“More often than not, a hero’s most epic battle is the one you never see; it’s the battle that goes on within him or herself.”
‘I wrap my arms around his neck, feel his arms hesitate before they embrace me. Not as steady as they once were, but still warm and strong. A thousand moments surge through me. All the times these arms were my only refuge from the world. Perhaps not fully appreciated then, but so sweet in my memory, and now gone forever. “All right,then.” I release him.’
Mockingjay, The Hunger Games - p395”
Ameliorate - To make or become better, to improve.
This is a truly thought provoking, realisation of the education system. With regards to agreement; I am not fully standing shoulder to shoulder with Sir Ken Robinson, but I do agree with him, to put it bluntly. His idea to reform is completely justified and in need. I most strongly agree with his argument about the academic and the non-academic and the need to see and input the wider needs that education must begin to cover; the need to abolish the presupposition that an high academic education leads to successful employment is clearly evident. Everyone has the right to education and the educators need to understand that individual needs, whatever they may be, are important and that not every child will be academic but they all, if the teacher facilitates it, can be successful!
Take 10 minutes out of you day to watch and consider this.
“I am not a teacher but an awakener”
Vicissitude - interchange or alternation, as of states or things.
I have always wondered about whether what people say about all change is good/ happens for a reason really does hold substance. I also ponder on whether change is man-made or uncontrollable by nature; maybe a mix of the two. Is it something that we pre-determine with our spontaneous yet controllable actions or is it something that we cant restrain, something completely untameable, something that we cannot, even if we would like, rule over.
I am at a point of limbo, awaiting the start of something new, something I feel extremely passionate and enthused for, but it is a massive change to what I have been use to. Without thought, I do not feel at all apprehensive about or suffocated by this change, in true fact completely liberated and accomplished. But, there have been times when a life concerning change has been unwelcomed and oppressive; these changes are both humanly constructed as well as naturally occurring. I feel that change is something that is personal and subjective, a bit like everything of which I talk in this blog, it can add dimensions to your character and build upon strengths and take you beyond any dream imagery but it can also bring upon us isolation, fear and uncontrollable nerves.
Everyone of you reading this has experienced both these sorts of changes at varying degrees and possibly, like me, some of you are adapting, colliding or dealing with change at this very point. The one adjective that surfaces consistently in this, is ‘uncontrollable’ or synonyms to that effect. Is it possible that the reason why we are often nervous for change or see it as a opponent, is because we often cannot have any control over it; is it that you are personally contempt or satisfied with a point in your life that change would be a destroying, devastating force? because at this second in time if change were to occur it certainly would be unwished.
But, as mentioned, change can be positive can illuminate otherwise shadowy paths, it can take charge in leading a personal revolution, it can realise fantasies. Change comes and change goes and often this is ‘uncontrollable’; try to make the best of negative change or even battle it with change. It may sound paradoxical but the way I see it, the only way you can beat negative change it to contend it with positive change, man-made change, personally motivated change. So abolish that negative change as best you can, reign over the positive change and ensure that if a change is needed to take the initiative to initiate and control it.
Something’s cannot be taught but manifest themselves inside us all; it is only the brave and admirable that let them free.
“Teaching is an art form. It demands not only knowledge and understanding of the core areas of learning, but also the ability to teach these creatively and effectively and foster learner creativity in the process.”
“Teacher talk is not merely conversation. It is the nuts and bolts of the job. It is how we assemble learning and strive to make it visible to pupils. Talk is the vehicle by which knowledge is spread around the classroom.”
“'Reality no longer even surpasses fiction: it captures every dream even before it takes on the appearance of a dream.'”
“Modernity, in whatever age it appears, cannot exist without a shattering of belief and without discovery of the ‘lack of reality’ of reality, together with the invention of other realities.’”