Human Relations at School

Human relations in a democratic society must be shaped by free and independent individuals. Schools must therefore work to promote the equality of men and women. Schools must endeavor to lay the foundations of solidarity with disadvantaged groups in this country and abroad. They must actively promote the inclusion of immigrants in this country in the community. They must also lay the foundations of a determination to seek peaceful solutions to conflicts. This means that schools must aim to develop in pupils a capacity for empathy and for understanding other people’s conditions, and also a will to act in the best interests of other people as well as oneself.

Schools supplement the influence and upbringing provided in the home. The main burden of responsibility always rests with the home. Schools are jointly responsible with homes for the pupils’ development into democratic and responsible individuals. The adult members of the school community must support parents in their task of bringing up their children. Conversely, schools are entitled to expect parental support for their work. lt is very important that parents should also accept and endeavor to promote the principles and rules of democracy. In this way children and young person’s can see that homes and schools belong to the same community.  

The upbringing and personal development of children are indissolubly connected with their work in acquiring and developing knowledge and skills. The circumstances in which children and young person’s acquire knowledge and skills therefore have an important bearing on their upbringing. We are concerned here with the whole of the spirit characterizing a school. The expectations and demands of adults and the part which they play through their words and actions as examples to children and young person’s influence the self-image acquired by the younger generation and also their attitudes towards knowledge work and ethical questions.  

Activities in schools, as in the community at large, are founded on policy decisions democratically made. These decisions are manifested in laws and regulations. Pupils, like adults, have to comply with these rules. At the same time as schools are quite firm on this point, they must make it clear that legislation must never be used as a means of suppressing human rights and liberties.  

The common democratic way of life which schools, is to act in close co-operation with homes, are to transmit to children, and implies that adults should endeavor to bring up their children with the least possible element of coercion. They must endeavor to root ethical norms in the children’s own personalities and in their practical surroundings. Human ethical development is never stimulated by blind obedience, but nor is it stimulated by indifference on the part of adults. A child’s morals are shaped by contact and community with people whom it trusts and wants to resemble.  

Children must be enabled to ponder moral problems and conflicts of norms and also to assume responsibility for solving such problems in practical everyday situations. Our common basic values accommodate many problems and conflicts. Collisions between goals and reality should not be glossed over. Questions concerning conflicts, their causes and solutions, must be brought out in conversations and discussions in many connections. Schools must actively induce children to adopt standpoints concerning these matters.  

Starting on the basis of common values, every class and school must draw up the rules which children, school staff and parents together agree are necessary in order for the work and social life of the class and the school to run smoothly. These rules of everyday life must be felt to be important iu the actual prevailing  situation, and they must be consistently adhered to. It must also be jointly decided what are to be the consequences of various infringements of the rules.  

Rules must be continuously evaluated by pupils, teachers and parents together. Every child and adult must assume personal responsibility for agreements being kept. At the same time, each individual needs the support of the others. The responsibility and concern of the stronger for the weaker must be clearly emphasized.  

Being useful, being acknowledged for one’s sake, being allowed to assume responsibility -these are palpable and fundamental needs among alI children. The adults and children in each individual school must accept the practical consequences of this fact in relation to the conditions applying at their particular schools. Respect for human dignity and respect for others must also provide the ethical foundation of school work concerning matters where people in this country embrace different values.  

Hardly a day passes without school work touching on matters involving different opinions. This applies to questions of belief, to politics, to social values or morals, and it can apply to attitudes towards humanity, interpretations of history and style and taste. Schools admit children from all walks of society and all opinion groupings. All parents must be able to send their children to school with the same conviction and assurance that schools will not condition them in favor of one or the other of mutually conflicting views and opinions. The instruction provided by schools in matters where opinions vary must therefore be empirical and objective.  

Schools must be amenable to the manifestation of differing values and opinions, and they must assert the importance of personal commitment. At the same time, schools must assert the essential values of our democracy and must clearly dissociate themselves from everything which conflicts with those values. Thus schools must not adopt a posture of neutrality or passivity concerning the fundamental values of democratic society. Instead they must deliberately promote these values and educate pupils to respect them.  

Drone Aerial Photography

The addition of cameras to drones may have just changed the way many industries run forever. They can be used to check areas that were previously impossible to see such as piping when checking safety and security, they can be used to keep control of policing situations such as riots and protests and they are even used in movies. Look out for it next time you watch a film, normally the video will start in the air like a plane and then move across giving the viewer a wonderful aerial shot that will be remembered.

Most drones that are available nowadays come with a built-in camera and a high quality one at that. If you own an old quadrotor and are looking to attach a camera of your own then a ‘GoPro’ camera is a good option however, you do have to consider the vibrations of the drone as this will affect the quality of the pictures that you take as well as the videos that you shoot. Built-in cameras offer a much more reliable quality consistently. Before shooting your first video you may also want to invest in a transmitter that will allow you to increase the range of connectivity when flying as well as broadcast video live from your drone.

You may look at some pictures that have been taken on a drone and compare them to yours and wonder how in earth theirs look so good yet yours barely classify as a picture. Here are some tips to remember when taking pictures or shooting videos from your drone!

Firstly, your camera is likely to get knocked around by the wind whilst in the air so make sure you are using a shorter lens to counteract this. If you couple a short lens with a fast shutter speed, you are likely to see dramatic improvements in your photography right away. A good rule of thumb to receive top quality is around 1/1000 second at 200mm and 1/500 second at 100mm. These combinations will allow you to take sharp, crisp photos no matter what conditions.

Another great tip when taking pictures from your drone is to set your camera to high contrast if haze becomes a problem (which it often does). If the problem is really bad to the point where you are getting black and white video, you may also want to shoot with a red filter. Normally, using any sort of filters such as ‘UV’ and ‘Haze’ tends to worsen the picture quality when in the air but the red filter will help to add colour.

Of course, it is important to have fun when attempting photography with your drone but you also have to remain sensible at all times. Do not go out on the streets on your first day having never flown a drone before because this can actually be quite dangerous. Also, think about where you are flying your drone; avoid flying near an airport where you could be causing serious problems. It all comes down to confidence and this will come with practice. The more you practice, the more you will learn and therefore the better your pictures will get!

Are Humans a Bunch of Morons?

Are humans divine creatures endowed with the form of the creator? Or are humans like any other species on the Planet? Are humans as special as they make themselves out to be or do they have flaws like any other creature in the animal kingdom? Are Humans a Bunch of Morons so egocentric that they believe they, above all are beyond any other species?

From the outside looking in at the species one may feel that humans are hopeless indeed, perhaps bashing humans because they appear to all be a bunch of morons. Does this offend you human? Well, as for you personally well we are discussing this issue so perhaps you yourself may not be included in that grouping even if you are human. Maybe you are above the race, which so often sinks to the lowest common denominator when even something small is a miss? Rioting in the streets like there is no tomorrow.

Honestly now how many people do you actually know who have not surrendered their minds to the mass media hysteria, television and purported rhetoric? Unenlightened, wasteful, religious borderline cultish nut cases and blind to reality; how many people do you know who have already put their minds on a shelf and surrendered them.

With that said; would you say that the human species could use a little modification? Or would you say that we must remain human and pure, that God would not have wanted us to tinker with his creation, even though we find our species in decay, with IQ levels, falling in every civilization in the present period? Some find the argument against re-designing this species shallow at best. What if we could make ourselves smarter, more healthy and stronger through advances in science? Should we? Do you believe that humans are currently de-evolving into a dummying down affect?

What if some wish to remain human and others wish to move forward and progress the species? Should fear of change hold us back, religious dogma or choosing not to choose, thus becoming a “no vote” for future technological advances? Can we perhaps divide the species and allow the choice. Unfortunately we know what happens when one group envies that of another, and if the species is divided by equal one will succeed the other, as that is a human trait too. Humans as they say are mostly harmless, but they can be a complete pain in the butt they way they carry on and one observing humans may come to a conclusion that yes they are a bunch of morons? Yet where do we go from here, as the time is coming near to make a decision on the matter. Think on this abstract thought for a moment.

An Ad Hoc Discussion on Innovation

For the leading think tanks, labs and entrepreneurial innovators innovation is the key. An original thought can turn to gold with the correct team. Many thoughts fall by the way side, yet should be considered in more detail. Sometimes very good thoughts are moved forward without regard to the problems anticipated which will cause a future failure of the product, yet sometimes the human gut instinct says; “Let’s do it; we can figure out the details later!” A dangerous and risky proposition, yet many an invention was taken forward in this way and sometimes it takes risks to see it through.

One dilemma of the innovators is what will be the next invention needed? How can you follow the trends to figure it out? How can you predict the future? Indeed thinking ahead is not that hard if you watch all the trends simultaneously, actually it to me seems almost impossible not to do. And yet all the humans run around with turned off brains and think you are brilliant for merely pointing out the obvious. Some trends are so obvious that only a few people ever put them together. But the innovative groups must to survive. Unless they have money to burn and can simply better the efforts of the first innovative prototypes and buy up those companies.

Well, with Gates, he does not have to be “First to Market” he can be second and take all the new innovations and put them together and have the better consumer “Widget Mouse Trap,” hell that’s what everyone would do, if they had the funding. Risk reward is always an issue with Bureaucratic Large groups and labs, thus you need to keep is running within special teams of innovative talent in my opinion.

One of the groups, which does this well is DARPA, although some say they could do it better, they always seem to bring the right teams together. Indeed they are not the only superstars of innovation, as a few really smart companies which allow the creative geniuses their computers, drawing boards and brilliance that comes with baggage can often come up with an incredible break through very quickly. But the creative innovators need some slack and they have quirks and needs. So, if we want their minds then we must insure that they can whatever they need to move forward in a semi-structured path with limited boundaries. Then they do it simply because they love to do it, then every one wins. Plato talked of this in the Republic; allow everyman to do what he is best at and alleviate them from what they are not good at. Entrepreneurs should not be forced to fill out forms or do accounting or wear ties for instance you see? Think on this in 2006.

Telepathic Merging of Consciousness Between Facilitator and Nonverbal Autistic Typist

Facilitated communication (FC) is the process used to help nonverbal individuals with severe autism to express themselves by typing with the help of a designated “facilitator.” In dealing with those labeled “autistic,” the facilitator’s role is to offer physical and emotional support to the nonverbal person, who then transmits his or her responses either through typing or some other means, such as word cards. Sometimes the facilitator lends a hand, wrist, or arm for support. At other times, the facilitator simply sits next to the typist and focuses on the keyboard and the material being typed.

At this point, FC remains a controversial process. Physical and emotional support are obviously part of the process, but my experience tells me that there is also a complex energetic and telepathic aspect. In fact, my observations have raised many unanswered questions that I hope will inspire further study. For example:

  • Why do I usually hear the word or words in my head before they are typed?
  • Why do I need to know the questions being asked?
  • When another facilitator and I support the same person, why do the typist’s responses to open-ended questions sometimes differ?
  • When I give support to several nonverbal typists at the same time, why do they resonate with each other to the point of being able to complete each other’s sentences?
  • Why are the typists I work with restricted by the language I speak, my vocabulary, and my knowledge base?

Skeptics simply dismiss the process of Facilitated Communication-FC, as facilitator motor influence-Clever Hans Syndrome, or the act of subconsciously giving an animal or person the necessary cues to complete a task. But when the typist is striking the correct keys without arm or wrist support, but still requires a person to touch or sit next to him in order to communicate, both skeptics and supporters are at a loss for an explanation. Supporters say the person is typing independently, even though he is dependent on proximity control and a shared focus. They suggest that the person sitting next to him is merely there to provide emotional support. Yet my sense from my own experience is that there is an energetic merging of consciousness that goes deeper than simple telepathy. This occurs with or without arm support, but in my experience, my intent and focus actually increase when physical support is not given and the communication through typing is solely dependent on proximity control for its expression.

Recently, one of my nonverbal friends typed me a facilitated message in which she told me that she was impressing images on my brainstem and that I was instantaneously and unconsciously finding the right words for the thought forms she was impressing. If that’s true, that would explain why I hear each word in my head right before she types it. She also suggested that she accesses and transmits messages from higher spiritual realms in a similar fashion. She first receives an impression from the higher realm and then impresses it upon my brainstem. This viewpoint helps explain some of my unanswered questions, as mentioned above. For example:

  • Why are messages often spiritual in nature?
  • Why are nonverbal individuals with autism restricted by the language, knowledge base, bias, and vocabulary of the facilitator?
  • The person with autism seems to have access to his partner’s knowledge base. Is facilitator’s range of knowledge what limits the range of expression?
  • Why do my biases sometimes leak through?

Since facilitators have a stronger hold on ego-based thought, they should constantly guard against allowing their individual biases to influence the person typing. Contradictory opinions are often typed when the same facilitator pairs with different partners. My passion is to help autistic individuals strengthen their conscious egos so that they can express their opinions without being influenced by other sources. Until then, I continue to acknowledge facilitator influence as a possibility. In the meantime, important decisions or opinions that potentially impact nonverbal individual or other people need additional validation through having the typist answer important questions with multiple partners. Observation of body language, behavior, and alternate independent forms of communication also need to be used.

My personal feeling about this partnership is that it can potentially enhance the facilitator’s higher self and soul knowledge. But as enticing and exciting as this may be, it depends on its acknowledgement as a possibility and needs to be consciously explored. The process is complex and truly fascinating. In my own experience, the responses to questions I’ve received sometimes come across as metaphorical or visual. There are also times when I seem to understand more than just the words I hear, and my understanding takes the form of a direct kind of knowing that’s difficult to describe in words. In those moments, my simple mind is receiving a minute glimpse of the interdimensional interplay of a multitude of thought forms, all racing to the surface for expression but limited by my individual knowledge base, understanding, and the restrictions of our language-based system of communication. I view this type of communication as their gift to me, and deeply appreciate it, but I do not believe it should supercede my commitment to help them feel more comfortable in their bodies and strengthen their conscious based thoughts and decisions.

These experiences leave me wanting to know more about this expanded consciousness and mode of communication. The implications it has for our evolution are enormous. Imagine, for example the benefit of pairing these insightful souls with specialists, those with precise knowledge in various fields and the vocabulary needed to explain it. For instance, researchers working on a cure for cancer could learn to partner with these brilliant souls, who would then be able to add insight to their findings and enhance their present level of understanding.

As a curious person who has experienced this phenomenon with many nonverbal children and adults, I want to know how it works! These amazing souls have so much to teach us. It’s time to give them a chance to prove themselves, which begins with honestly and openly exploring and discussing all aspects of their mind-boggling and truly amazing reality. I would love to come together with others who use FC and similar partner dependent strategies, such as Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), and who are willing to let go of their preconceived ideas and ask these amazing souls to help us understand. It astounds me that people are not coming out of the woodwork to share this amazing dynamic. But until then, and whether or not they do, I will continue to pose questions to my friends with autism, both individually and collectively, and to share with them the intuitive thoughts that pass between us.

If you have any interest in sharing your experience, please feel free to get in touch or comment.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein