George Orwell with a native sword, a souvenir of his Burmese days.
Seeing Wolvserpent last night was a self affirming experience.
Black Mask anarchist collective - Wall Street 1967
'Nature is there for a lot of people but it is being lost. It represents so much more than a trip to the woods. It should challenge people to engage with some of the more fundamentally important things that make us humans in the wild, not people in the park with our iphones. Nature is the only thing that serves to remind us of where we came from. That and space.' - James Kelly
THROW OUT CHRIST AND BRING BACK THOR
'The young seem to fear boredom more than virtually anything else.'
'They have been conditioned to believe anything that is not immediately easy is threatening. No wonder third-level lecturers often complain about the calibre of thinking among students these days. (The quality of teaching at third level could do with a shake-up, too.)'
'The ability to reflect, make connections, analyse, appreciate and wonder surely constitute the heart of education. Naturally, you need basic skills like the ability to sustain attention and focus before you can do that.'
'This vision of education will seem to some elitist, unrealistic and irrelevant with regard to young people facing recession, unemployment and emigration. But maybe the utilitarian vision of education that saw its primary purpose as providing docile workforces for multinationals was unrealistic, too.'
'The young already face a world that would have been the stuff of science fiction for their parents. Unimaginable challenges in the shape of peak oil and climate change are looming. Education matters more than ever. However, an educational system that is prisoner to every passing fad is not educational.'
'In an era where we face larger class sizes, the possible demise of transition year and reduction in subject choices, it is even more important to reject a purely utilitarian view of education.'
'Short-term cuts in education lead to long-term issues. Children with special needs and children from disadvantaged backgrounds will suffer greatly from bigger class sizes and the lack of special needs assistants.'
'Education is not a luxury to be dumped when money is tight.'
'Living in a new world does not mean abandoning all the insights of older generations.'
- From Breda O’Brien’s article; ‘Utilitarian view of education must be denied’ published in The Irish Times 20/8/2011
I think Ash Borer make sense to me.