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Corollaries of Corruption: how past religion poisons the present.

If we accept Biblical exhortations to consider Man as separate from, and having dominion over, nature, we end up with a global environmental crisis. If we we accept Christian interpretations that condemn young girls falling pregnant outside of wedlock, we … Continue reading

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Some light holiday reading: a student’s narrative on our education system

“Evolutionary Educational Neuroscience, Human Stupidity, and Why Jake’s Staying in Bed.” Warning. This essay contains infrequent coarse language which some readers might find offensive.   21 July 2009  1. Prologue Wherein the stage is set, and the purpose established.  “Jake, … Continue reading

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Preventing violence before it starts – with wellbeing education.

‘David’ a refugee from Africa, absolutely loved his Junior School teacher ‘Amelia’: she was the centre of his school experience, and he showered her with affection, gifts and notes about how special she was. When he went to Middle School … Continue reading

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Social Supports – they even trump genetics

About one-third of the population carry a genes which were originally thought to predispose people to depression, anxiety and unhappiness. But research by Yale’s Professor Kaufman shows that it is not this simple. If you have this genetic combination, you … Continue reading

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Loneliness Changes Your Brain – in a bad way.

Protracted social isolation of adult mice induced behavioral, transcriptional and ultrastructural changes in oligodendrocytes of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and impaired adult myelination. Social re-integration was sufficient to normalize behavioral and transcriptional changes. Short periods of isolation affected chromatin and … Continue reading

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Making sense of ‘senseless violence’

http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/2810/

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The Ultranot – if it wasn’t so serious, it would be funny.

This article appeared in today’s The Age newspaper. http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/government-it/clunky-outdated-ultranet-faces-an-uncertain-future-20121206-2aybz.html Just like medicine and engineering, education is an evidence-based profession, yet the Age’s story about the ‘ultranot’ demonstrates how our political leaders, bureaucrats and some educators simply don’t get this. The … Continue reading

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New youTube Channel on Wellbeing Education

thinkEd has started publishing educational videos on its wellbeing education program (called rockEd), which is based on the successful system used by the Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.com). What he has done for general education, we are aiming to do for wellbeing … Continue reading

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thinkEd’s Positive Education program featured in INSPIRE magazine

Sunshine Harvester Primary School’s program is featured in this month’s Department magazine. A great story about a great project (although it’s a pity the author can’t spell Irish surnames). See pages 28-30 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/news/inspirenov2012.pdf

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Government Funded Chaplains in Schools

First there was this well-written but misguided article by David Hastie http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/put-ideology-to-one-side-for-a-moment-and-look-at-the-work-chaplains-do-20120809-23×55.html Then this is the full version of our reply published the following day (published at http://www.theage.com.au/national/letters/dereliction-of-duty-20120810-23zxd.html) Sir/Madam Kudos to David Hastie for being the first Christian I have read … Continue reading

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