Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) – marketing – spirituality, buzzword, or maybe (even: for you to shiver at!) ‘The Something’.


The Something “The Rev Klaas Hendrikse can offer his congregation little hope of life after death, and he’s not the sort of man to sugar the pill” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14417362
Modern Parenting –  “Alain de Botton takes a witty look at modern parenting. He explains why today’s parent simply can’t avoid baking biscuits and helping to paint Tyrannosaurus Rex’s scales!” Producer: Adele Armstrong – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012x138
Attain Magazine (marketing) – “With the benefit of hindsight, we can see that it was parental demand – market forces, if you prefer – that impelled the independent schools into the bear-hug of the state in the 1980s and 1990s. Anxious parents sought the safety of Government approval for the practices of their children’s schools, ambitious parents wanted the validation of state-sponsored league tables for their children’s examination successes. The price of a regulation which most deemed salutary to start with, however, has been a loss of freedom. Perhaps the regulating process will prove to be selfdefeating in the end. Certainly, the Government’s own Implementation Review Unit, commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills to look into the effects of bureaucracy on schools, has recently warned that red-tape is strangling the educational system of the country as a whole. But it may take an effort even greater than that which brought ISIS to birth in the 1960s, if the independent sector is to break free of its toils in the 2000s; could it be parents who will take the initiative this time?” http://www.attainmagazine.co.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=archive.content&cmid=11 More ‘Stupid’ – Public Schools. Private Schools. Independent Schools Council. Independent Schools Inspectorate. UK. GB. NB “Empirically based”, or the utter nonsense – Global Gullibility Index? I fear it is the latter! Spirituality, is a buzzword (selling point – aimed at the wealthy and semi-ignorant – affluent specialist, or the inexperienced {of any, progressive family philosophy} gullible young parent. Spirituality has no empirical basis for an/any educational ethos, but it remains at the very forefront of moral and social education GB – UK; selling – to the potential private school parent one-upmanship; private ownership; private control of the child’s behaviour and attitude – sectarian or class divide; to that of education in the public sector. And for: the yearly inspection of those private/public schools – charlatanism = Pupils’ spiritual (seems to be cornered and wishy-washy, a dumb-downing, muddling (schizophrenia); added to the important multi-subject matter that is mentioned below) development involves (does it, really? And, ”who says”? Science has the answers, or at least – goes much further, and more satisfactorily, with much less quackery, into the answers for the questions; below). Ref, NewScientist (available at Tesco’s and many other popular shops) – Limits of knowledge. There are things we can never understand. What we’ll never never know http://www.newscientist.com/issue/2811 Michael Brooks “It’s going to be a problem we are not even aware of.” Ref, Development & Questions, Spiritual (Moral & Social) Gov UK– The growth of their sense of self (1), their unique potential (2), their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses (3), and their will to achieve (4). As their curiosity about themselves (5) and their place in the world increases (6), they try to answer for themselves some of life’s fundamental questions (7). They develop the knowledge (8), skills (9), understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to foster their own inner lives (10) and non-material wellbeing (11?)” Ref, schizophrenia.

“So we should no more allow parents to teach their children to believe, for example, in the literal truth of the Bible, or that the planets rule their lives, than we should allow parents to knock their children’s teeth out or lock them in a dungeon.” ‘What Shall We Tell The Children?’ ‘Amnesty Lecture’ Oxford – Nicholas Humphrey  http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/humphrey/amnesty.html And http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 ”In a secular state, we cannot stand by and allow overtly religious and evangelical groups to gain disproportionate power and privileged access to vulnerable people (Schools – ISI?)” Ref, John Woolhouse, Treasurer, British Humanist Association, re: Free Schools teaching ‘creationism’(ist)  dogma with public money – fundamental Christian discrimination  (dogma) of all kinds, and esp: sexual orientation, sexism; Eaves Housing given up to the Salvation Army, and ‘Off the Record’ (secular, inclusive – approach) to The Catholic Children’s Society which is packed with committed Catholics.  A marked approach by Government and Big Society that religious organisations are appropriate providers of public services”.

  • The country ‘After England’, Michael Wood (historian) – Filchers of the System (many other appalling countries, as well) – The After Englander’s see them everywhere, ‘Why not its government, who continue to waste the people’s money?’ “The UK should withdraw aid from Rwanda if its government is threatening opponents living here, says the former Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells. The UK is Rwanda’s biggest direct aid donor, giving £83m a year” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14217337 After England (becoming more appalling) – “Rioting has spread across London on a third night of violence, with unrest flaring in other English cities” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14450248 Connecting Technology for Rioters – Blackberry’s – RIM http://urbanmashup.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/the-unlikely-social-network-fuelling-the-tottenham-riots/ And, little, or no ideology, so far…, “Socrates was condemned to death for corrupting the youth of Athens. No mean feat! His charge sheet read, “Socrates is an evil doer and a curious person, searching into things under the earth and above the heavens and making the worse the better cause and teaching all this to others”. His pupil Plato was heard to murmur, “Better to be Socrates discontented, than a pig contented”. Only a few heard him then, or hear him now! In the Fifth Century BC Euripides wrote, “Blessed is he who learns how to engage in inquiry, with no impulse to harm his countrymen or to pursue wrongful actions, but perceives the order of immortal and ageless nature, how it is structured”. And nearly one thousand years later St Augustine said, “There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity… It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature, those secrets, which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing, and which, man, should not wish to learn” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_thinking The ‘magic switch’ from observational thought or conversation, to that of analytic thought or conversation, which so many of us, have some great difficulty, in attempting. Ref, Notes of Dad’s, ‘Living with the Miners’ Ref, ‘Toff Down the Pit’. Is this why (some of) our children are so bored, disruptive, and self-harming? Ref, Church Schools and Faith Schools. UK. And, ‘muddled thinking’. To do evil, a human being must first believe that what he is doing is good or else that it is a well-considered act, in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions. Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short of a dozen corpses, because they had no ideology. Ideology that is what gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory, which helps to make his own acts seem good, instead of bad, in his own and others eyes so that he will not hear any reproaches and curses, but will receive praise and honors. That was how the ‘Agents of the Inquisition’ fortified their wills by evoking Christianity; the conquerors of Foreign Lands by extolling the ‘grandeur of their Motherland’; the Colonisers by ‘Civilization’; the Nazis’ by ‘race’ and the Jacobin’s (early and late) by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations”. Ref, “Evil and Ideology”. The appalling, inexcusable, and ‘indoctrinational idea’ in the belief of ‘Original Sin (evilness)’. Watch out – “A man has been arrested on suspicion of trying to incite a riot in Bournemouth. Dorset Police said the 23-year-old was being held amid reports that messages had been forwarded on a mobile device about planned disorder in the town” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14461087 And, “Police may be able to use rioters’ mobile phone information to help convict them, say legal experts” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14465546 “Media around the world reacts to the ongoing riots in the UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-14456635 “When there is an outbreak of violence, reactions are often formed by long-held political beliefs. There is point-scoring. There is some schadenfreude” Gavin Hewitt http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14485465 And, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude In the Jungle’s (urban – Luton, Tower Hamlets, East End London, so on) of Austerity – Extremism in the UK – Following the massacre in Norway and amid concerns over contacts between the killer and supporters of the English Defence League, the Government is reviewing its policing of right-wing terrorism. James Silver examines far right extremism in the UK and reports from some areas with large Muslim populations where fears of ‘Islamisation’ are fuelling tensions between communities. We hear of the targeting of gay men in East London, as well as attacks on a mosque in Luton. Is there a disenfranchised minority who feel they have no political voice and are now looking to networks like the English Defence League? And are the EDL right to suggest that the threat of anti-Muslim terrorism in the UK could grow? Producer: Samantha Fenwick. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0132p8m Or are they, “Just plain gullible” (taught it); less clever: get caught – ‘lower in the food chain’ than others: example set by bankers and politicians and teachers (teaching it, religious leaders)
    Global Gullibility ‘For Dawkins, religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe “something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything”, and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust.’ http://www.stephen-greenspan.com/pdf/samplechapter.pdf Scottish (ignorance = all sectarianism + violence) Sectarianism, religiosity is not the cause, but attitude + ignorance of history + Dawkins’s gullibility (not mentioned; a lot of nonsense talked) inherent beliefs and fostered/enhanced by Catholic faith schools vs lack of protestant schools; schools with no religion http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b013f1kn Getting off the Global Gullibility Index, Libyan educated youth, and the, mostly, educated elders  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14613655  Libya Freedom “The Libyan charge d’affaires in London, Mahmud Nacua, has said that Libya will be rebuilt as a democratic country, after rebels advanced into Tripoli” UK Riots: The Cracks Beneath the Veneer, Dissident Voice, However, an insightful approach into understanding the collapse of the family in Western … 2011 at 8:01am and is filed under Philosophy, United Kingdom. My Note: the ‘dissent reaction’, against the ‘lording it over others’, with a corrupt; mostly, religiously founded and lower class / less educated (by, violence or forced) gullibility – the propaganda of the moral superiority of peers or culture; in accepting a delusional economic loss or disadvantage (for some), of economic or social improvement, and that is for the good of society and as a whole; is healthy– what rubbish Ref, part 5 & 9, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to foster their own inner lives (10) and non-material wellbeing is (11?) the failure of capitalism to be of benifit for all <http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/08/uk-riots-the-cracks-beneath-the-veneer/>  Global Gullibility Try it, http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!4614.entry + videos “The Pope has urged Catholic bishops in England and Wales to fight the UK’s Equality Bill with “missionary zeal”‘… Equality body’s U-turn on religious liberty disappoints Christians (thank goodness) Christian Today … of disappointment and alarm after the equality quango appeared to backtrack … others apparently believe their rights should trump those of religion. …
    <http://au.christiantoday.com/article/equality-bodys-u-turn-on-religious-liberty-disappoints-christians/11821.htm>
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8492597.stm Ref, 2010 – parents and others, and ‘religion in schools’, ‘Do they really want their children to turn out be globally gullible, and sometimes, they may find (private, public schools) have learnt to be quite ridiculously intolerant?’  News – 1 new result for [Quangos of Religiosity]
    Equality quango’s two-tier law for Christians that allows crosses …
    Daily Mail – “They appear to have changed their initial approach as a result of the
    outcry from those groups who wish to restrict freedom of religion and
    religious rights” … (of; cruelty, exclusion, bigotry, and hatred)
    <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027700/Equality-quangos-tier-law-Christians-allows-crosses-work-upholds-gay-rights.html?ito=feeds-newsxml> (hard luck)
    What could be more sensible in 2010, “Culture Change” – ’The Triumph of Triviality’    http://www.culturechange.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177&Itemid=1 ”Culture change strategists all agree about the urgent need to promote “global consciousness,” or “cosmic consciousness”. “The Tory party’s social policy guru Iain Duncan Smith believes Britain has witnessed the growth of a “more menacing underclass” @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14488486 . ‘Living in a Communal Hutch’, and “Historian David Starkey has told BBC’s Newsnight ”the whites have become black” in a discussion on the England riots with author and broadcaster Dreda Say Mitchell and the author of Chavs, Owen Jones. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14513517 Ref, ‘Violence of Financial Capatalism’ (the new extension)  ‘Shopping with Violence’.  
  • Parent asked for proof of humanism to get child into community school
    Over 1 in 3 state-funded schools in England are ’faith’ schools, with ties to religious bodies. This poses a large problem for parents who do not want their children to undergo a religious upbringing, as it is often the case that most, or potentially all, of the local schools are ‘faith’ schools.
    See the full case study of one parent who suffered from the restriction of choice the prevalence of ‘faith’ schools can pose.

“A thin band of antimatter particles called antiprotons enveloping the Earth has been spotted for the first time” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14405122 The Scoop http://www.niac.usra.edu/files/studies/final_report/1071Bickford.pdf

An email today: http://globalzero.tumblr.com/post/8661321490/keni-sabath

1 new result for [progressive family philosophy] Rush: Education in a Republic –
The Moral Liberal – “Do we leave our youth to acquire systems of geography, philosophy, … Our country includes family, friends and property, and should be preferred to
them …” <http://www.themoralliberal.com/2011/08/14/rush-education-in-a-republic/>

And, 1 new result for [progressive family philosophy] Summerhill school and the do-as-yer-like kids -The Guardian – “Former pupils look back ‘Our progressive, controversial alma mater’: Summerhill school …. He was a career criminal and my family life was very
disruptive …” <http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/aug/19/summerhill-school-at-90>

“The youth unemployment rate rose to 20.2%, up from 20% in the quarter to March. There were 949,000 16 to 24-year-olds without work, a rise of 15,000” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14555264 Baiting (taunting)  the ‘Menacing Underclass’ of Iain Duncan Smith (UK’s Nasty Party – ideology), social guru – eqiv, Republican Tea Party-ists, so on..,)”Britain is in “the last-chance saloon” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Chance_Saloon when it comes to solving the “social crisis” at the root of the riots, the work and pensions secretary has said” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14567422 “Mr Duncan Smith’s comments came hours after Prime Minister David Cameron had defended the courts for handing out “tough” sentences for those involved in the riots amid criticism from some MPs and campaigners that certain sentences were not proportionate to the crimes”. Dead Ends: Urban Poverty and Underclass Narratives in American  onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1540-5931.2011.00810.x/pdf  by D MUZZIO – Related articles
POVERTY, LIKE A TIGHT SHOE, HAS NEVER FIT AMERICA. IN A STATUS QUO society, with a place for everyone and everyone in his or her place, poverty might simply be a part of how things are. But in. America, land of opportunity and celebrator of hard work, home of the self-made man and can-do stick-to-it-iveness, Ref, Chapter 2 ‘Infrastructural Determinism’ R Ferguson – ‘Science, Materalism, And The Study Of Culture’ Murphy and Margolis, ISBN 0-8130-1413-1 Page 34 http://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=dabhkdJ_xQ4C&oi=fnd&pg=PA21&dq=%E2%80%99Science,+Materialism,+And+The+Study+Of+Culture%E2%80%99&ots=o5VMdcx-RI&sig=hTuLn4dmQtFggSDmA4QxfxS7Zpg#v=onepage&q&f=false “The proportion of 18 to 24-year-olds in England not in employment, education or training (Neet) has risen to 18.4%, official figures suggest” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14644613

Progressive family philosophy – “Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Annual Ruth First Memorial Lecture, School of Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, August 17 2011” http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71656?oid=251535&sn=Detail&pid=71616

“IBM has developed a microprocessor which it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14574747

BHA  – “Recently a proposed religious ‘Free School’ which said it would teach creationism worryingly reached the interview stage of its application. Everyday Champions Church, who are behind the proposal, stated that ‘Creationism will be taught as the belief of the leadership of the school. It will not be taught exclusively in the sciences, for example. At the same time, evolution will be taught as a theory.’ It’s clear that our work on evolution and creationism in schools is more vital than ever. Currently the petition has over 1,600 signatures, making it the 34thmost signed e-petition overall and second most signed one to do with education. Please click the link to sign the petition, and encourage everyone you know to too!”  http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1617 And, Religious Schools of the  UK – In the playground for faith and belief of bigotry and hatred, vicious ideology, and sexism, sectarianism and exclusion, lying to children and charlatanism – “Education Secretary Michael Gove is to examine claims the Catholic Education Service (CES) broke impartiality rules on the topic of gay marriage” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17883093

Have you been to, or even, thinking, of sending your children, to a Prep School; Public School; Separating; Divorcing; Living on your own, so on?.., maybe, think hard about it. Have some ‘back up’ hydrocortisone, or get tested; later in life, up to 60 years later; when you really might not feel so good!
“We are social creatures. Cortisol has also been linked to various types of separation. One widely studied form of separation is maternal separation. Following maternal separation, there is a significant increase in cortisol among both the mother and the infant. These changes are due to dysfunctions in the Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis during a critical period in childhood. One study found that cortisol levels significantly decreased in peer-reared Rhesus monkeys in comparison to mother-reared monkeys at the age of two years. This difference was significant at the mark of two years, and remained significant when tested again at three and a half years.[14] This study marks the importance of maternal care, showing that despite being raised by a large support group, Rhesus monkeys experience high increases in cortisol when raised without their mother.
These effects of maternal separation on cortisol also continue much later in life. One study which examined mid-aged men and women and found that separation lasting 1 or more years during childhood is associated with decreased levels of cortisol secretion, possibly symbolizing a diminished activity of the HPA axis.[15] Another study examined adults who were put in to foster care during World War II. Those separated from both of their parents had higher levels of cortisol in comparison to those who were not separated. These effects were seen more than 60 years after the childhood separation had occurred. This study also found that the length of separation did not affect hormonal responses. .[16]
These studies mark the importance of maternal care and its effect on cortisol levels not only during childhood separations, but also cortisol levels later in life. More research is needed in this area to be sure of the definite cause of different HPA axis functioning later in life. Also, future research is needed to be sure there is indeed a critical period for maternal separation and its resulting decrease in cortisol. .[15]
Aside from maternal separation, studies have found that increases in cortisol levels are also associated with romantic partner separations. These increases in cortisol were more commonly found when the partner who was left for a period of 4 to 6 days has a high attachment anxiety. This could be due to increased stress when their partner was away. But, further evidence is needed to identify the relationship between romantic separation and cortisol”.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortisol

Stone Age more crowded: “On the western fringes of Siberia, the Stone Age Denisova cave has surrendered precious treasure: a toe bone that could shed light on early humans’ promiscuous relations with their hominin cousins” http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128254.000-stone-age-toe-could-redraw-human-family-tree.html : My Word link: http://cid-a18bf3fcc5e126a2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Daddys%20Space%20The%20Gutter%20Or%20The%20Stars%20-%20Journal%20^0%20Book/The%20Prehistoric%20Mind.%20How%20did%20Prehistoric%20Man%20Think.%20The%20Primitive%20Mind^2docx

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My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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