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by Cousin It
Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:30 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

I looked up "The Power Within" on Amazon. It seems like one of those books that deify the leaders. Thanks for the suggestion but I had my fill of spin doctoring while in the school. When I left the school I found it very cathartic to give all such books away to friends who are still besott...
by Cousin It
Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:31 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

MacLaren used to fly first class? Wow.
Who paid for that?
Makes a bit of a joke of the way they used to whip the hat around to support the ashram.
by Cousin It
Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

Hi Joeblogs,
I like your thinking. The SES has a very narrow world view that they support by cherry picking various sources.
My favourite bit of SES stupidity is the way we used to hang on the words of the Shankaracharya and MacLaren. In hindsight they are just massively flawed individuals.
by Cousin It
Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

Bravo "not convinced yet". At last I have found someone who is prepared to engage with the material in a questioning way. When I look back on my 20 odd years in the school the comment of my mum is most apt. She says: "What were you thinking?" She is amazed that I did not question...
by Cousin It
Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:44 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

I am not going to discuss meditation or Hindu cosmology with you because I think it would be like waving a red rag in front of a bull with your present attitude. Have a good one! As far as I can tell my "attitude" (as you put it) is permanent and reasonable. In the school you are asked to...
by Cousin It
Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:02 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

Hi Tootsie,
You believe this stuff? Would it be impolite to ask for evidence to back up the bold (and nonsensical) claims you just made. Sounds like eastern mumbo jumbo to me.
by Cousin It
Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

Tootsie wrote:What kept me in school for 14 years was the hope that around the corner someone would make a breakthrough.

Ah yes, the mythical "full realisation". A creature much talked about but never actually seen. What a pipe dream!
You can't live your life chasing after windmills.
by Cousin It
Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:34 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

My personal experience is that people at the top of the School are on a bell shaped curve with the mean shifted a little in the direction of weird, introverted and depressed. There are some perfectly well-adjusted and happy people at the top as well as some total dysfunctional misfits. But, I don't ...
by Cousin It
Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:30 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: The Melbourne School
Replies: 208
Views: 87461

Re: The Melbourne School

Melanie is still in the School in Melbourne and has just recently got married. I don't know if she still does architecture.
by Cousin It
Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:02 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

I guess the teaching talent pool is severely restricted if membership of the SOP/SES is a pre-requisite. This becomes an issue in that most research on pedagogy indicates the quality of teachers is the critical single critical determinant of the quality of the education. The curriculum, ideology, r...
by Cousin It
Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:17 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

Good on you Daffy for your civil disobedience. This ties in with my point about discipline. The day school handles docile children very well. But children who like to think independently or who are strong willed are handled incredibly poorly. That explains why people had such different experiences a...
by Cousin It
Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

The day school still has problems with how it disciplines children. There must be something wrong in the "teaching" on education from the shankarachaya. I had a child in the day school in Melbourne. She is stubborn and will not do something if she does not think it makes sense. She lost a ...
by Cousin It
Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

Thanks stiltrubld. What I meant to say, was I can't imagine how an organisation that was so abusive of children has got away with it scot free. They behaved in a way that seems to me to have been cruel, damaging and sadistic yet have never been called to account or even apologised. Even the catholic...
by Cousin It
Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

I've altered this post because on re-reading it I realised it was a bit flippant and not really what I meant to say. Sorry for any offence.
by Cousin It
Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:43 pm
Forum: The Australian and NZ schools
Topic: Coming to terms with stupidity
Replies: 110
Views: 31122

Re: Coming to terms with stupidity

Yes, congratulations on a year and may this site prosper and the SES wither. I have been reading of the trauma so many suffered at the day school. What I don't understand is why there have been no legal cases over this. Why haven't a group of traumatised previous students taken the school to court t...

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