Many years ago I read Ivan Illich’s book, Deschooling Society. It is a remarkable work that points out the general phenomenon of institutional failure, not just the failure of the educational system. Here below is an excellent TED talk about effective education in slums and the Third World. There are lessons there for every context.
Here are some major points that I gleaned from the talk:
- Based on Pull, not push
- Provides Quick payoff
- Is inherently interesting
- Starts with questions, problems, games and projects
- Provides practical skills
- Embeds learning in productive activities
- Utilizes peer to peer interaction and learning –t.h.g.
Here is a very well done documentary that recounts the cold fusions controversy and presents new evidence from leading scientists: Cold Fusion.
Is cold fusion real? Twenty years ago it was dismissed as “junk science,” now it’s back in the news as credible scientists study it and the U.S. government funds new research. Watch this report from the CBS program, 60 Minutes.
Last year’s scare about a swine flu “pandemic” was driven by the World Health Organization. It has recently come to light that scientists responsible for the alert had financial ties to the companies that made the vaccine. read the full story:
The FORBIDDEN Truth About WHO’s 2009 ‘Pandemic’…
via Borowitz Report.
Planet Already ‘Pre-destroyed,’ Scientist Says
LONDON (The Borowitz Report) – Reversing his recent position on the dangers of an extraterrestrial invasion, eminent theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said today that the planet is in no such peril anymore because aliens are “no longer interested” in invading Earth.
“Assuming that aliens have been monitoring Earth for the past month in preparation for an invasion, they’ve probably figured out it’s no longer worth the trip,” Dr. Hawking said.
Speaking at a conference of the International Society of Eminent Theoretical Physicists, Dr. Hawking added, “Most extraterrestrials would want to come to Earth to destroy it, and let’s face it, this planet has been pretty much pre-destroyed.”
Even if aliens planned to travel to Earth to warn humans against destroying their own planet, Dr. Hawking said, “If they showed up now and took a look around they’d be like, ‘Oops, too late.’”
The physicist said that the rocket fuel aliens would have to expend to launch an Earth invasion was significant, “and you don’t spend that kind of money to invade a shithole.”
In recognition of his role in deterring an alien invasion, Queen Elizabeth II of England today knighted Tony Hayward, the CEO of oil giant BP.
In remarks to reporters after the knighting ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Sir Tony said he would be working tirelessly this week to study the impact of the Gulf oil spill on the beaches of the South of France. More here.
This stunning presentation describes research finding that can empower all of us to stay healthy and fight disease mainly by eating the right foods and herbs. Don’t miss it. — t.h.g.
Dramatically Effective New Natural Way to Starve Cancer and Obesity