Life is a Celebration / You are One With the Universal Mind / Electric Cars / Friday Trip: Modern Art Museum

         In the face of EACH creature                                I see my Creator.

Our acts
of Human kindness
bring God’s presence
into our World.

In our search
for Truth,
Ultimate Truth,
we may one day discover
that the Love
felt deeply within
our Human Heart
IS
the very
presence of God.

Love
is a description of God,
because
God is Love.
This is what He is,
and what
He will always be.

Whoever does not Love
does not know God,
because God is Love.”
1 John 4:8

                                I am alive.

To proclaim
that I am alive
in every moment,
is
to absolutely know
that God is with you
each and every
day.

In that existential
time,
you will know
you are not
alone.
And this knowledge
can Enrich your Life
and Ennoble
death.

The shadow
of who you are
can never

  reflect a lighter shade of pale,
if you choose
to Live,
giving all
you can give.

Stand up
for the Miracle you are.
Live in the Faith
God has in You.
And follow the Dream
that lies ahead,
the Dream
God has for
YOU.

Immortality
awaits me and you.

  But the Vision and the Fire
of Life
is a Dream
yet unfulfilled.

                  Enrich your Life and Ennoble death.

Only
a free person
has the strength
to benefit
Humanity.
And
only a strong person
has the freedom
to free
others.

These attributes
emanate from
profound intellectual rigor,
suppleness of mind
and audacious
courage,
to loudly proclaim:
“I shall not
Live my Life
in vain.”

                             You are not alone.

Our History
offers glimpses of great
Heroism and Dignity,
which illuminate
the Human condition.
These moments
are precious in Time.
THEY
must be shared.

Do not be
inaccessible.
YOU
are what your child
truly possesses.
Ultimately,
you will be what,
in memory,
remains.

Open wide
the Heart.
The great Love
contained within
can only cast
a mere shadow,
if inside
you are burdened,
thinking,
“I am only
me”.

No.
YOU are every generation,
this day
and yesterday,
and all
there is to be,
from the beginning
of our Creation,
to the end.
You are
everyone
you know
or will ever meet.
YOU
are the greatest Gift
your child
will inherit,
or ever, ever see.

You
are the overarching
Miracle of Creation,
the all encompassing
Perfection
of Universal physical law,
reflect of the ALL powerful
Creative Force
that brought you
into Being.

God
has truly Blessed you,
far, far beyond Belief.

        You are the overarching Miracle of Creation

My Friends,
we find Compassion
in the Knowledge
of God’s Eternal Embrace.
And we find Refuge
in the Shelter of God’s
Loving Grace.

This Love,
the Love of God
that dwells within,
is the Divine birthright
of ever generation
that ever was,
and remains.

Parents
are the instruments
of God
used to bring Life
into Being.
And our mission
is to parent with
God
in perfecting
the Beautiful Work
of His Creation.

Life
is a celebration,
a revolution,
a Divine Revelation.

Goodnight.

“Life in ALL its
forms,
is Sacred;
in the face
of EACH creature
I see my
Creator.”
– Rabi Lawrence Kushner

            Life, in ALL its forms, is Sacred.

They say that when a man is born
– the sky is falling Soul
and breaks into two parts.
One part goes to the women
and one for men.
The meaning of Life
is to find the other half.
Catches of his own soul.”

Anna Aisha

                  YOU are what your child possesses.

You are One With the Universal Mind

By Tania Kotsos
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There is a single, intelligent Consciousness
that pervades the entire Universe
– the Universal Mind.
It is all knowing, all powerful, all creative and always present.
As it is present everywhere at the same time,
it follows that it must also be present in you
– that it is you.
Your mind is part of the one Universal Mind.
This is not simply a philosophical ideal
passed down to us through the ages.
It is an exact scientific truth.
Know it, believe it, apply it
and you will see your life transform
in miraculous ways.

Albert Einstein told us that “everything is energy”;
that “a human being is a part of the whole
called by us [the] Universe”.
His words echoed the most ancient of Spiritual and philosophical teachings and still underpin today’s
cutting-edge scientific discoveries.

The Universal Mind goes by many names.
In the scientific world we know of the Unified Field,
in spiritual philosophy we refer to The All or Universal Consciousness and in religion we call upon God,
who Himself goes by many names.
The name is relevant only in so far
as it resonates with you.

Whichever way you cut it,
you come to this one unavoidable conclusion:
there is but One Consciousness
of which your consciousness must be a part
and “a part”,
as Charles Haanel said,
“must be the same in kind and quality as the whole,
the only difference being one of degree”.

The nature of the Universal Mind
is Omniscience (all knowing),
Omnipotence (all powerful),
Omnificence (all creative)
and Omnipresence (always present).

Know
that this too is
your nature.

This week in Philosophy:
What Dreams May Come:
a story of LOVE and devotion
that transcends the bonds
of Time.

ELECTRIC CARS
from revelationforex.com
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Dyson, the engineering company best known for its vacuum cleaners and fans, plans to spend £2bn developing a “radical” electric car.

The battery-powered vehicle is due to be launched in 2020.

Dyson says 400 staff have been working on the secret project for the past two years at its headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

However, the car does not yet exist, with no prototype built, and a factory site is yet to be chosen.

Sir James declined to give further details of the project. “Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we must do everything we can to keep the specifics of our vehicle confidential,” he told staff in an email.

Important points that are undecided or secret include the firm’s expected annual production total, the cost of the car, or its range or top speed.

Sir James said about £1bn would be spent on developing the car, with another £1bn on making the battery.
Analysis: Richard Westcott, BBC transport correspondent

It was a slightly unusual launch, but then, Sir James Dyson likes to be different.

In a small room above his swanky London shop he told us about his vision for a clean car.

First up, we were treated to an old clip of Blue Peter, from the 90s, where Anthea Turner interviewed him about his new device to clean soot from the exhaust of diesel vehicles… it was the cyclone from his vacuum cleaner, put to a different use.

“That is how long I have wanted to do this,” he told us.

In fact he first hatched the idea in the late 1980s.

Since then, he has developed motors and batteries and now he is able to bring all that expertise together in a new, electric car.

He promised that it will be radical and different, because, as he put it, what is the point of making it like any other car?

And he promised that it will not be cheap.

I did ask how much it would be to put down a deposit… he told me he would have to think about it.

Further development work will take place at a former RAF base at Hullavington in Wiltshire, where staff will move to in February.

Sir James also said that his firm’s car would look “radical and different”, but will not be aimed at the mass market.

The motor is designed and ready to go, he said, but the firm is still designing the car.

Dyson’s decision means it is joining the rush within the global car industry to develop and make electric cars.

Some manufacturers such as Nissan, Tesla, Renault, BMW and Hyundai already manufacture them.

Others such as VW, Volvo, Mercedes, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover have announced plans to sell electric or hybrid versions of their existing petrol and diesel engine ranges.

VW, for instance, plans to spend 20bn euros (£17.5bn) by 2030 to develop its battery powered vehicles.

Sir James said he had been interested since 1990 in developing filtration technology to stop vehicle diesel emissions polluting the environment.

But as the motor industry had shown no interest in adopting this idea, he would instead join the fast-growing trend to make electric vehicles.
Analysis: Theo Leggett, BBC business correspondent

The electric car market is growing rapidly, but it is also about to become a lot more crowded.

Within the next few years, many new models are due to come on to the market, including Jaguar’s Ipace, Porsche’s Mission E, Volkswagen’s I.D. family and Mercedes’ EQ range. Tesla also has big plans for its recently launched Model 3.

They will be joining established models such as the Nissan Leaf, the BMW i3, the Renault Zoe and the Tesla Model S.

Dyson clearly sees an opportunity here. As new designs become available, and prices come down, more consumers will be willing to try electric vehicles.

Policymakers, concerned about air pollution, want them to do just that.

The big question is whether Dyson can muscle in on territory that the major manufacturers are already trying to make their own. And let’s not forget Google’s designs on the electric/self-driving market.

Tesla was able to build a new car brand from scratch, but only by producing a design which effectively moved the goalposts and changed people’s expectations of what an electric car could provide.

If Dyson wants to play with the big boys, it may have to pull off a similar trick.

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What It Means To Be Human / Doss Cultural Heritage Center

We are in awakening times.

It was a tearful goodbye to Sia Yoo, visiting student from Korea.

It was a tearful goodbye to Sia Yoo, visiting student from Korea.     We love you Sia!

If we, the essence of humanity, can somehow manage to survive past the time when we would self-destruct, past that moment when we could eliminate such things as the hyper-ego of possessing nuclear weapons, then another new world could reveal itself.

This existence, this self-awareness, would evolve into another dimension of our own making. It would become what only our imaginations, our deepest desires and our dreams could conceive. It would be beyond our current understanding of ourselves, of what today makes us human and beyond any current reality. But the first step in the next phase of our evolution requires an awareness of who we are – what it means to be human.

So let’s explore our unbelievable presence of being or . . . . . . not being.

More than 90% of the cells in our bodies are non-human.

According to a recent National Institutes of Health estimate, 90% of cells in the human body are bacterial, fungal, or otherwise non-human. Since the inception of the Human Microbiome Project, dozens of research teams have gathered data which redefine what it means to be human. Bacteria regularly engage in “shape shifting” between forms. The bacteria in our bodies harbor millions of genes, compared with only 20,000 estimated in the human genome. To say that you are outnumbered is a massive understatement.

According to researcher, Jennifer Loveland-Curtze, “Microbes comprise up to one-third or more of the Earth’s biomass”. Click here to read article. These bacteria form a diverse and complex ecosystem with a total gene pool (microbiome) more than 100 times larger than the human genome — in effect we are hybrid superorganisms. SIGN stock show 054Every human body harbors about 100 trillion bacterial cells, outnumbering human cells 10 to one. Human beings are not really individuals; they’re communities of organisms,’ says microbiologist Margaret McFall-Ngai. Humans Carry More Bacterial Cells than Human Ones.

You are more bacteria than you are you, according to the latest body census. click here to read more. Humans Have Ten Times More Bacteria Than Human Cells. Click here for more information.

Now, while keeping in mind just how much of you is not really you, please give consideration to this:

We are almost non-existent inside our Mother’s womb. The human body is about 97% water in the early stage of life (leaving 3% that constitutes what can be considered – us) and 90% at birth. The water content in the body of a grown-up person decreases to about 60% (Thank you, burgers & fries!).

And amazingly, only 1 percent of the water on planet Earth is fresh water that sustains our life, 97 percent is saltwater (almost identical to us, early in life) ; 2 percent is water frozen in glaciers, until it is released in a few years, after we have converted the remaining trillions of gallons of oil into heat in our beloved automobiles.

          The substance of the universe is consciousness.

Mason loves optical illusions

Mason loves optical illusions, which become real when he observes them. Prior to that time they are an illusion of illusions.

According to current research in particle physics, an atom only appears in a particular place if you observe it or measure it (remember, you are made of atoms). An atom is spread out all over the place, until a conscious observer decides to look at it. So an act of observation, or measurement, creates the entire universe. Click here for video.

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The nature of reality can be examined through the study of illusion.

An electron is not anywhere, until we decide to look. When we stop looking, the electron is everywhere (which is a good description of the Omnipresence (everywhere present) of God as found in the Old Testament (in Jeremiah 23:24 God declares, “Do I not fill heaven and earth?”)

Saffy is still our gal for President. She will look Great in the Oval Dog House!

Saffy is still our gal for President. She will look Great in the Oval Dog House! Presidents have typically landed in a dog house.

Matter does not exist.

The concept of substance arose from the philosophy of Aristotle. And from that concept came science’s conception of matter. But the substance of the universe is, in fact, consciousness. And each component of the Infinite is an effect of consciousness. Hang in there, it gets deeper – much deeper.

A Buddhist koan tells us, ‘…it is not ever the wind blowing or a flag we see moving – it is only Mind that moves.’ Nothing is true and everything is true because everything is Mind (or forms of Mind materialized).

The world is our bodyit is as we are.  For example, trees are one half of our lungs. They give off oxygen and we contribute carbon dioxide formed in respiration- we breathe in and they breathe out. Folks, we are truly one with the universe. How we regard other people and the events we perceive is a matter of “I” projecting what it believes the experience of ‘the other’ to be a mirroring of Imagination. Ideas sparkling in the light of consciousness, bounced back from holographic reflections of Being.

Townes shows Alden how things stack up.

Townes shows Alden how things stack up.

If you think you are confused, you may not be the you, you think you are, to be confused. In order to be confused you must be conscious of being confused, not just confused, which, when you think about it, is confusing.

What we sense as past, present or future occurs as simultaneous ‘time.’

Your reality, which includes you, is blinking constantly on and off at all times. Quantum physics has left scientists all over the world baffled, especially with the discovery that our physical material reality, isn’t really physical at all.  We, and all other matter, come into and out of existence billions of times each second.

Our human brain is designed by natural experience (in order to survive), to sense the “on” frequency. Just as quickly, it blinks “off,” and everything disappears. However, your brain registers and connects only the “on” segments, and thus you have the sense or feeling of your reality being solid.??????????????????????????????? What quantum mechanics reveals is that there is no true “physicality” in the universe, that atoms are made of focused vorticies of energy – miniature tornadoes that are constantly popping into and out of existence. This revelation, that reality comes from a holistic entanglement of immaterial energy waves, stems from the work of Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Werner Heisenberg.  ???????????????????????????????

Reality is an illusion.

At the turn of the ninetieth century, physicists started to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter. In doing so, the belief that a physical, Newtonian material universe that was at the very heart of scientific knowing was dropped, and the realization that matter is nothing but an illusion replaced it. Scientists began to recognize that everything in the Universe is made out of energy. Scientific evidence clearly shows the connections between consciousness and what we call reality and how these can no longer be denied. Click her for more.

Reality is a hologram creation.

A good example of this is when you go to the movies (to see a “motion” picture”, which is not one continuous movement that you view with your eyes. Instead, there are frames of action strung together and projected one after the other at a fast speed – 24 frames per second used as a standard in movies. In the early history of motion pictures, in 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumière introduced the Cinématographe, a projector that could show 16 frames per second. And in their public cinema, audiences were spellbound by the films of simple movement and action.

Today, that is pretty much a child’s toy when compared to MIT’s new hardware which can record at 1,000,000,000,000 frames per second. Fast enough to capture slow motion footage of light waves. Yes, an unbelievable Trillion Frames Per Second Camera Captures Light itself in Motion. Click here to view demonstration video.

The human brain connects the individual frames into one continuous movement. Yes, very vivid reflections of our hopes, dreams, and imagination are passing through your eyes at 24 frames per second when you behold the “magic” of a motion picture. A new reality is created in your mind, when your mind observes and becomes conscious of the illusion projected toward you. You can become so taken with the emotion directed at you that you lose track of what you consider to be reality.

The key first step in understanding what it means to be human is awareness.

I believe that the essence of human life is due to mankind being a spiritual being. We are made in the image of a Spiritual Being. And He is still the Lord of Creation. And what He creates is often through us. What a wonderful expression of love – for mankind to be endowed with such a gift as to become a lord of creation, with all the potential for good.

So often we find in the beautifully crafted and insightful words of poets and philosophers the essence of our being, the simplicity of understanding and truth.

As the poet, Fernando Pessoa, who in speaking of the soul of Portugal, speaks to the humanity in us all:

“What are you waiting to find in me. Haven’t you seen in all I wrote what makes me a man? What I ascetically preserved for you after my death. Reality needs me not. I feel great joy in considering that death is not important at all. Consecrate the word of the person I am, a whole person, a man of soul. That aside, I bear inside me, all the dreams of the world. God gave the peril and the abyss to the sea. But in it, He reflected the Heavens”.

“Sad the man, who lives at home, content with his hearth, without a dream, whose fluttering wing, makes the embers glow redder, in the warm fire to be abandoned.

He lives because life endures. Nothing in his soul is telling him, more than a root can teach. . . Let the vision in his soul subdue blind forces.

I lack the divine simplicity of being only what I appear to be.”

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“We worship perfection because we can’t have it;
if we had it, we would reject it.
Perfection is inhuman,
because humanity is imperfect.”     ― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Yes, the spiritual essence of being so human, so brilliantly imperfect, is inherent within us and it compels us to listen generously and compassionately to others rather than being judgmental. Our spirituality is the essence of who we are. And, like breathing, it is essential to human existence.

What we consider to be us may truly be an illusion, and an imperfect one. But the love we feel for one another is palpable, capable of being felt; tangible, real. In fact, it may be the only reality.

Perhaps, the illusion of being exists for a reason. Our reason for being, or the illusion it presents, may exist to construct a new and elevated dimension – a world so real it serves to resurrect within us the profound love that gave us life – a love beyond being, beyond mere existence – a love so profound that it moves our reality toward the light of God’s Love. One day the union of our love, with that of our Father in Heaven, may blossom into the Light of Eternal Life.

My friends, we are simply not capable of knowing everything. But it appears that the realms of science and theology are rapidly merging. They are, like everything else in the universe, becoming one. The human spirit is the very essence of life in a human being. And knowledge of this can amplify the joy of living and bring about spiritual freedom.

You are a spiritual being having a human experience. Your infinite capacity to create, to love, to dream, to forgive and to be aware that you are far more than you can ever imagine, ultimately defines what it means to be human. You are the most beautiful and miraculous creation in the universe. And you are eternal.

OUR  TRIP  FOR  THIS  FRIDAY

On Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 we will leave from the school at 9:00 a.m. sharp (o.k., maybe not sharp, hopefully not dull) to caravan to the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford. The Mission of the Doss Heritage and Culture Center is to collect, preserve and exhibit the heritage of Parker County and Texas. The Museum offers Parker County’s rich tapestry of cattle barons and cowboys. Broadway and television stars, chuck wagons and stagecoaches shared and showcased in galleries that are truly awe-inspiring and reflects all that is Parker County.

Our docent guided tour will begin at 10:00 a.m. Following our tour we will dine at the Whistle Hill Cafe and then return to the Anderson School. Pickup will be at the school at 3:00 p.m. PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS are always invited to participate on Friday.

Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended for activities on this day.

FINANCIAL: Admission: $3.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors (60 years and older or you look roughed up by children like Dr. A), $3.00 Students, Children under 6 and Members FREE

GIFT SHOP: Yes!

LUNCH: We will dine at the delightful Whistle Hill Cafe. The DOSS CENTER is located at 1400 Texas Drive in Weatherford.

Directions from Fort Worth: From Interstate 20 west take exit 408 onto service road, turn right onto Texas Drive off service road. Proceed past shopping center on the left, through the four way stop at Austin Elementary. Go approx. 2 blks north on Texas Drive and the Doss Center will be on the left, on the corner of Texas Drive and Park.

We will learn about the famous cowboys who made Texas a name known throughout the country. Rugged men and women who brought the cattle to market by driving them along trails to market forever cementing themselves in the annals of Texas history.

The Trail Drivers exhibit opened to the public last year. The cattle drives of Texas represent a critical period in the history of Texas. The drives helped the Texas economy recover and thrive after the Civil War. This exhibition tells the story of longhorn cattle drives and highlights the stories of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. Parker County played an integral role in this legacy. We will learn about Charles Goodnight’s Chuck wagon design and how Loving’s body was returned to Weatherford after he met his untimely death on the trail.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Feb. 1  DEPOSITS  WERE  DUE for 2014-15
Feb. 17 (Monday) President’s Day Holiday
Mar. 11 – 15 Spring Break Holidays
April 18 & 21 (Mon. & Fri.) – Easter Holidays
April 29  –  Scarborough Festival & Shakespeare Competition
May 1Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) – Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at the   Stage West Theater
May 20 to 23 – Adventure Trip

Emergency Telephone Number: 682-777-1908

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Cures That Are So Simple

Our dog, Kirby, is now on our staff and greets people, teaches and mooches.

Our much loved dog, Kirby,     is now on our staff and greets people and teachers.

Have you read some of the latest research on disorders such as MS?

Mayo Clinic neurologist, Dr. Jerry W. Swanson, reports on studies conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford and the New Jersey Medical School. These studies tell us that maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D has a protective effect and lowers the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). Another study conducted in the Netherlands at Maastricht University, and other studies, indicate that for people who already have MS, vitamin D may lessen the frequency and severity of their symptoms.

The link between vitamin D and MS is strengthened by the association between sunlight and the risk of MS. The farther away from the equator a person lives, the higher the risk of MS. Sunlight is the body’s most efficient source for vitamin D — suggesting that exposure to sunlight may offer protection from MS.

Today, scientists have concluded that exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) radiation present in sunlight has both beneficial and deleterious effects on human health.The same UV radiation that causes skin diseases can also cure some.

Many diseases and mental disorders are actually caused by a lack of sunlight. In one study the University of Maine found teenage girls are not getting enough vitamin D and as a result, they are at risk for disorders and diseases caused by this nutritional deficiency, including osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Lack of sunlight during the winter months causes a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder or SAD.

Mary Alice can get a little emotional - in a wind tunnel

Mary Alice can get a little emotional – in a wind tunnel.

Lack of sunlight also leads to Rickets and Osteomalacia and an increased susceptibility to a whole spectrum of diseases, such as diabetes. It is known to be associated with various other diseases, ranging from the flu to heart disease and cardiovascular disease.

A lack of awareness about vitamin D deficiency, and the ‘plethora’ of disease it is linked to, is fueling a rise in preventable illnesses among children, according to experts at the Royal College of of Pediatrics and Child Health. The College warned that only one in ten people get enough vitamin D from food and sunlight so supplementation is necessary.

A lack of Vitamin D is associated with a host of autoimmune ailments such as Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroditis. Sunlight also provides resistance power to the skin, by avoiding skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne problems.

And some research finds that it causes 600,000 cancers each year. We now use satellite measurements of sun and cloud cover in various countries, which has led other researchers to point out that increasing levels of vitamin D3 could prevent diseases that claim nearly one million lives each year.

Uh, the uh, seeds were for the birds!

Uh, the uh, seeds were for the birds!

These studies lead me to believe that incarcerating our fellow human beings in prisons, where access to sunlight is denied, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and is, therefore, unconstitutional. Our sins seem to go on and on in silence. The love and compassion of our society is not seemingly shared with those most in need. And we, the members of this society, ultimately pay an unconscionable price for our simple lack of compassion.

By the way, the Institute of Medicine recommends 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D a day for adults ages 19 to 70. The recommendation increases to 800 IUs a day for those who are older.

Did you know that play shapes how the brain is wired. In his book, “Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul”, Dr. Stuart Brown describes both the social and biological benefits of play. More play is associated with the kind of brain development that helps us grasp and make sense of information.

Dr. John Ratey’s work goes further, describing how regular physical activity helps aging adults keep their wits. It’s smart business for parents to join their kids in play.

Dr Ratey suggests that we skip the resolutions this year and just play.

Play will improve a kid’s life. Jill Vialet guarantees it. Vialet, who is emerging as America’s Play Laureate with her new young-adult novel “Recess Rules” has given the world a free guide to games. Vialet founded Playworks.

I read this blog to Saffy. She didn't even pretend to stay awake.

I read this blog to Saffy.          She didn’t even pretend             to stay awake.

My friends, so many of the increasing problems and complications our families face are promulgated by our inability to see past our inability to see. We think we know when, in truth, we really need to stop thinking so much.

I can give you many examples of what I am saying. One which surfaces quickly relates to the thought that has gone into the design of new schools, factories and offices. Have you noticed they are now designed to reduce or eliminate sunlight (or as some educators refer to it (are you sitting down?), distractions. You keep sitting while I get more coffee! Now, reflect upon the absolute necessity for adequate exposure to sunlight and you can envision the damage we are doing, unwittingly, to our beloved children and ourselves.

So stop thinking so much. At least long enough to engage your heart and your God given intuition. Parents, you know what your children need. And their needs are really simplistic. They need love, sunlight, play and to be left alone long enough for them to engage their imaginations and allow all that unnecessary and deadly stress to evaporate from their fragile bodies and minds.

In L.A. this hair cut would cost Michael $200.00.

In L.A. this hair cut would cost Michael at least $200.00. The sugary drink will cost a lot more later in life.

Believe it or not, they need your permission to love life and they need to be told, ever day, that you love them. These are the words they will hear over and over again when they close their eyes to rest their weary minds. They need to be held in your arms so they can feel the warm embrace of God. They need to see you laugh. And they need to see you cry.

Osho reminds us that, “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Yes, your children need to see you cry. They need to share in what has been your joy.

Play, sunshine, in moderation, and love, without moderation.

Now there are truly great new year’s resolutions.

Happy New Year!

The Very Edge of Reason / Modern Art Museum

Rylee meets with her fan club.

Rylee meets with her fan club.

“The human mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with a similar energy.”  
– W. I. Beveridge

We stand at the very edge of reason, entrusting whether anyone can Nobly advance our cause better than we, ourselves.

And the answer is NO. Freedom does not offer advantage to other than the free.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan ignited an avalanche of protest in addressing opposition to his highly valued educational initiative: Common Core State Standards. Opposition to his effort to formulate a highly standardized education has come from parents across this nation. And I understand why!

Well-intended acts can have disastrous results. The road to Hades is paved with good intentions is an idiom or proverb about the difference between what someone intends to do and what they actually do.

Another puppy won the lottery.

Another puppy won the lottery – in the arms of Love.

Such a linear and narrow focus, as promulgated by Secretary Duncan, excessively, immoderately and unduly restricts essential academic freedom and constitutes a sublime form of slavery. Being sublime, it appears elevated or lofty in thought, impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power. But we are rapidly becoming addicted to this assessment syndrome. The heavy hand of government needs to be reconfigured. After all, it is our hand and, in the voting booth, it is far heavier than the adversaries of freedom. We cannot allow our hands to be held, as if tied behind our backs or kept hidden in our pockets. Leave them there and they will lose circulation.

Our freedom is a thing not only of functionality, but of unfathomable beauty – capable of spiraling our intellects and our visions into new dimensions and revealing depths of imagination as yet unknown.

My dear friends, our Honored Dead, buried across battlefields around this world, loved us more than life. But they can no longer stand by your side to defend what is now yours. But you can stand. And you can speak. And you can sing and protest. And you, by the Grace of God and every drop of their precious blood, can act. Their memory is a constant call to arms. And it is a celebration of a cherished gift – that of life itself, embodied in the freedom of thought and the freedom to act.

Scholarship takes a break.

Scholarship takes a break.

America is beautiful. And its beauty resides within you. It is the very beat of your heart. It is the love of your brother and sister that fought so valiantly for you, who lie cradled in the Arms of God and buried deep within our hearts. Such vibrant beauty you can never truly behold. We stand but in the the shadow of the beautiful sunsets of their lives.

So open your eyes. In no other nation on earth will you behold the likeness of such as our precious Liberty. People are struggling to get INTO the United States, not leave. They can see our Liberty more clearly than we.

No, as so many Veterans have shared with me, freedom is not free. It is the costliest possession on earth. If they could but speak they would admonish you to accept it, possess it, treasure it, admire it and, above all, defend it. And pray for all those whose sacrifices have placed it painfully and lovingly into you hands.

My friends, Veterans Day is every day! It is this day and every tomorrow. Let us celebrate it in every act, in every movement and in every moment we walk this earth. And in so doing, do not accept the judgment of others that your child can be categorized, judged, selected and sorted and dictated to. Your precious children must never be assessed by dubious instruments of questionable reliability and quality, funded by corporate and other special entities with their own interests in mind.

Kirby takes a break.

   Kirby takes a break.

Regardless of the jargon related to, “competing with other countries”, please remember that our Great Nation was made as such under the umbrella of an academic freedom that surpasses all understanding. When our highly trained and deeply dedicated professional educators were not tethered to the dictates and artificial constraints of puffed up, egotistical and corporately funded politicians, our schools produced mentally healthy, highly productive and beautifully idealistic graduates, who propelled us to become the wealthiest Nation on the earth and its only superpower.

Our teachers and children were NOT bullied into this achievement. They were enabled through the freedom to be, all they could imagine and all they desired. Freedom is the key to our future. It always was and always will be.

Toss the tests. And, for the sake of our beautiful children, let us rid ourselves of every political figure who pretends to know more that we do. British historian and moralist, Lord Acton, once famously said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

As we pretend to, “leave no child behind”, we are absolutely corrupting our schools.

New dimensions in Philosophy.

Ian expresses a new dimension in Philosophy!

On Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, we will meet at the MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH, 3200 Darnell Street (telephone 817-738-9215) at 10:00 a.m. Do NOT drop your child(ren) off early or without Dr. and Mrs. Anderson present. Our self-guided tour will start at 10:00 a.m. Following this tour we will dine at the museum’s restaurant, Café Modern, at 11:30 a.m. After lunch we will have a docent-guided tour of the special exhibit followed by shopping at the gift store. Pick-up is at 2:30 p.m. at the museum.

Terry Haggerty draws on the vocabulary of abstract art to create his illusory paintings and large-scale wall works. The artist’s central motif is created by painting patterned lines that alternate a light and dark color, such as white and blue. When juxtaposed, these colors play off of each other, appearing to advance and recede as seen in Kinetic Friction – pictured left.

Haggerty applies multiple coats of paint to his works to create sleek and fluid surface patterns. He also changes the direction of the uniformly painted lines at certain points—bending them toward the edges of his canvases or walls, for example, and/or changing the course of their paths at the center of his compositions. By manipulating color and line in this way, Haggerty’s imagery becomes a study in spatial and sensory perception, appearing to hum and even making his two-dimensional paintings appear to be three-dimensional. This combination of serial color and pattern, along with his redirecting of the lines, has a crucial impact on the overall pictorial appearance of the artist’s works. It immediately transforms his simple painted stripes into vibrant and undulating images that seemingly alter space.

We don't explain them, we just train them (Kids & Dogs).

We don’t explain them, we just train them (Kids & Dogs).

The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary international art in the central United States. Various movements, themes, and styles are represented, including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Pop art, and Minimalism, as well as aspects of New Image Painting from the 1970s and beyond, recent developments in abstraction and figurative sculpture, and contemporary photography, video, and digital imagery.

FINANCIAL: No fee for admission. GIFT SHOP: Has fascinating items.
LUNCH: Café Modern is serving contemporary American cuisine. Please provide funds for lunch. One check per table will be provided. A gratuity will be added. Students please order from the Children’s Menu and Observe the POLICIES of the Museum (In other words, do not take the artwork home!)

Uniform pants with a belt, polished shoes & monogrammed shirts required. PARENTS /GUARDIANS NEIGHBORS / SIBLINGS are invited to participate on our trips. EMERGENCY NO: 682-777-1908

Missy is such a camera hog.

Missy is such a camera hog.

IMPORTANT DATES
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving/Fall Break (No school this weak) Ooops! Dr. A apparently was not a strong speller)
Dec. 5-6 Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conf. (No school)
Dec. 13 Museum of Americas (in Weatherford)
Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays (better known as Christmas Holidays)
Jan. 24 Fort Worth Stock Show (In Dr. A’s youth, it was call the FAT stock show. But, he lost a few pounds.)

We visited the Japanese Garden

We enjoyed our visit to the Japanese Garden

Creating Renaissance Men and Women / “Ender’s Game”

The Anderson School is dedicated to creating “Renaissance Men and Women” through a classical education blended with an emphasis upon higher level thinking skills.

Yes, she still sleep there. So make yourself at home!

Yes, she sleeps there still. And her nose still misses the door by, well, a nose!

I have always defined a Renaissance person as one who is capable of doing anything with virtually nothing, which reminds me of starting a private school. But the ideal of the Renaissance Man evolved into a cultural movement that spanned the 14th through the 17th century. It began in Italy and spread to the other countries in Europe. The term Renaissance man or woman refers to a person of many accomplishments – one who has numerous interests and is accomplished in many areas and is well educated, highly cultured, and proficient.

Yes, our children may bring their puppies to school.

Yes, our children bring their puppies to school.

I know it is asking much of ourselves, but it is now necessary to take giant steps back in time.  This is becoming much more apparent, if our children are to survive what is rapidly evolving into an overly complex and incomprehensible future. With drop-out, drug and

This puppy is "Lucky"

Kylie’s puppy is “Lucky”

alcohol addiction and suicide rates so unbelievably high and accelerating, we need to do something different! Folks, we need to do something other than losing the precious lives all around us. Did you know that the top ten jobs that were in demand in 2010 did not exist in 2004. We are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we do not know exists. The U. S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 39. One fourth of our workers have been with their current employer for less than a year. One half have been there less than five years. It is not now possible to predict what specific jobs to prepare for. The future is uncertain and totally unpredictable.

But there is hope, in knowing that our children can be molded and shaped into new, resurrected Renaissance Men and Women, armed with the broad knowledge of a classical liberal arts education and in firm possession of a high self-esteem, garnered from years of joyful living. ucollege.edu/news/2010/01/10/training-jobs-dont-exist

Philippe Arrighi teaches French Language, History and Culture

Philippe Arrighi teaches French Language, History and Culture

There are about 540,000 words in the English language – about five times as many as during Shakespeare’s time (many of them created by William). One week’s worth of news contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a LIFETIME  just two hundred years ago. More new information will be discovered this year than in the previous ten thousand years. Technical knowledge is doubling in less than two years, which translates to a strange phenomenon: it implies that students beginning a four year technical degree will discover that what they learn in their first year of study will, to a great degree, be outdated by the third year of study. In philosophy we recently discussed an astute observation of Albert Einstein,

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

Yes, we enrolled Kylie & her friend.

Yes, we enrolled  Kylie’s friend.

This commentary comes from one of the few people principally responsible for such, “a dangerous place to live”. But his keen discernment is an accurate assessment. We must do something! Even if it involves turning the clock back. So the Anderson family decided to forgo the fads and fancies of corporate driven curriculums, which will become outdated and virtually worthless in less time than it takes for me to find my car in the parking lot of yet another rapidly disappearing and obsolete phenomenon – the shopping Mall. The truth is: everything is becoming outdated and obsolete – even you and I. And the real fear that I have is that our children are in such danger. So what can we do? We need to answer this question, before the mushroom-cloud shaped ghost of Einstein haunts us on a scale that compares favorably to forever.

The solution requires an uncommon measure of common sense. And this must be coupled with the courage only Love unparalleled can provide. In the compassionate wisdom of Leo Buscaglia we find the key:

“When man has love he is no longer at the mercy of forces greater      than himself, for he, himself, becomes the powerful force.”

So let us look deep into our own hearts to find the compassion to be

Dr. A is awake!

Dr. A is awake!

courageous and turn back the clock, so that we may seek salvation for our children – salvation found in the stunningly beautiful minds of those who have come before us. Let us embrace the greatest philosophers and the very best teachers we can find. And these phenomenal beings are found in antiquity. And they, and their truly inspiring ideas and ideals, have been patiently waiting for a long, long time. So close that politically correct, highly controversial and financially inspired state adopted text book and place it where it may never be discovered again (do not use a clay jar – they last too long). I call such dumbed-down objects de-un-art: intellectual pollution. They have been aligned with the priorities of the failed, “No child left behind” fiasco. And, if you know anything about the textbook adoption process, you will have similar sentiments. The truly great and inspiring textbooks have existed for hundreds to thousands of years. So quickly (and I do mean quickly)  travel to another soon-to-be rapidly disappearing outdated technology, the neighborhood bookstore, and blow the dust off of a great play by William Shakespeare or any work by a noted historian or philosopher of glorious times gone by. You shall never regret rediscovering the romantic and beautiful, “Splendor in the Grass” of the world we once knew. And you shall find solutions to problems we will assuredly encounter. Or you can stumble along looking for a pathway covered by the weeds of ignorance and arrogance.

Look! A politically correct tree.

Look! A politically correct tree.

Please feel free to utilize our Anderson School Reading List found under Academics on our website: www.andersonschool.net. These works are classical, philosophical and historical in nature. The knowledge to be gained from them is the foundation for a lifetime of learning. It was compiled with the kind assistance of the highly recommend Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization walsinghamsociety.com, Oxford University and our own teacher of Language Arts, LeVonna Anderson. These Classics of Western Language and Literature are the true textbooks for all time. In our classical liberal arts curriculum, our children have acted in numerous Shakespeare plays, under the direction of noted actor and director, George Rodriguez. They study the great classics of Western civilization, together with the Classical Languages of Greek and Latin, under the guidance of Classics Professor Harry Lacey.

Professor Harry Lacey

Professor Lacey teaches Latin, Greek & Epic Literature.

They are engaged in critical thinking activities, discussion and reasoning with Mrs. Anderson on a daily basis. And they question everything in Philosophy with Dr. Anderson and are tutored in mathematics through calculus. Our goal of producing Renaissance men and women, classical thinkers, is to prepare and arm our children with the vital tools of higher level thinking skills and the wisdom of the ages they will need in an uncertain and dangerous future.” The Classical curriculum offered at the Anderson School is similar to what was offered to previous generations, dating back to that provided the Romans and Greeks. This is, in our not-so-humble opinions, what is needed to be mastered in order to become a true modern day Renaissance Man or Woman. It is what is needed to thrive and, importantly, survive. At the Anderson School our goal is nothing short of salvation.

Believe it or not this is an oil slick on the Caspian Sea (or an eerie message).

Believe it or not this is an oil slick on the Caspian Sea (or an eerie message).

On FRIDAY Nov. 15, 2013

we will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111. At approximately 10:15 a.m. we will travel to the FOOD COURT in the Ridgmar Mall to enjoy lunch. Following a quick lunch, we will walk to the RAVE 13 THEATRE located in the Mall at 2300 Green Oaks Road, telephone (817) 566-0025, to enjoy the highly acclaimed new movie Ender’s Game, (Rating: PG-13, for some violence and intense depiction thematic material) / Run Time: 1 hour. 54 minutes and starting at 11:15 a.m. Younger students will view another film with the blessing of Mrs. A. PICK UP will be at the theater at 2:00 p.m. The starting time may change, please be patient. Dr. A may become anxious but popcorn will help.

Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908

If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please call if you will be late. Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. A (wake him gently with the smell of warm popcorn if necessary)

FINANCIAL: We have been told Tickets are $5.00 but this may be incorrect – please pay at the Box Office. Please provide funds for a good book and funds for lunch. Refreshments: Yes!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Nov. 22               Modern Art Museum
Nov. 25-29         Thanksgiving/Fall Break (No school)
Dec. 5-6              Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conf. (No school)
Dec. 13               Museum of Americas (in Weatherford)
Dec. 20               Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7  Winter Break Holidays (better known as Christmas Holidays)
Jan. 24                Fort Worth Stock Show (earlier known as the FAT stock show, but Dr. A lost a few pounds)                                        

A. n . d . e . r . s . o . n

Where precocious children are nurtured, appreciated & eat a lot of popcorn!

Joy Keeps Us Alive

“All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second,
it is violently opposed.

                   Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”     
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Have you noticed how the good spirits of happy people affects others. You can actually observe the anxious and overly stressed visibly thaw in the presence of those with joy in their hearts.

One insight that is necessary in understanding the nature of joy: It is contagious. And it not only spreads, but changes people who come in contact with it. If you garnish life with happiness, if you bring your joy to work you, the glow of your being truly touches others.

And what Is Joy? It is a powerful force in human nature. More powerful than you can ever imagine. It literally draws us toward the highest purpose of our existence, and becomes the most complete expression of our love.

I enjoy the writings of and listening to His Holiness, The Dalai Lama [click here for link] (meaning “Ocean of Wisdom”). And in a favorite quote of mine he states, “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.” So let us explore the deeper meanings of our lives and seek the guidance of those, like the Dalai Lama, who can help.

The Art and Science of Joy

Becoming successful in our search for happiness is not just pleasant – it is essential. It is required for life to exist. Without joy, our motivation to continue with our lives is absent.

And there are countless millions who made a decision not to exist without it. They were left with no hope of ever rediscovering the most essential ingredient in the formula of life. They were never told that joy and love were the same – that happiness creates a love of life and a reason for living.

No, it is not money or success and accomplishment that truly matters. The search for true happiness has far more value than these. It has a higher purpose. Joy naturally flows and branches out like a mighty river, when we generously share everything we possess and the happiness we have known. And all those things we think we possess, we can covet for a very brief time on this earth. We cannot really own anything. We are merely the very temporary custodian of things.

In our voyage of discovery I believe we need to look to poetry, which is at its essence, philosophy, crafted and adorned with a love of beautiful expression. I recommend you read the works of the great poets and prophets of happiness. And start with Kahlil Gibran [click here to link]. You will love the majesty and beauty of the language with which he clothed his beautiful thoughts and remarkable insights.

In “The Prophet”, he unveils an essential truth of life and living: “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? Joy and sorrow are inseparable. . . together they come and when one sits alone with you . . . remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”

Gibran’s deep and abiding insights can help to bring about a clearer understanding of the nature of being, and the nature of being human.

He states, “When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

Kahlil is telling us we have much to be thankful for – even the sorrow that brings us pain, which is the mirror of all the joy we have been so blessed with. And he reminds us of so many other things that we typically do not reflect upon. But these can, once again, become pathways to happiness:

“And in the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

Another fountain of joyful knowledge you can find in the writings of Cat Thompson, who writes regularly for Experience Life. You can learn more about her work at http://www.emotionaltechnologies.com. She reminds us that we too carry mysterious worlds deep within our subconscious and can commit to personal joy as a life process.

In so doing she recommends that we forget about money. In any decision-making process involving money, take money out of the picture and see if your decision would be the same. The path toward material wealth is one of the most time-consuming, joy detours imaginable.

She knows that joyful people want everyone to be joyful. And that may be the biggest reason of all for us to commit to our own happiness – because we affect everyone around us. Joy is so contagious.

Missy spends the day at school

Missy spends the day at school

TRIP PLANNED FOR FRIDAY

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111. At approximately 10:45 a.m. we will travel to the FOOD COURT in the Ridgmar Mall to enjoy lunch. Following (burp) lunch we will walk to the RAVE 13 THEATER, located in the Mall at 2300 Green Oaks Road, telephone (817) 566-0025, to enjoy the highly acclaimed new movie Captain Phillips, rated PG13  Younger students may view another film to be selected with the blessing of Mrs. A. PICK UP will be at the Rave Theater at 2:30 p.m.

Kylee finds a keeper at Fossilmania

Kylee finds a keeper at Fossilmania

Plot & Details:

‘Captain Phillips’ is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Rylee studies the fossil record

Rylee studies the fossil record. She found Dr. A on page 3.

MPAA Rating: PG-13, Genre: Drama, Run Time: 134 min., Director(s): Paul Greengrass, Starring: Tom Hanks , Max Martini , Catherine Keener , Michael Chernus , Corey Johnson, Themes: Daring Rescues,Hostage Situations, Pirates, Hijackings, Tone:Claustrophobic,Menacing,Tense, Atmospheric, Forceful, Intimate,

The starting time may change, please be patient. Dr. A may become anxious but popcorn always helps.

Our new wild turkey enjoys company

Our new wild turkey enjoys company

Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908

If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please call and let us know if you will be late.

Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. A (wake him gently with the smell of warm popcorn if necessary) or Mrs. Anderson.

Everyone enjoyed shopping at the Fossil Show

Everyone enjoyed shopping at the Fossil Show

FINANCIAL: We have been told Tickets are $5.00 but this may be incorrect – please pay at the Box Office Please provide funds for a good book and funds for lunch.
Refreshments: Yes!
Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Nov. 25-29         Thanksgiving/Fall Break
Dec. 5-6             Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conf. (No school)
Dec. 20               Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7  Winter Break Holidays
Jan. 24                 Fort Worth Stock Show

A. n . d . e . r . s . o . n

Where precocious children are nurtured, appreciated
& eat a lot of popcorn!

Why America’s Education System Is Obsolete

You cannot have more fun than making noises into a fan!

You cannot have more fun than making noises into a fan!

“Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.”  John W. Gardner

Our competitive advantage of innovation is at risk because of America’s poor system of schooling, according to research by Harvard professor Tony Wagner.

Our schools teach to fill children with knowledge instead of focusing on developing innovation skills, learning to love one another and instilling the motivation to succeed.

To quote Wagner: “Today knowledge is constantly changing, growing exponentially… Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water. It’s become a commodity… There’s no competitive advantage today in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.

Hi! I'm Kirby, and I am here to dog blog. So, bla, bla, blark.

Hi! I’m Kirby, and I am here to dog blog. So, bla, bla, blark.

Avoiding risk is normal but: “We penalize mistakes,” says Wagner. “The whole challenge in schooling is to figure out what the teacher wants. It’s a compliance-driven, risk-averse culture.” Innovation, on the other hand, is grounded in taking risks and learning via trial and error.

Educators should take a note from design firm IDEO with its mantra of “Fail early, fail often,” says Wagner. At Stanford’s Institute of Design, he says they put forth ideas like, “We’re thinking F is the new A.” Without failure, there is no success.

Henry Ford failed and went broke
five times
before he succeeded.

Young innovators are intrinsically motivated, he says. They aren’t interested in grades and petty reward systems. Parents and teachers can encourage innovative thinking by nurturing the curiosity and inquisitiveness of young people, Wagner says.

And this leads me to ask, “Why is suicide the second leading cause of death for college age students?” Why is failure, which can lead to such a tragic consequence, even noted or recorded? Why do we allow schools to punish scholars with failure and then compound the loss of self-esteem and lower achievement recognition by mathematically averaging success with failing grades?

There are specific causes for children, of all ages, becoming self-destructive. And one major cause is our inability to recognize the very dangerous commodity that failure can become when placed in the wrong or inexperienced hands. The power to succeed belongs in the hands of those whose future depends upon it. And it is an immense power.

There is tremendous value in failure, if it is placed it in a proper and positive perspective. Some great inventors and innovators survived antiquated, heartless and mindless institutional attempts at harassing and frequently annihilating anyone shy of perfection. But others, by the millions, have not survived. And the loss of such potential cannot even be estimated.

If we were to eliminate just one dozen of our most successful inventors, our societies would be set back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Yes, you would be in the dark, with none of the electronic devices to help you stay informed and pass the time. And you probably would not even exist.

Punitive and degrading assessment policies that penalize children so harshly, effectively crippling them, in my not-so-humble opinion, constitutes the equivalent of what can be equated to mass murder. These institutions of learning lack the wisdom and compassion and understanding to be permitted direct contact with our fragile and deeply loved children, our future innovators and leaders.

At our school, we have eliminated the antiquated nonsense of subjective grades and reports cards (along with dreaded homework, which according to research, is the number one cause of failure in secondary grades). With a required mastery level of 90%, no one receives a grade below an A. Students simply work on an instructional objective until this level is achieved and without time constraints.

As a result, failure is placed into a more positive perspective. It is actually valued. And, in fact, can be viewed philosophically, as the finest teacher available. Especially if it is seen within the context of the results of experimentation or research or exploratory activity.

Failure should not be wielded like a weapon to extrinsically motivate children to be successful. Accomplishment, in and of itself, is highly motivating. And, importantly, it is positive re-enforcement. Negatives are simply not needed – and they can become highly destructive.

Jack London received six hundred rejection slips
before he sold his first story.

Where would we be if Thomas Edison did not value the failure he encountered and knew was so essential for success? Edison held a world record of 1093 patents for inventions such as the phonograph, motion picture camera and last, but not least, the light bulb and laid the foundation for the modern electric age.

As an inventor, Edison made over 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

Professor Tony Wagner says that parents of innovators encourage their children to play in more exploratory ways with “Fewer toys, more toys without batteries, more unstructured time in their day”.

A new female Turkey & male guinea are gifts from Rylee & Kylee

A new female wild Turkey & male African Guinea are gifts from Rylee & Kylee.

Wagner concludes, “The culture of schooling, as we all know it, is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators.”

Wagner is not suggesting we change a few processes and update a few manuals. He says, “The system has become obsolete. It needs reinventing, not reforming.”

I agree. Our children carry with them, in their pocket, something that connects them to the world wide web. They do not need to know everything. The can easily access information before you even get the opportunity to finish asking the question.

We need to instill a true passion for living and for learning. Let us begin by learning and teaching our children to love one another and, in the process, rediscover the joy we misplaced but existed since birth.

We are planning activities for FRIDAY, October 14, 2011. Our destination is: The PALACE OF WAX & RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT, 601 East Safari Parkway, Grand Prairie (I-30 & Belt Line Road- 7 minutes East of Six Flags, (972-263-2391)

We will depart at 9:00 a.m. to arrive at 10:00 a.m. We will first enjoy a brief visit to the video arcade, gift shop, fantastic photos, and wax hands (ask for the special price for our group), then have an early lunch at 11:00 a.m. to avoid other large (many calories) groups. Following lunch we will enjoy self-guided tours of the Palace of Wax and Ripley’s Believe It or Not, which, believe it or not, should last approximately two hours.

Our dog, Saffy, has 4 more votes for President. She is deaf and will not listen to Lobbyists. And since the country has gone to the dogs, well, go figure!

Our dog, Saffy, has 4 more votes for President. She is deaf and will not listen to Lobbyists. And since the country has gone to the dogs, well, go figure!

This is a history, science, literature and art museum where learning becomes a unique experience. The fear section can be avoided by the young, faint of heart or just plain scared (like Dr. A, who has been known to scream and cry and embarrass us). The not-so-brave may exit to the gift shop (that’s a scary place) and show Dr. A how to escape a frightful future and avoid touring the rest of the exhibit.

Is that a note attached to Athena? I think it's for Mom.

Is that a note attached to Athena? I think it’s for Mom.

FINANCIAL Fee: $8.00 (includes TAX & a little money for gas). This discounted price is a group combination ticket–the regular price is $15.95. It does NOT include Mirror Maze. Please pay Dr. A.

LUNCH: Please bring funds for lunch. Dr. A may require C.P.R. following ingestion of a fat, I mean hot dog. GIFT SHOP Yes! Please do not purchase anything to scare the cowardly Dr. A! He is already afraid of all children, a few parents (you scary ones know who you are!), his wife, his dog Rosie, and one particular chicken in the petting zoo.

Uniform pants with a belt (required to participate) & red monogrammed and tucked in school shirt are required. Jackets should be NAVY blue.
• Family, neighbors and friends are always invited to enjoy Friday with us.
• Students MAY WEAR COSTUMES on Friday

Drop-off will be at the School at 8:30 a.m. Pick-up will be at the Anderson School at 3:15 p.m. Please be patient – traffic conditions, goofing off or a reluctance to ask for directions (a male thing) may delay us. Dr. Anderson may be reached on his cell telephone – EMERGENCY. If he does not answer, keep calling! He’s old, retired (twice) & busy or pretending to be busy.

Like I said, we just train them.

We don’t explain them, we just train them.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Oct. 25 Fossilmania in Glenrose
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving/Fall Break
Dec. 5-6 Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conf. (No school) Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays