Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How do we get rid of stress?

Stress is energy held in that builds up pressure. What has been held in must be released. ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Monday, March 28, 2011

What is stress?

Stress is inner pressure created by unresolved conflict. But it's not just psychological.

Justifying, rationalizing, excusing, and simply denying reality ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Friday, March 25, 2011

What makes education effective?

Reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD makes me wonder: What makes education effective?

When the pupil wonders, the questions ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What's the point of education?

Reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD makes me wonder: Why does education miss the point?

In courses and programs I've attended, the "Socratic Method" is often touted as the way to truly educate – to draw out learning from within. It is described as a strategy a teacher employs to ask questions in a way that draws the understanding from a pupil. Usually, this way is demonstrated by the course instructor ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why is classic equality a dangerous hobgoblin?

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

I've been studying the Constitutional and judicial empowerment of incorporated "persons" and also pondering the influential role of the "Religious Right" in today's political and social dynamic, and I've come up with a new theory: ... READ ABOUT MY THEORY
I wonder... what you think.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Why support Planned Parenthood?

Reproductive choice is about safe sex, responsible birth control, and
knowledgeable decision making.

A month ago, federal funding for Planned Parenthood health centers to provide birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care came under attack in Congress. This is crazy in a country where the majority of the population supports a woman's right to choose when to have a child. ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What is the effect of corporate "personhood"?

The argument for corporate personhood is that they need equal protection under the Constitution.

This point of view claims that without personhood, the government could ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What could corporate "personhood" mean?

Incorporated businesses far outweigh the puny influence of We the People. In 2003, 53 of the 100 largest economies on earth were corporations* (that is: only 47 national governments had GDPs that could compete with corporate total revenues). ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

*   If you Wonder as I do where We the People rank, you can evaluate the economic data yourself: ... READ HOW

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What does unlimited speech for corporations mean for We the People?

Corporations were enabled to dominate the 2010 US elections by a controversial ruling in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission. This decision struck down constraints ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Why do We the People think a corporation is a person?

When a group of people gathers for a specific purpose and is granted a charter to accomplish that function, they incorporate their business under law. To enable these incorporated businesses to undertake legal commerce activity, the law for centuries has ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What's wrong with our system of education?

Reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD makes me wonder: What's wrong with our system of education?

According to research discussed in Mindset, focus on grades and the ease and quality of a child's results in school only digs ability into an ever-threatened setpoint that leads to stagnation, limitation, and diminishing motivation whereas praising children for their effort and hard work effectively stimulates love of learning and an ethic of striving toward betterment.

As I read Mindset, I thought about what I remember from my schooling. I was one of those students for whom learning came easy; I listened and read and remembered the answers. School was one long plodding progression of As, and since I got frequent humbling messages about grade point rankings (my art classes counted for less), flaunting of my sister's superior IQ (I never knew my own), and parental admiration of perennially smarter students, there was no incentive for me to work when the 99th percentile was as good as you could get.

Schools never stimulated a love of learning in me; rather, my classes rote-fed me selected facts and disinterested me in anything more. (See Schools teach unintended lessons.) As a "good" student, I never asked more of myself any more than I questioned my instructors for answers outside of the lesson plan. In classes, I figured out what was wanted and regurgitated it appropriately and never saw this as a deficiency of either myself or the system. When we accept what is as the model of how things are supposed to be, the only improvement we seek is better conformity.
I wonder... what you think.

Friday, March 4, 2011

What's age got to do with aging?

A friend is celebrating 60 today. A celebration is ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How do we decide on our response ability?

There are many perspectives from which we can view life and anchor our ability to respond to our own and others' needs. Based on our stage of life, our circumstances of living, and our current personal ideology, we each individually choose where we fit in the range of possible viewpoints: ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What's your responsibility?

As we go through life, we each develop a sense of responsibility. The choice of our response is ... READ MORE
I wonder... what you think.