|I Caught it - It's mine|
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Some children are god at taking exams and some find them so stressful that they do comparatively badly.
Saturday, 18 April 2015
“Anonymous” recently left a comment on my post "Escaping from the Box – The Dartington Experience" which has made me think what my stay at Dartington taught me. “A” (for short) wrote:
This is an interesting account of the 'different' experiences of one British school child the 50's. Although Dartington must have provided a fantastic escape for many such as yourself, as with all schools, and particularly those of the 'progressive variety', I think you will also find many detractors, and knowing human beings, as I now do, after 57 years of life, I am certain that not all forms of 'bullying' would have been non-existent at any time in the school's life. What interests me most is what happened at, and to Dartington School in its final few years, which I believe probably indicates the experiment should never have been started in the first place?
Monday, 13 April 2015
When you have reached the age of 77, as I have, the flesh and blood box in which you are trapped regularly reminds you that you have passed your “Best Before” date and are approaching your final “Sell By” date. You also are aware that there are so many things you would like to do and there is not enough time or energy left to do more than a few of them. If you start worrying about it you can get stressed and as a result even less gets done. The last thing I intend to do is end up as a couch potato watching the TV all day.
A bad spell over the last few months meant that this blog dried up – but the cheerful Spring weather has revitalized me. At least my plans to keep physically fit are going well. In the last 12 months I have lost nearly 15kg through eating sensibly - no formal diet – just a bigger variety of healthy foodstuffs, smaller portions, less between meal nibbles, and regular exercise.
I also need to keep my brain active and I am combining my walks with photography – using the activities of the Tring Camera Club as a framework for new ideas. So to compliment “Trapped by the Box” I plan a weekly post “Captured by the Camera”. These postings will act as a kind of metronome – as between each one I will try and include at least one posting related to CODIL, evolution, or brain research and another on the ways we, and society as a whole, are trapped in mental boxes of many different kinds.