Feb 072013
 

In Australia the Green Party have created a new poll to understand parents perspectives on early childhood education and care.  The Green Party has said it’s time to hear what parents thought about childcare.

Share your views about childcare.

The online survey is at www.childcarepoll.com.

Jan 042013
 

Is Western education superior? We have an institution globally that is branding millions and millions of innocent people as failures.   They are the in-between people and they are falling through the cracks of an in-between world. We have moved from wisdom to knowledge and now we are moving from knowledge to information.  We have moved from wisdom to knowledge and now we are moving from knowledge to information.  Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden is set in Ladakh and examines the long-unquestioned assumption that the western model of education and schooling improves lives wherever it goes.

Dec 052012
 

“For the child…it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow…. It is more important to pave the way for a child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts that he is not ready to assimilate.”
Rachel Carson

“First and foremost, our job as heart-centered educators must be to understand the potential of each ‘seed’ we are nurturing.  The great Spanish cellist Pablo Casals said it well: ‘The child must know that he (or she) is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him (or her).’  Supporting the miracle of each child’s uniqueness does not lend itself to standardization.  It is not ‘convenient.’  It may seem easier to find a one-size-fits-all way of delivering and assessing learning, but if we pay attention, the natural world will help us realize the futility of trying to do so.  Nothing in nature, including human beings, can be completely ‘standardized.’ (1)

We need to advocate for an education based on the understanding of our children’s uniqueness. This is a fundamental right of every child.

Jane Hanckel

(1) http://www.childcareexchange.com/eed/view/3223/

Oct 042012
 

 

A beautiful and powerful song about identity and connection to country from Shellie Morris and the Yanyuwa Borroloola Song Women.

Singing Yanyuwa Identity – Shellie Morris, the Yanyuwa Songwomen and the Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir perform ‘li-Anthawirriyarra’ at the Sydney Opera House for the DEADLY AWARDS 2011. This chorus is a traditional/contemporary collaboration born from saltwater people their Yanyuwa identity and connection to the country. It involves the traditional singers, Shellie Morris and children from Borroloola . Waliwaliyangu li-Anthawirriyarra li-Yanyuwa Calling from island to island.

For more information about the Song Peoples project.

 

Sep 122012
 

A must watch segment on ABC TV’s Catalyst program on plastic waste and our environment.

Plastic Oceans

Oceans are silently choking on our plastic waste. Plastic and synthetic materials are the most common types of debris in our oceans and are having horrific impacts on marine wildlife and systems. As an island continent ‘girt by sea’ marine debris is of particular importance for Australia. Creatures get entangled in plastics and drown and ingested concentrated toxins from plastics pose a threat to the health of the food chain. Plastics also transport and introduce species into new environments. Anja Taylor catches up with the CSIRO research team spearheading the Marine Debris Survey, a world-first study of the plastics around our coastline.

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3583576.htm

Sep 032012
 

 

Harvard scientists have studied effects of fluoride in drinking water and found that high levels of fluoride lowers children’s IQ. They looked at 27 studies from across the world and found a direct link between IQ scores and the levels of fluoride in the public water supply.  The study’s aim was to investigate the effects of increased fluoride exposure and delayed neurobehavioral development. (1) Children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas. The children studied were up to 14 years of age, but the investigators speculate that any toxic effect on brain development may have happened earlier, and that the brain may not be fully capable of compensating for the toxicity.

“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain,” says Phillipe Grandjean adjunct professor of environmental health, Harvard School of Public Health. “The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale can be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.” (2)

How to avoid fluoride in your water?  Installing a rainwater tank or using a reverse osmosis filtration system are two practical solutions. For more details on reverse osmosis see link. Speak to your local council and express your views on fluoride in your drinking water.

(1) Environmental Health Perspectives, 2012; published online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1104912

(2) http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi.html

 

Aug 262012
 

 

Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.  From the makers of the Story of Stuff www.storyofstuff.org

Being a citizen is about acting on our responsibility to stand up for the planet and our children.

Eco parenting is currently developing an innovative, engaging and interactive 3D ‘look inside the human body’. This 3D pilot will demonstrate a child’s wellbeing and the links to diet, lifestyle and environment. If you would like to support this project and receive a one on one consultation with Jane Hanckel and a signed copy of her book then please click here.

Jul 032012
 

 

“The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner’ is an inspiring film by BBC documentary filmmaker, Jonathan Stedall.  Rudolf Steiner’s contribution to modern day life ranges from a wholistic ecological approach to education to agriculture, medicine, science and art. A comprehensive film for anyone wanting to explore the work of one of the 20th century’s visionary thinkers. Stedall presents Steiner’s life through the eyes of people who lives and work have been inspired by Steiner.

The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner – Trailer from Jonathan Stedall on Vimeo.

The complete film is downloadable for 5 pounds (UK – approx $7-8 US/AUS) by following the links

Part One http://steinerfilm.fetchapp.com/sell/uzeshara

Part Two http://steinerfilm.fetchapp.com/sell/oquoceip

Apr 152012
 

Dr Pat Kuhl provides an analysis on the baby’s brain and how they learn languages.

Interesting to note in her presentation on TEDxRainier that the baby when exposed to learning language by television and audio show very little increase in response to the artificial stimuli. The baby’s brain is wired to respond and learn from people.