Friday, 9 January 2009

Kindred Souls

I really seem to have fallen on my feet. The head teacher of the primary school I'm going to be doing a philosophical-creative writing project at for the next three months put me on to this: Shift Happens.
Isn't it great when you get to work with like-minded people?

There's a brilliant video presentation on You Tube that I would have posted here but I can't seem to do it. When Bob comes home I'll ask him for help. Meanwhile a link on the site you'll find yourself on if you click on the link above will get you to it.

(Don't worry folks, I've done it. -Bob.)


scarlet-blue said...

I dread to think of how many hours of TV I've watched in my lifetime!
And sometimes I think my schooling sent me into the World totally unprepared.

Tousled Raven said...

That's fantastic news Eryl. I hope you find your placement as interesting as I did. Sounds like it will be good if you and the teacher are already singing from the same hymn sheet. WILL email more soon!
Honey pots full of love to you.

Kanani said...

No doubt, nineteen years ago, the internet wasn't even something I knew would take up my time and monthly budget. I had no idea I'd be writing and people from Scotland would be reading what I had to say.

I think our politicians are still grappling with how to feed people, how to keep despots from killing people --it's all so primitive a world (real life) though juxtaposed against the cleaner, clearer world of the internet.

In a way, it makes no sense. But truly, I think it defines the fourth world.

savannah said...

congratulations, sugar! exciting news for you and yours! xoxox

(i'm posting that link on my site! it needs to be shared as often as possible!)

Eryl Shields said...

Scarlet ~ but TV does seem to feed your imagination in a brilliant wild way!

TR ~ So far, so good as they say. Fibre optics of love to you, x

Kanani ~ I agree. In fact I sometimes think that politicians create the problems they feel can look like they can deal with, and they still fail!

Savannah ~ Thanks honey. I won't be getting paid (financially) for the project, but it's going to be fun!

Post away, it really does need to reach as wide an audience as possible. XXXXXX

Kim Ayres said...

It's why philosophy is so important in schools. There's no point in teaching future generations to follow the status quo - they have to be thought how to think independently and laterally

debra said...

Pretty powerful stuff, Eryl. My grandmother was 101 when she died. She was born in 1897 in the Ukraine, and came to the US when she was 14. In her lifetime she experienced: candles-->electricity, horses and buggies-->automobiles-->jet travel-->man on the moon, pencils-->typewriters-->computers.

Who could have prepared her for a future no one knew existed? Same with our children. Giving them the tools to generate alternative solutions to problems, to find out what they need to know, to be compassionate world citizens, to communicate their thoughts, ideas, needs and wants, to negotiate systems. Tools and skill sets rather than facts abd drill and kill. It is time for a new paradigm.
Thanks for writing this post; it is, to say the least, timely.

Eryl Shields said...

Kim ~ quite!

Debra ~ you're very welcome. I feel the paradigm shifting.

Mary Witzl said...

Good for you, Eryl -- this sounds so interesting. You'll probably get kids who want to learn too, so lucky you!

And I'm so heartened to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't know how to post YouTube stuff... (Have you learned by now? I'll bet you have. I'll still be the last...)

Eryl Shields said...

I'm hoping that the kids I'll be teaching are young enough (5 & 10 year olds) to still have that childish exuberance and not yet be worried about getting things wrong.

As for posting you tube stuff Bob did show me but I'm pretty sure I'll have to ask for his help a few more times before it sticks!

PI said...

Brilliant! Progress?

Eryl Shields said...

Progress indeed, Pat, but whether it is all good...