fair bit of material  to choose from.

No one in America today is better qualified to report on the true condition of our government education system than John Taylor Gatto New York City Teacher of the Year, the now-famous educator who spent 26 years teaching in six different schools in New York City and quit because he could no longer take part in a system that destroys lives by destroying minds.

“The trouble was that the unlikeliest kids kept demonstrating to me at random moments so many of the hallmarks of human excellence—insight, wisdom, justice, resourcefulness, courage, originality—that I became confused.  They didn’t do this often enough to make my teaching easy, but they did it often enough that I began to wonder, reluctantly, whether it was possible that being in school itself, was what was dumbing them down.  Was it possible I had been hired not to enlarge children’s power, but to diminish it?  That seemed crazy on the face of it, but slowly I began to realize that the bells and confinement, the crazy sequences, the age-segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of the national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to prevent children from learning how to think, and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior.”

Now tie this with the words of Edward Bernays, Fichte regarding education (they are on this blog) and watch the jigsaw puzzle slowly come together.

Theres many other pieces too, but its like finding a needle in a haystack and the average person does not have the time and often the will.. to find them because  the picture that forms is hard to accept as it offers a different reality.. one that very often scares people so they end up attacking it … thats ok. Not everyone is ready to face drastic change in any form.. I empathise completely.

Bertrand Russell quotes Fichte- “education should aim at destroying free will”

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (1872-1970) was a renowned British philosopher and mathematician who was an adamant internationalist and worked extensively on the education of young children. He was the founder of the Pugwash movement which used the spectre of Cold War nuclear annihilation to push for world government. Among many other prizes, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950 and UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Kalinga prize in 1957.

Bertrand Russell wrote in his  book entitled The Impact of Science on Society (1952)  that:

“It is to be expected that advances in physiology and psychology will give governments much more control over individual mentality than they now have even in totalitarian countries.

Fichte laid it down that, education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished. But in his day this was an unattainable ideal: what he regarded as the best system in existence produced Karl Marx. In future such failures are not likely to occur where there is dictatorship.

Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.

Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so.”

Above was written so long ago yet it reflects what is happening today, IMO. I find this kind of stuff eerie… yet enlightening  I don’t wear rose tinted glasses like I used to.

How Raman and Priyanka beat chronic asthma and eczema

Here I share with you how our son Raman (10 years old at the time) and 6 year old daughter Priyanka cured themselves of two awful conditions suffered increasingly by many children nowadays.

Chronic asthma and

chronic eczema!

“I had a stressful first pregnancy with Raman. I had had an emotional roller coaster of a time the previous few years due to my lifestyle choices and health (I had debilitating chronic rheumatoid arthritis from my early teenage years).

Being pregnant left me feeling vulnerable and alone. Raman was born 4 weeks early… his due date was 16th of November and here I was giving birth on the 19th of October 1988.

My antenatal class nurse had arranged for us to do a walk to the labour ward that night so you can imagine how all the other mums to be laughed when they found me already there tucked up in bed with my baby!

It was a lovely sunny day when we brought our tiny son home, and somehow I knew we were all going to be fine someday…

He was born without asthma or eczema but as he progressed towards school age his health seemed progressively worst every year. At first he developed eczema all round his ankle. This turned into an open wound.  I had to work along with my husband to repay the massive mortgage we had taken on. We had negative equity on our house like many house buyers in the early 90’s.

So I looked for a childminder. One childminder looked at his eczema and refused on the grounds that it looked too ghastly!

My beautiful friend Sameena despite being pregnant offered to look after him but deep inside Raman was not happy and I could see it. I wasn’t either because I missed him. So I stopped working after 2 years.

Despite the tight money situation we found ourselves in, it was one of the best decisions of my life. We had a lovely few months together. He nagged me for a sister everyday! “I want a sister … Danny has got a sister!” He would exclaim.  Danny was his friend and our neighbour’s son. Well his wish was granted when Priyanka arrived on the 16th of November 1992.

16th November was the day he was supposed to be born!

She was so beautiful and calm that everyone kept exclaiming “what a peaceful baby!” Raman was overjoyed and being 4 years old assumed the role of Priyanka’s shadow and my little helper.

This role turned into nearly a full time job when Priyanka developed the most horrendous eczema I have ever seen in my life straight after her immunisations at 8 weeks old. I pleaded with my doctor as to why she had got eczema, and so bad? He comforted me by telling me:-

“Eczema is often started by a trigger. You cannot have a bigger trigger then injecting deadly organisms into a baby.”

So I exclaimed, “Why vaccinate in that case?” He replied, “Would you rather have a dead baby or a baby with eczema…”

His words consoled me at the time but later the following thought came into my head…  cancer has increased since the onset of vaccinations… so is it a choice between your child  dying by cancers or mumps measles rubella diphtheria, whooping cough, and whatever else is in the vaccinations?…

The suffering I experienced and that my poor daughter experienced I would not wish on anyone.

One day she sat there on the carpet tearing at her head at the age of two years with clenched teeth… I sat next to her and my tears just kept streaming down silently. She glanced up momentarily and on noticing I was crying she stopped scratching and quietly with a steady penetrating gaze said,

“Don’t worry mummy.”

Well that just blew my mind … The maturity with which she reacted and the manner of her speech was way beyond that of a child only just turned two years old. Those words strengthened my resolve to never give up on her and find a cure for her.

I would dream of the day when I could put pretty clothes on my daughter without her looking and being like an open wound.

Around this time Raman started looking a bit podgy and started having breathing problems.

The doctor diagnosed asthma. The same time he developed hay fever too…. It reminded me of me years earlier…The most heinous arthritis pain started the same month and year as my hay fever….

Raman was given ventolin and becotide (A steroidal drug) to control the asthma. He carried on putting more weight and people would tell me my kids are healthy. They were both big for there age size wise. This being the measurement of health, I would half heartedly nod in agreement.

Two years later at the age of four Priyanka joined Raman in the chronic asthma rank… Strangely her eczema improved ever so slightly, mainly from the face.

She still couldn’t go out in the sun. During her fourth year I took her out on a hot day. We just walked to the local shops and back. Her whole body turned red. She looked radioactive and she clawed and scratched at her skin until she was so exhausted that she fell asleep.

I had suffered so much sleep depravation in all these years since the onset of her eczema that I felt a total wreak.

In 1996 I applied for disability benefit and asked to be registered disabled. Something my ego had battled against for twenty years. I was crushed, caved in, flat out.

I thought I had about two years of life left in me before I got cancer or heart disease or something else equally ugly…

Well two years later our very close friend’s 3 year old son got cancer and while looking for a cure for him, Derek my husband found the raw food lifestyle that helped cure Priyanka, Raman and me.

There recovery was so quick (3 months) that it left a permanent smile on my face!

I would like to add, they would not have healed had they fought the dietary changes. They agreed to try a raw food detox lifestyle, leaving me and my husband humbled and proud to have such amazing children who did what most adults struggle with… healthy changes.

I  once was one such adult…

Their story continues with many twists and turns. They are know 21 and 17. They know what to do to heal themselves, however they are the birds that have been set free and they are experiencing life for themselves. And that is how life should be.

We are all responsible for our own resurrection.  In my eyes there is no ONE right way to live. Every human is unique and their truth on life the universe comes from their unique experiences and feelings.

So who am I or anyone to force my truth.. I can share it…ultimately it is each individuals freedom to leave it or take on board..

Mohan’s Interview at the age of 7

Mohan, my youngest child is 11 years old know. I did this interview with him just for the record at the age of seven..

Hi Mohan, I am going to ask you some questions  is that ok?


Do you like salads?


Which is your favourite?

Avocado with oat biscuits and pepper, lettuce, sauce (raw nut cream) and cucumber.

What is a hamburger?

Shakes his head indicating he does not  know.

What is Burger King?

Shakes his head indicating he does not know.

What is MacDonalds?

Shakes his head indicating he does not know.

Do you like fruit?

LOTS (spoken with both arms stretched out).

Which is your favourite?

Pears, apples, papayas, grapefruit and pineapple.

Do you eat sweets like most children?


What are your teeth like?

Opens mouth to show me. They are strong. I could even eat a table!

Do you have any fillings?


Do your friends have any fillings?

Jack has, and most children in my class. (Jack is a close friend’s 7 year old son.)

Do you eat different to your friends?

Yes, I eat nice things. I eat no chee ganda (dirty) things. No chicken pie, no milk and no queso (cheese).

Do you wish you ate sweets like your friends?


Do you wish you ate the sort of food your friends eat?


When you grow up, will you eat like your friends?


Do you think it is right to eat cows?

He drew a large X with his finger in the air.

Do you think it is right to kill?

Draws the X again.


Because they are nice…animals.

What about fish?


What about crisps ?


Where do you like to live?

The pueblo and the land. (In the town and on our Orchard.)

Thank you for this interview

That’s alright.

I think it will be interesting to interview him again…. asking the same questions….and maybe more..