Alrighty … so the power of language is well documented (*never more enjoyably than in THIS EPISODE of the podcast “On Being”) and just lately I’ve been playing with “get to” instead of “have to”, or “should”.
I have to feed the calf. I have to organise an early dinner for my kids tonight, so we can go out. I should weed my veggie garden. I should write that essay.
I get to feed the calf. I get to organise an early dinner for my kids tonight, so we can go out. I get to weed my veggie garden. I get to write that essay.
Reminds me to have gratitude for the blessings that are wrapped up in those sentences. Reminds me to look for the blessings.
Quick link dump, then.
Fab article here about the many and unexpected benefits of teaching kids philosophy in schools (YUM!!) Even pro-business publications are making the case for it!
Parents want some life skills in schools, too, apparently. Could we categorise philosophising as a life skill? Man, teachers are going to be busy.
Good paper here, balanced and calm writing about adolescents and tech. FLIP. We gotta set some limits.
(OH MY GOODNESS it works here too. Instead of “We have to set limits on our kids’ and our own tech use …We get to set limits on our kids’ and our own tech use. Empowering. Yeah!)
Anyway, This is a quote from that aforementioned paper:
The Pew Internet and American Life Project Foundation synthesized results from their survey of over 1000 technology stakeholders and critics in a report with the less-than-decisive, but I think ultimately accurate, title of “Millennials will benefit and suffer due to their hyperconnected lives”
Here is a list of scary things about the internet (with an outdated Halloween theme. Sorry.) And here is an article by a doctor from Harvard about what parents need to know (*Get to know!!) about children and mobile digital devices. Kids and cellphones. Y’know.
In other news, I was super proud of the kiwi doctor who has had self care put in the medical oath. Is it called Hippocratic?
Finally, for joy’s sake:
Flower beards: I love them SO MUCH.