19 September 2010

Children & Education

goat I was thinking how Equality can be practically applied in regards with children and education.

I imagined me being the teacher of young kids who aren’t skilled in reading etc – taking them to the Animal Farm.

We see a goat and the kids all excited and hugging and petting the animal – some not – they are maybe a bit scared of this animal that is bigger than themselves :)

So, we are there to learn about words and living beings and living words.

I tell the kids: well, this animal-being is what we call ‘goat’. We have agreed to all use this particular word ‘goat’ to point out all animal-beings that have the same characteristics. Look at this animal-being-goat: look at his eyes, his nose, his mouth, his fur, four legs/feel how his fur feels like, touch him gently/smell his smell/listen to him breathing, the particular sounds he makes, his ‘beeeh’…

We should not teach kids to link words to pictures in a picture book – the word should be linked to a real, tangible experience.

Just some pondering about how to practically apply Equality


07 September 2010

Taking care of myself financially - paperwork

eendje Listening to the video’s about the Income Plan etc and thinking about myself possibly being able to take care of myself financially, well, it is exciting. Also fear comes up. To let go of the comfortability of being taking care of by the system, financially. Which will inevitably ‘fall’, probably very soon, because the ‘social system’ in Holland will be limited – so this comfortzone will disappear anyway.

Also, the idea of having to pay taxes, well, not the paying in itself but all the paperwork it involves – ah, I have resisted this. Even when there was a chance I could get some money back, I wouldn’t go for it, because of the paperwork. I really, really do not like all this bureaucracy, this ‘endless filling in forms’, sometimes more than once, again the same one. I once made a mistake and had to pay 800 euro’s! I knew this wasn’t right so I phoned the ‘taxes’ and luckely they reduced it to 200 euro’s – still 200 euro’s too many, I didn’t owe them a dime, but I paid so I could ‘go on with my life’.

So, yes, this is what I resist – I do not want to have to do all these paperwork things.



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