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November 5, 2017:

Saying yes to your weirdness | TEDx (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 12:24 AM

This is definitely worth a watch. It's about being true to yourself... which can literally be dangerous to your health as a young person (depending on your family situation and how they react to things), but is also very important to your well-being and self-respect overall.   Video description: Learn why people tend to reactively […]

July 15, 2017:

Eighties Teenage Psychiatry For School Pressure: One Writer Squashed Another (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 12:04 PM

by Maurice Frank (source) Even in cases where no specified mental illness at all is ever claimed to exist, treatment powers and just the threat of their use, can devastate lives long term when child maltreatment situations, which are obviously not the child’s fault, come to involve child psychiatry. That happened to me, though I […]

High Learning Potential? How being classified as gifted and talented can cause suffering (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 12:00 PM

by Maurice Frank (source) As an undiagnosed autistic, Maurice Frank suffered severely at school from being classified as gifted and talented. He describes his experiences of thirty years ago. Authoritarians like my former teachers have long made use of the idea of giftedness, with its appeal to wishful thinking and greed, to buy support. If […]

October 17, 2016:

Teachers give terrible advice on how to deal with teachers (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 6:07 PM

Original: Teachers give terrible advice on how to deal with teachers I recently stumbled upon a Quora question posted by a parent who wanted to know if she should speak to her daughter's teacher, who is a bully, about the teacher's treatment of her daughter. The Quora question asked: "My daughter's 1st grade teacher refused […]

September 3, 2016:

You don't legally have to go to school (2 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 10:47 AM

Source: You don't legally have to go to school. - YouTube School should really teach you this. Looking at the law, it shows you don't have to go to school - in fact, there are a hell of a lot of alternative options available. ► Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/boyinabandcom ► Twitter: http://twitter.com/DavePBrown ► Tumblr: http://davebiab.tumblr.com/ ► Music: […]

September 2, 2016:

They Dream of School, and None of the Dreams Are Good (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 10:47 AM

In this survey, 128 adults described their recurring dreams of being in school. by Peter Gray Dreams of being in school are common among adults of all ages.  In fact, in dream surveys, being in school typically ranks among the top five dream categories in frequency, even among adults who have been out of school […]

August 31, 2016:

Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education | Psychology Today (No Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 1:51 PM

Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education | Psychology Today. In my last post I took a step that, I must admit, made me feel uncomfortable. I said, several times: "School is prison." I felt uncomfortable saying that because school is so much a part of my life and the lives of almost everyone […]

September 9, 2011:

How "Low Self Esteem" Labeling Hurt One Student's Confidence (6 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 11:58 AM

by The Beta Female For most of my life, I have been accused having low self esteem. Throughout childhood and adolescence, friends frequently implored, "Geez, why do you cut yourself down so much?" I believed them, and worked tirelessly to improve my self esteem to seemingly no end. Only recently did I decide that I […]

July 17, 2011:

Another former teacher agrees with School Survival (1 Comment)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 4:23 PM

Fred posted this as a response to the "Why do I hate school?" post on the SS blog: As a former teacher I have to say that everything in this article is correct. That's pretty much why I'm not doing it anymore. I decided to teach after getting laid off from a job. I thought […]

May 12, 2011:

Invading the privacy of young people makes them less safe (3 Comments)Posted in: Commentary by SoulRiser @ 8:37 PM

Point/counterpoint: Alex Koroknay-Palicz on parental surveillance Privacy is not a luxury. Nor is it a threat to safety. Ten years ago America was attacked in a shockingly brutal and violent way. Thousands of innocent people died and millions more feared for their safety. Pledging to protect us from terrorists, the government passed the Patriot Act, […]

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