Thank you, darling! xx
My 21st was a good one to remember.
Haven’t been here much and not been posting, due to illness. Thank you to those who wished me a happy 21st birthday though.
My family threw me a surprise dinner with some close friends invited. Mum made me a cake and a Whovian family friend decorated it.
Then, later, I went out, met up with more friends at a neat bar, for a Joy Division cover band gig. They were really good and there was a great atmosphere -get it?
I was further surprised by my friend who created a treasure hunt with 21 clues and challenges; of which included, dressing up in a Dalek costume she made, doing the can-can up to the stage and giving the band member my phone number. He then proceeded to get everyone in the bar to sing happy birthday, much to my embarrassment.
It was a fun night, but because I’ve been unwell, I struggled a lot. I am thankful however, that I had my close friends to support me.
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just come from the Lyttleton Winter Festival of Light
had my face painted
scared a lot of small children and grown ups alike
"Children are required to be in school, where their freedom is greatly restricted, far more than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades we’ve been compelling them to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there’s strong evidence that this is causing psychological damage to many of them. And as scientists have investigated how children naturally learn, they’ve realized that kids do so most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school….
Most people assume that the basic design of today’s schools emerged from scientific evidence about how children learn. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Schools as we know them today are a product of history, not research.
Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are self-motivated, pursuing answers to questions that reflect their personal interests and achieving goals that they’ve set for themselves. Under such conditions, learning is usually joyful.
The evidence for all of this is obvious to anyone who’s watched a child grow from infancy to school age. Through their own efforts, children figure out how to walk, run, jump, and climb. They learn from scratch their native language, and with that, they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, charm, and ask questions.
They do all of this before anyone, in any systematic way, tries to teach them anything.
This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children reach five or six. But we turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.”
“and there’s strong evidence that this is causing psychological damage to many of them.”
real glad we’re just learning this now
information that shocks literally no one who’s under 30
Even at a young age, I remember it striking me the similarities between the school and prison systems. Particularly, how we were all made to wear the same clothes, sit in rooms with numbers on them and having to walk in lines with others. We are made to conform and treated as a number.
I am going to slide a reference from ‘The Prisoner' in here..
I don’t deal well with school systems. Its not natural and inhibits us in perhaps more ways than it helps us.
I am trying to do a course at the moment and the stress is making me incredibly ill, both physically and mentally.
While learning to read and write etc is important, so is our sanity.