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29th Jul 2006

Welcome to FU? Hell, Welcome to The [Real World]: An Ode to Jason the Great

Welcome to FU? Hell, Welcome to The [Real World]: An Ode to Jason the Great

I’m sure if you put a hundred kids in the middle of a minefield,
a few of them will manage to make it out in mostly one piece.
The rest will either be scarred for life
or unwilling to take any action
that might put them in harms way —
what a great way to produce mindless little consumers
that never question their superiors.

When they grow up and find a minefield in the real world,
they’ll be free to walk around it — o
r to take the risk of walking through it
if they choose to find out what’s on the other side.
Children aren’t given the choice,
nor do they have the experience to guide them through it.
What better way to breed a society that blindly follows orders f
rom those in power if they want to survive?

The literacy rate in colonial America was the same as it is now
— and they didn’t have compulsory schooling.
They had a society which depended on reading and math (trade),
and simply living in that society
was motivation enough for anyone to learn it.

We were the jewel of the world.
Now we’re the joke.
Rich and powerful, but a joke nonetheless.

This learning is discovered by people from every walk of life,
and passed down to anyone who is receptive of it –
be it parent to child,
master to apprentice,
in a book,
or a website.
PUBLIC SCHOOL
has little to do with learning,
and everything to do
with making “good little obedient citizen consumers”.

A place where experts
can provide knowledge in their field
to anyone who asks,
and collections of resources are available,
is a great idea.
We THINK that is what school is,
but it’s like mixing poison
into the pudding –
it may not kill you right away,
but once you know it’s there,
why do you keep eating it,
when you know there is poison-free pudding available all around you?

Is he really any worse than I was when I first showed up? This guy
is at least already thinking of alternative education and non-
compulsory schools – I came in as a religious nut, trying to get
people to help me make a lifelong curriculum!

Yoda: You must unlearn what you have learned.
Now I have an image of Yoda talking to a ghost of John Holt…

Unschooling is the world outside school,
and it existed without a name for millions of years
before we created compulsory government schooling.
Unschooling allowed us to discover
fire,
metalworking,
sailing,
writing,
navigation,
construction,
math,
language,
science,
art,
and technology.
Leonardo Da Vinci didn’t go to aeronautics school
– he studied the structure of birds wings.
The Wright Brothers didn’t go to airplane school
— they made bicycles
and understood vehicular structure and stabilization
– and they knew about all the past research on aerodynamics.
It all builds on one another.

You really think an hour a day, marked with bells,
for a semester in a public school with a teacher
who may or may not even do
outside the class they teach
… is better?

If you were in a job you hated every day,
would you rush right home and do more work?
Or would you try to find
anything
you could to escape
and wind down
from the world you wish you could escape from?

Many people live through war
and go on to live great lives.
People come out of poverty and succeed.
Abuse victims can mange to overcome their pasts
and find strength in new relationships.
Does that make war,
poverty
and abuse good things,
just because people “made it through”?

Human beings are resilient.
We’re adaptive.
We find ways to survive
through a lot of crap the world throws at us.
But once you recognize
it’s crap,
would you really keep choosing to partake in it,
even if there’s a chance to “survive” it?

Why, when presented with a moldy loaf of bread on one table
and a feast on another table,
would you choose the loaf?
Simply because the world at large is saying
“I ate the loaf and I turned out fine
– you can pick off the moldy parts.”
Unfortunately, most look right at the feast
and are still looking for their familiar loaf,
somewhere in the middle of all that.

If “taking control of your own life and learning”
is impossible and idealistic,
we should do the universe a favor
and wipe ourselves out
now.

Welcome to FU?
Hell, welcome to the [real world].

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07th May 2006

Ode to a Good Father

Having a spouse who will babysit
when he comes home from work would help,
but my husband’s just not available enough hours a week
to help me as much as I need.
some of them really do just babysit.
And sometimes you can’t even get them to do that.
he has not been parenting,
He forgets that I am only HER mommy,
and not his.
I realize he’s not the best

I had no idea he’d actually regress
but my husband’s parenting skills aren’t
what I had hoped they’d be.

I’d rather have him
this LaLa Land, Peter Pan way

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07th May 2006

Introduction to the Odes

All the odes are found poetry from discussion boards I’m on.

The basic rules are as follows:

Keep the posts in order.

Keep the words in order.

Note any changes with [ ].

When I’m feeling particularly challenged, I also keep the original meaning and don’t let the deletion change the meaning.

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