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The WHOLE News - September 2017

Could Your 12 Year Old Command A Battleship? Today, Adulthood Doesn’t Kick in Till Age 30…

battleship

John Taylor Gatto was twice New York Teacher of the Year and is the author of The Underground History of American Education. As a teacher dealing with bored students, he began to research the origins of American education, and discovered that it had its roots in Prussian militarism, and an actual plan to make the populace 'mediocre and manageable’. He says, in an article called, ‘Against School':

"First, though, we must wake up to what our schools really are: laboratories of experimentation on young minds, drill centers for the habits and attitudes that corporate society demands. Mandatory education serves children only incidentally; its real purpose is to turn them into servants. Don't let your own have their childhoods extended, not even for a day. If David Farragut could take command of a captured British warship as a preteen, if Thomas Edison could publish a broadsheet at the age of twelve, if Ben Franklin could apprentice himself to a printer at the same age (then put himself through a course of study that would choke a Yale senior today), there's no telling what your own kids could do. After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves."

The rest of the article is here: http://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm

I find this perspective riveting and important. It’s true that much of traditional schooling promotes boredom and mediocrity. The whole system is unwieldy. The insistence on homogeneity is dangerous. 

My ‘cocooning experience’ (see blog below) is giving rise to the conclusion that I’d rather focus on making my Mastery Club program available as a coaching program to conscious families rather than bang heads with the system in an attempt to have it accepted there. I believe strongly that mindset and life skills should be prioritised above all subject matter. As Nina says, when you know how to think, you can apply that to anything. 

In the process of editing the SleepTalk® manual I came across an alarming study by Australian futurist Bernard Salt that backs up Gatto’s argument. Salt points out that in the 1930s a 12 year old was considered an adult; today adulthood often doesn’t fully 'set in' until the age of 30.

Bernard Salt graph

What is delaying the onset of maturity? 

• a school system that keeps youth dependent

• an increase in pleasures such as TV, video games and online games and chat rooms without a balancing increase in responsibility (see next point)

• an actual LAW against working before the age of 15 and 9 months. (A 12 year old cannot even legally do voluntary work in some countries because of potential liability.) 

• housing and education are so expensive that young people are forced to remain at home rather than cutting loose and developing independently.

If you would like your children to be more independent, give them more responsibility. Eg. Don’t wash and hang and fold their clothes for them! If they are 12 years old they can certainly do this for themselves. Here’s a last word from Gatto about boredom:

"Boredom is the common condition of schoolteachers, and anyone who has spent time in a teachers' lounge can vouch for the low energy, the whining, the dispirited attitudes, to be found there. When asked why they feel bored, the teachers tend to blame the kids, as you might expect. Who wouldn't get bored teaching students who are rude and interested only in grades? If even that. Of course, teachers are themselves products of the same twelve-year compulsory school programs that so thoroughly bore their students, and as school personnel they are trapped inside structures even more rigid than those imposed upon the children. Who, then, is to blame?

"We all are. My grandfather taught me that. One afternoon when I was seven I complained to him of boredom, and he batted me hard on the head. He told me that I was never to use that term in his presence again, that if I was bored it was my fault and no one else's. The obligation to amuse and instruct myself was entirely my own, and people who didn't know that were childish people, to be avoided if possible. Certainly not to be trusted. That episode cured me of boredom forever, and here and there over the years I was able to pass on the lesson to some remarkable student. For the most part, however, I found it futile to challenge the official notion that boredom and childishness were the natural state of affairs in the classroom. Often I had to defy custom, and even bend the law, to help kids break out of this trap."

For more information about Bernard Salt’s work, go to www.bernardsalt.com.au 

For more about John Taylor Gatto, www.johntaylorgatto.com.

To join the conversation about education, come along to Suburban Sandcastles’ film screening tomorrow night in Parkdale. The film, 'Most Likely to Succeed’, is all about the need for creativity and innovation in education, and how the current system is failing our children. (See more info and links below.)

Feedback from Moontime Diary author

Last November I attended Dr Demartini’s 7 day ‘Prophecy’ program, which was very intense and fascinating! We worked through a 1000 page manual during those 7 days, starting at 8 a.m. and finishing at 10 p.m. each day… I found myself sitting next to Iris Detenhoff, the creator of the Moontime Diary.

Iris and I exchanged books - The Hidden Order from me, and the Moontime Diary from her, and we've been enjoying each other's creations. Iris is going to feature my book in her 2017 diary and I'd love to share her diary with you here (see the next article). Meanwhile here are her comments about my books:

"The characters, story and wisdom in both, The Mastery Club and the Hidden Order, are delightful, relevant and indeed life changing.

"Reading about Nina, Natalie and their friends was an absolute delight. The characters are wholesome and 'normal' teenagers faced with challenges and issues we all relate to. However! They have an opportunity to become more aware of and conscious about how they create their realities.

"This book is so much more than fiction, it is real, relevant and uplifting. Learning through story is healing and gives direction at the same time. An excellent way to discover the hidden order and become aware of our creativity and reality. I hope many young and older people will come across Liliane Grace’s writings."

- Thanks, Iris!

Moontime Diary - for gardeners, astrologers, mothers, health professionals and pagans!

Moontime diary coverIn the last ten years the Moontime Diary has become one of the most loved moon diaries on the Australian market. This lunar diary is a wonderful companion guide to those people who are seeking a life more in tune with natural seasons and cycles. They found that being aware of the moon's cycle is helpful every day, like dealing with others (children, partners), gardening, daily chores, health and wellbeing treatments, projects and much more.

Gardeners dig the Moontime Diary because they always know where the moon is. Beginners are inspired by the daily tips and information which is easy to understand and follow. Mothers love it because they can anticipate or explain their own and their children’s behaviour, plan ahead and be more efficient with their chores. Health and wellbeing professionals appreciate it because they know of the moon’s influence on our emotional and physical wellbeing.  Astrologers can’t do without it because they find daily planetary positions, aspects and interpretations without turning on an electronic device. Pagans and white witches love the Moontime Diary because a detailed ‘Wheel of the Year’ helps them prepare their celebrations.

Next year, we are inspired by Lily Moses beautiful cover and Johfra’s full colour zodiac illustrations. And! US Astrologer Larry Schwimmer (Huffington Post) contributed five pertinent relationship questions for each zodiac sign. Find out the answers and you definitely know how compatible you are.

Spoil yourself and others and put some goodness into your life with the Moontime Diary 2016.  

Ask in your favourite Book – New Age and Health Food Stores or purchase online: www.moontimediary.com.au

re Watch A Human Being Emerge From A Cocoon!

If you haven't read my recent blog post, 'Watch A Human Being Emerge From A Cocoon!' you'll find it here. It's attracted a few comments, including this very moving one...

Hi Liliane,

I’ve read with interest your recent article.

I want to give you feedback – not exactly as you’ve asked ... about what you do ... instead I want to give you feedback on who you are, in my opinion.

One thing comes to mind:  “I liked you even before I met you”.

In my opinion, my cousin, June Smith, is a very good judge of character, and I feel anyone she’s impressed with and inspired by, must be pretty impressive and inspirational, indeed.  

Some time ago, June spoke of her creative writing teacher.  As June spoke about her teacher, June’s face became even more animated, and she seemed to become illuminated from within.  I could see in her actions and hear in her voice the admiration she felt for her teacher.  Her whole energy seemed to shift to a lighter plane when describing things that happened in class and the enjoyment she was getting from both the classes and the process of creative writing.  

When I first met you at a CCCI event, I was drawn in by your crystal clear unguarded eyes, your colourful speaking style of combining light and shade all while maintaining clear annunciation (an elocution teacher would be proud) and your engaging story.  There is also an air about you of confidence, expertise and humility.  It’s a captivating combination, and one I got to see at greater length when we met up for coffee.

And, of course months later, I worked out the connection ~ that you are in fact June’s teacher.  Yes.  I can see why June continues to be so inspired.

I realise this isn’t exactly what you’re after, but I hope these words can join you in the cocoon and may you keep some of these traits I’m sure many others find inspirational too.

I look forward to reading future developments from within and beyond your cocoon.

Sincerely,

Trish

- Thank you, Trish. I feel doubly blessed, this being a double endorsement.

Me on Business, Writing, Health, and More

I was interviewed three times over the last month:

• by Anthony Turner from Business Success Radio - link coming soon.

• by Christopher Drummond from Organic Health in South Africa - link coming soon.

• by Life Coach Roslyn Higgins, of Divine Money Matters: Interview here.

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The Mastery Club Tip of the Month

"If you tell somebody stories about high achievement just before they perform some test or exercise, they will perform better than if you had not told them those stories. If you merely use the words, 'succeed', 'master', and 'achieve' in a sentence, they will do better."

- David Brooks, The Social Animal – A Story of How Success Happens

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