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Richard Louv , author of seven books about people, being connected and being in the great outdoors, has some stuff to say about ‘gettin out in the woods.’ In Australia we might say ‘bush’ but same same. In an article in Orion he says: ‘A growing body of scientific evidence identifies strong correlations between experience

A bird in the hand…er…maybe not

Richard Louv , author of seven books about people, being connected and being in the great outdoors, has some stuff to say about ‘gettin out in the woods.’ In Australia we might say ‘bush’ but same same. In an article in Orion he says: ‘A growing body of scientific evidence identifies strong correlations between experience

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This is kind of good news really isn’t it? Sports stars are no role models, say scientists April 21, 2010 ‘Researchers at the Universities of Manchester, UK, and Western Sydney, Australia, say their findings – published in Drug and Alcohol Review – rubbish the idea that sports stars act as role models for those who

Young people, sporting heroes and drinking

This is kind of good news really isn’t it? Sports stars are no role models, say scientists April 21, 2010 ‘Researchers at the Universities of Manchester, UK, and Western Sydney, Australia, say their findings – published in Drug and Alcohol Review – rubbish the idea that sports stars act as role models for those who

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Education and our young people continues to be, as it should, a disturbing topic for many of us. The heading for this post does not come from me. It comes from the Edutopia web site. Check out this interview with the notorious Alvin Toffler. ‘Forty years after he and his wife, Heidi, set the world

Reshaping Learning from the Ground Up

Education and our young people continues to be, as it should, a disturbing topic for many of us. The heading for this post does not come from me. It comes from the Edutopia web site. Check out this interview with the notorious Alvin Toffler. ‘Forty years after he and his wife, Heidi, set the world

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This I think is important. From Wes Fryer who constantly blogs (I can read his block because I have no filters) about the foolishness of internet filters in all sorts of places including schools. He found himself at a school trying to access Flikr and found himself blocked. He had this to say on 13th April 2010. ‘First of

Busted. Young people, schools and internet nonsense

This I think is important. From Wes Fryer who constantly blogs (I can read his block because I have no filters) about the foolishness of internet filters in all sorts of places including schools. He found himself at a school trying to access Flikr and found himself blocked. He had this to say on 13th April 2010. ‘First of

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From the Heatlh Report ABC Radio National . This is both interesting and confirming. And it is the wellbeing stuff that keeps popping up in the same kinds of ideas over and over. This particular study also says that fathers seem to be particularly important in this whole deal. Hmmmm…. Norman Swan: Describe a flourishing person

Parenting

From the Heatlh Report ABC Radio National . This is both interesting and confirming. And it is the wellbeing stuff that keeps popping up in the same kinds of ideas over and over. This particular study also says that fathers seem to be particularly important in this whole deal. Hmmmm…. Norman Swan: Describe a flourishing person

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I am always borrowing from Wes Fryer…here is some more stuff to do with what is happening or possibly not happening…in education… ‘Do you understand the “normalcy bias” in our educational context? I have been studying people who are not just surviving in this situation, the are THRIVING – to help us and our students

Right here…right now…

I am always borrowing from Wes Fryer…here is some more stuff to do with what is happening or possibly not happening…in education… ‘Do you understand the “normalcy bias” in our educational context? I have been studying people who are not just surviving in this situation, the are THRIVING – to help us and our students

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It’s not possible to talk too much about these programmes. They are just amazing, and a joy to be part of in action. Led by Bernie Shakeshaft up in Armidale doing some of the best youth work stuff around. Two Projects: PawsUp (Training dogs and competing at shows)                And Ironman Welders (a viable

Best youth work

It’s not possible to talk too much about these programmes. They are just amazing, and a joy to be part of in action. Led by Bernie Shakeshaft up in Armidale doing some of the best youth work stuff around. Two Projects: PawsUp (Training dogs and competing at shows)                And Ironman Welders (a viable

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I heard a fellow last week speaking at a confernce on Rural Employment. Perhaps not a topic that, at first blush, makes yours skirt fly up. But while maybe not sexy, is nonetheless important. The speaker, looking like a fairly straight guy, and deceptively non-flamboyant in his address, really did have something to say. In his

What’s new?

I heard a fellow last week speaking at a confernce on Rural Employment. Perhaps not a topic that, at first blush, makes yours skirt fly up. But while maybe not sexy, is nonetheless important. The speaker, looking like a fairly straight guy, and deceptively non-flamboyant in his address, really did have something to say. In his

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On ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio 22nd March 2010, there was a show about the families of those with someone in prison. The show tells us that in NSW alone there are up to 14,500 children with a parent or parents in gaol. ‘Shine for Kids’ is an organisation that was set up in the early

Prisons and families

On ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio 22nd March 2010, there was a show about the families of those with someone in prison. The show tells us that in NSW alone there are up to 14,500 children with a parent or parents in gaol. ‘Shine for Kids’ is an organisation that was set up in the early

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Love riding a bike. Don’t like falling off it. Or being knocked off it…sydney traffic ain’t bike friendly. But I ride anyway. And with a 4 year old on the back I am mostly on back streets, foot-paths and through parks.  I notice in the papers lately (Sydney Morning Herald March 16th) we in Sydney

Go bikes!

Love riding a bike. Don’t like falling off it. Or being knocked off it…sydney traffic ain’t bike friendly. But I ride anyway. And with a 4 year old on the back I am mostly on back streets, foot-paths and through parks.  I notice in the papers lately (Sydney Morning Herald March 16th) we in Sydney

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