This is a reblog from Lenny Says
His name is Joshua Feuerstein. Joshua must believe he’s an absolute genius because it took just three minutes for him to destroy hundreds of years of work by biological scientists.
That three minutes of assumed genius is contained in this video posted on his Facebook page.
The reality off course is that Joshua is a monumental ass. He preaches a very dangerous ideology that will wreck the future lives of potentially tens of thousands of children by tainting their education with pure unadulterated bullshit. Joshua wants science to be kept out of our classrooms….
Source: Lenny Says Read more & check out that video.
This guy belongs in a psychiatric hospital, oh wait, psychiatry is a science… he won’t believe he’s there.
His drivel about the word universe, for example, suits his needs; he made it up. In fact universe comes from the Latin universum – un, uni (the combining form of unus, or “one”) with vorsum, versum (a noun made from the perfect passive participle of vertere, meaning “something rotated, rolled, changed”
Get the straight jacket.
I have had the luck to access some of my posts from the original blogspot version of They say it’s in the Genes.
This is a reblog from April 2011 in response to a news paper article.
Teen Pregnancy, Shocking!
Well, it surprises me that most of the world think so.
Pregnancy is something that women do (with some help, of course) and in the main they do it rather well. Furthermore they have been doing it for a very very long time; as long as man has been around, in fact.
Looking rather obtusely at the condition the whole process was designed rather beautifully by Mother Nature in her infinite wisdom. The process, as we all know begins with puberty, Mother Nature has seen fit to decide when people are ready to procreate, but man in his “equally infinite wisdom” (or so he thinks) has decided that for teens to get pregnant is shocking. Man, apparently, knows better than Mother Nature.
If we look at what we have become as a society, we find the answer. Man has twisted the world so badly by our various religious beliefs that we have lost sight of how to be humans. We concentrate on education (except sex) so that we can be successful. You cannot be educated if you are pregnant, oh no, that would raise the ugly spectre of sex in schools and colleges, so throughout modern times we have extended the taboos created by the Victorian era and subsequent years where pregnancy was the most shockingly shameful of events that could happen to a girl. Shocking to whom? Shameful to whom? Man, that’s who!
It is society that finds the idea of teen pregnancy so dreadful. I put it to you that our attitudes towards it are shocking, and in fact quite sick.
Various native peoples around the planet find the idea quite natural, mostly ones that haven’t been tainted by religion. They are unencumbered by the need to be “educated,” apart from tribal law handed down from mother to daughter, father to son, and the ‘witchdoctors’ and shamans to all.
“But they are heathens!” you cry.
I put it too you they are not heathens. They are the ones who are right, it is the civilised world that are the heathens and heretics of Mother Nature’s design.
I recently read an article on the web on teen pregnancy, and the opening gambit was the question; “What causes teenage pregnancy?” In my view if they need to use this as their opening, then they shouldn’t even be writing on the subject. I’m not talking about the actual act of copulation, rather, I refer to teenage pregnancy is caused by teens following their natural impulses to procreate with one they love, respect or care for, or simply because the girl says “yes.” I am not even disussing rape here, that’s entirely another issue.
One of the aspects that we as adults find shocking is that teens are able to make a decision when we don’t consider them to be emancipated for such until they are in their twenties and safely married.
My views were coloured some years ago by something my stepdaughter said to me. I had been out of the country for nine months and on my return, I found her to have a boy friend somewhat older. Her mother appeared to have no objection, although I was quite shocked by the idea; and one day I asked her, why don’t you find a boy your own age (14 at the time), her reply; “I don’t want a boy!” was quite emphatic, I shut up I was out of my depth. They eventually married soon after, and she became pregnant two years later at 16 and had a son. That was all 15 years ago, she never had any more children and they are still married. So who is to say they were wrong.
It is the civilised world that has made her a statistic instead of a person. It is society that has made her life ‘dirty.’
I am not proposing that every girl who has passed through puberty rush out and get pregnant, but rather to let nature take its course in the natural order of things and that man should stop interferring as he has done with everything else on the planet and created the polluted, economic, debauched shambles we have today. We are reaping what we have sown.
The emphasis we place on education is misdirected. We have lost sight that we need to educate humans not corporate robots devoid of any humanity. It is the adult world that is at fault because we don’t prepare our offspring to meld life and the society we have become.
Religion, its subsequent requirement of marriage and our own reluctance/inability to see teenagers as living, thinking, breathing, fully functional human beings are the problem, not pregnant teenagers.
When I see the words “teenage pregnancy” (among other phrases not related to sex) I shudder and think how we have stuffed things up, how we have twisted what was meant to be, who have we become, what right have we to change Mother Nature’s design, what gives us the audacity to even consider that we know better?
Reblogged from: The Adventures of Fanny P.
This is something every parent needs to read. And no, I didn’t write it. It was written by a Pre-School Teacher who shall remain anonymous…
“I was on a parenting bulletin board recently and read a post by a mother who was worried that her 4 1/2 year old did not know enough. “What should a 4 year old know?” she asked.
Most of the answers left me not only saddened but pretty soundly annoyed.
One mom posted a laundry list of all of the things her son knew. Counting to 100, planets, how to write his first and last name, and on and on. Others chimed in with how much more their children already knew, some who were only three. A few posted URL’s to lists of what each age should know. The fewest yet said that each child develops at his own pace and not to worry.
It bothered me greatly to see these mothers responding to a worried mom by adding to her concern, with lists of all the things their children could do that hers couldn’t.
We are such a competitive culture that even our pre-schoolers have become trophies and bragging rights. Childhood shouldn’t be a race.
So here, I offer my list of what a 4 year old should know.
She should know that she is loved wholly and unconditionally, all of the time.
He should know that he is safe and he should know how to keep himself safe in public, with others, and in varied situations. He should know that he can trust his instincts about people and that he never has to do something that doesn’t feel right, no matter who is asking. He should know his personal rights and that his family will back them up.
She should know how to laugh, act silly, be goofy and use her imagination. She should know that it is always okay to paint the sky orange and give cats 6 legs.
He should know his own interests and be encouraged to follow them. If he could care less about learning his numbers, his parents should realize he’ll learn them accidentally soon enough and let him immerse himself instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud.
She should know that the world is magical and that so is she. She should know that she’s wonderful, brilliant, creative, compassionate and marvellous. She should know that it’s just as worthy to spend the day outside making daisy chains, mud pies and fairy houses as it is to practice phonics. Scratch that– way more worthy.
But more important, here’s what parents need to know.
That every child learns to walk, talk, read and do algebra at his own pace and that it will have no bearing on how well he walks, talks, reads or does algebra.
That the single biggest predictor of high academic achievement and high ACT scores is reading to children. Not flash cards, not workbooks, not fancy preschools, not blinking toys or computers, but mom or dad taking the time every day or night (or both!) to sit and read them wonderful books.
That being the smartest or most accomplished kid in class has never had any bearing on being the happiest. We are so caught up in trying to give our children “advantages” that we’re giving them lives as multi-tasked and stressful as ours. One of the biggest advantages we can give our children is a simple, carefree childhood.
That our children deserve to be surrounded by books, nature, art supplies and the freedom to explore them. Most of us could get rid of 90% of our children’s toys and they wouldn’t be missed, but some things are important– building toys like lego and blocks, creative toys like all types of art materials (good stuff), musical instruments (real ones and multicultural ones), dress up clothes and books, books, books. (Incidentally, much of this can be picked up quite cheaply at thrift shops.) They need to have the freedom to explore with these things too– to play with scoops of dried beans in the high chair (supervised, of course), to knead bread and make messes, to use paint and play dough and glitter at the kitchen table while we make supper even though it gets everywhere, to have a spot in the yard where it’s absolutely fine to dig up all the grass and make a mud pit.
That our children need more of us. We have become so good at saying that we need to take care of ourselves that some of us have used it as an excuse to have the rest of the world take care of our kids. Yes, we all need undisturbed baths, time with friends, sanity breaks and an occasional life outside of parenthood. But we live in a time when parenting magazines recommend trying to commit to 10 minutes a day with each child and scheduling one Saturday a month as family day. That’s not okay! Our children don’t need Nintendos, computers, after school activities, ballet lessons, play groups and soccer practice nearly as much as they need US. They need fathers who sit and listen to their days, mothers who join in and make crafts with them, parents who take the time to read them stories and act like idiots with them. They need us to take walks with them and not mind the .1 MPH pace of a toddler on a spring night. They deserve to help us make supper even though it takes twice as long and makes it twice as much work. They deserve to know that they’re a priority for us and that we truly love to be with them.”
I have often alluded to a serious collapse in social structure. Particularly concerned that each successive generation parents are forgetting how to be parents.
It has been obvious to me for the last two, if not three, generations. That’s 40 – 60 years, from the 1970s on. Parents have abdicated their responsibilities in the pursuit of pleasure and/or the necessity to earn enough to live.
The impact is really being seen now, and the seriousness is much worse than I had ever imagined, in fact it is bordering on horrific.
This mornings article on BBC News clearly demonstrates the impact today.
Children ‘already two years behind at start of school’
Children from the poorest homes risk becoming an “educational underclass”, starting school in nappies and behaving like toddlers, says research from the Centre for Social Justice.
The think tank says there are four-year-olds so far behind that they do not know their own names and have the social skills of a two-year-old.
The report says an “abysmal” start in life leaves pupils unready for school.
A head teacher told researchers of parents who “just can’t be bothered”.
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) study was produced by a panel of educationalists, chaired by Sir Robin Bosher of the Harris academy federation.
It warns of children who arrive at school already far behind their classmates and who are too immature to begin learning lessons.
“In one school, some children at four years old are developmentally nearer to two when they start school,” says Sir Robin.
This means that children need to be helped to catch up as quickly as possible, he says, which, rather than learning formal lessons, might be about being taught to use a knife and fork or to improve very poor language skills.
Even after a year these pupils might still not be able to recognise that words are read from left to right, says the report.
These children have had such little experience of being sociable with others that they hurt other children and adults, says Sir Robin.
A head teacher told the researchers: “In the last three years we have had to toilet-train children who came to school in nappies at age five. Parents ask me how we managed to do it. Many of them just can’t be bothered, they think it’s our responsibility to do it for them.”
They also described children at school who “don’t even have the concentration to talk and say an answer in any kind of sentence”.
The study talks of the impact of family breakdown on children and how much they can be damaged by instability in their home life.
The lack of a male role model in families is also described as a factor affecting pupils’ behaviour.
“Emotional neglect” from disengaged parents is also a damaging factor for children’s development, says the study. There are also 700,000 children living with parents who are “dependent drinkers” and 335,000 with “dependent drug users”.
An unnamed head teacher told researchers that the label of special educational needs might be “often used as an excuse for low expectations and under-preparation on the part of parents”.
The report warns that falling behind at the very beginning of school can be the starting point for permanent disadvantage.
“These children are starting school drastically behind the levels of development expected of their age,” says the report.
The report highlights the particularly low attainment of white, working-class boys.
So what is the solution.
It’s a case of pissing into the wind to start only with these kids, they are already disadvantaged almost beyond recuperation. Of course work needs to be done with them, but we really need go go back and teach the current grandparents how they should have been parents, and then tackle the current generation of parents.
It has to be a parallel process, or it will fail again.
There are sectors in the current population that have to undergo social re-eduction, corrective eduction. I don’t use the term rehabilitation here, because rehabilitation implies that they were ‘habilitated’ in the first place; obviously, they were not.
There will be large numbers who deny this, deny that this is their problem, but surely they will be the worst cases and the crux of the problem.
What do we do if they refuse to participate?
We have to take a very hard line, if you don’t participate then all government support (which is part of the problem) stops. The consequences will be disastrous, families will become homeless, children malnourished, reduced longevity and higher death rates.
The major factor, as I see it, is the government support. This government support has produced generations of people who don’t know how to survive without a crutch to lean on.
Government agencies should be concentrating on weaning people off government assistance, teaching people how to survive on their own. The problem that has now evidenced itself is our inheritance of successive governments meddling in social affairs, attempting to manipulate the people. If we don’t change the paradigm, it will only worsen.
It has been a terrifying social experiment that has gone terribly wrong.
We are now suffering the consequences.