What is this ‘machine’? Any guesses? Hang on to your hat. It’s not what you think.

The mechanization of the ‘human body’ sounds cold and calculated to me; which I am not. I don’t like referring to my body as a machine. Nor does my Tai Chi Master. However, much of the scientific world does:

“The human body is the most fascinating and fantastic machine in existence. No one understands all of its many mysteries; and no single source can do justice to its many parts.” –  Education World

This being said, why the heck can’t I find any Human Body System curriculum  in the ‘New Standards for a New Generation K-12 Science Education‘? I looked and looked to find reference to ‘Human Body System’ education in these Standards from the ‘National Science Standards’ and could find nothing. Why, when no one seems to understand all of its many mysteries; and no single source can do justice to its many parts, is there no Human Body System curriculum in the National Science Standards? Would you check and see if I overlooked it?

I have a teacher friend. She said I could quote her ‘anonymously:

Learning about our bodies and how they work is one of the most important things we can learn in science class. I think I’ve learned more about it once I needed to understand how my body was malfunctioning (and that of my friends & family). There’s no standard that addresses “you are what you eat.” I wish I could create lessons about “stop eating processed foods because….” or “an acidic body, cancer, and you” or “there’s wheat flour and sugar in everything you eat” or “eat organic or else.” You get the jist, I’m sure. Our 7th graders have been studying the different systems in our body this semester, but it really is just an intro-level. I was lucky enough to be given a lot of control over the curriculum teaching in bush Alaska so during biology I emphasized (read-spent more time on) the human body systems.”

Her 7th grade class gets ‘just an ‘intro-level’ reference to the Human Body System! Ask your child how many joints are in her/his hand. Or, do you know? I didn’t until I took Tai Chi. Knowing so little about the human body, is there any wonder there is ever increasing suffering and disease in the world? What else can we expect when the Human Body System is invisible or just a footnote in our educational institutions! Oh, you say education about our bodies should be left up to the parents? Really? The majority of parents have not been educated about their bodies. Talking about ones body in my household was ‘Taboo’, and I suspect it was the same in most households.

How can we expect parents to address a topic considered to be the most fascinating and fantastic machine in existence, with no one understanding all of its many mysteries; and no single source doing justice to its many parts?  Considering this, how can we expect parents to educate their children about the Human Body System? The majority of the population does not know how their bodies work or how to take care of them.  When the curriculum set by our National Science Standards contains little or no reference to our Human Body System, how has this lack of knowledge affected the human race and continues to affect us?

Want to know our Next Generation of Science Standards focus?

“To address the critical issues of U.S. competitiveness and to better prepare the workforce, A Framework for K-12 Science Education proposes a new approach to K-12 science education that will capture students’ interest and provide them with the necessary foundational knowledge in the field.” 

Hmm, am I the only one who believes this field of focus is a little one sided? Let me get this straight. The Next Generation of Science Standards intend on providing our children with a ‘foundation of knowledge’ to assist businesses in being more competitive and to better prepare our children to work for businesses. Is that right?  Yes, I think it’s important for the U.S. to be ‘competitive’ and that we have a ‘prepared workforce’. However, I’m not sure this field should be the ‘foundational knowledge’ of our children. How is ‘U.S. competitiveness’ and a ‘prepared workforce’ more critical than the ‘most fascinating and fantastic machine in existence; where apparently ‘no one understands all of its many mysteries; and no single source can do justice to its many parts’? 

Who the heck is supporting these ‘New Standards’? They are businesses, scientists and educators, and the public.  In order to get the full picture of whose interests these standards are benefiting, you would need to get beyond the names. We know DuPont, Chevron and Eli Lilly. Do these businesses have our children’s best interests in mind? Do we want this Next Generation of Science Standards focus to be  ‘U. S.competitiveness’ and a ‘prepared workforce’? Or something more? I don’t have children. However, the first thing that comes to mind is that I’d like all children to be healthy, unafraid and strong. The Human Body System should not be ‘mysterious’. The Human Body System should not be ‘invisible’ or just a footnote in our curriculum.

It is imperative that our ‘Next Generation of Science Standards’ place equal emphasis on educating our children about The Human Body System; there must be  a single source who can do justice to its many parts. We are deserving of no less! Doing so will enhance and insure a healthy body (and Mind) for every child. 

When I was growing up, talking about my body or anyone’s body was taboo. And now, 65 years later, it’s still pretty much the same story. Why are we so afraid of leaning about how our bodies work? Why do the majority of schools barely allow an ‘intro-level’ about the Human Body System? The human body should be the foundation of our reading, writing and arithmetic! Then, as we grow, we understand our importance. We grow with the knowledge of  how best to maintain our bodies. We grow to have health and skills to better enter the workforce and help our businesses become more competitive. A people who have complete knowledge about their Human Body System is a healthy, strong and happy people. A people who can make better choices to maintain their health is the ultimate key to our nations critical problems!

Happy Educational Trails!



What’s Nipping at Your Heals?

by Gailstrail on December 6, 2013

helicopter1 horsesThere’s so many different things that can be nipping at our heals. For me, it’s animals on the run, furry little beasts that share my home, a friend with cancer, another friend who says I should write a book, Tai Chi, holidays, and how to juggle it all.

It’s 5 degrees. My terrier is unprepared for the cold and doesn’t have the proper coat. He’s perched on his crate and looks longingly at the birds and squirrels who feed out the window. I let them (my golden too) walk a block to the mail box and before we return to the house the terrier is already limping. I ordered him a winter coat and now think he needs booties as well. Now when I let them out there back in a flash…I think they get it.

My friend has really bad cancer. Her doctor says she should get her ‘affairs in order’. So I wonder how do we approach this with her. I go to sleep at night thinking how I would cope with such a task…not to mention the knowledge that I’ve little time left. I’m not sure what my friend has or has not done. My head goes reeling and I know there is no way I can imagine how she feels. Real or Not Real? The difference is mind boggling. There is a ‘team’ of friends who are coming together to support her in whatever way we can. Another friend says we should do a conference call and make a list of what needs to happen and who can do what. I think it’s a very good idea. Perhaps there is already a list out there. I shall see. Turns out there are hundreds of lists of things to do before one dies. Here’s one link

My friend Carol says I should write a book. I can almost count on one hand the number of people who read at The Way of Animals. I might say The Way of Animals is a book. There’s a title, content is listed; however, the content is apparently not compelling. Not slick enough. Not intriguing enough. Not ‘fast and furious’ enough. No fantasy. Where’s the ‘matrix’? Perhaps the characters could stand some embellishment. Ah, that does seem to be the ticket. Fantastic heroes and villains who leap off the page! Not a bad idea…it’s certainly worked for others. I could call it fiction! Does anyone since a ‘comic book’ in the making? This guy is one of my favorites. How cute is he? He represents the 1% of the 1% who control our world!


Now all I need to do is to go through the different articles and create characters. How fun is this? Anyone want to join the search? If so, ‘Subscribe’ (top right) and let me know. This may or may not be the correct approach, I’m sure someone, probably many someones, have written books on the proper approach to writing a book. However, I don’t want to spend my time there. I’d rather just write and create characters.

Now what was the focus of this ‘post’ about? Well, I started out explaining the ‘nipping’ at my heals. We’ve all got things nipping. Want to share some of what’s nipping at your heels?

Happy Trails!


Understanding Climate, Catastrophic Consequences and Changes

November 25, 2013

Tweet Climate seems like such a complicated issue…or do we make it so simply to keep from taking the appropriate steps to correct our behavior. Catastrophic consequences to humanities bad choices is leaving the worlds population with options we would rather not consider. However, we must not only consider, we must act now! “Climate is […]

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Americans Just Wanta Have Fun!

August 1, 2013

“The American public does not want to be uplifted, ennobled–it wants to be amused.” – Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Alice and I have much in common. She knew what many of us are aware of…I wonder what she would think if she were here today?

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A Planet of Super Beings

June 21, 2013

Tweet I went to many different churches when I was a young girl. My mother encouraged me to explore them all. Who was this Jesus Christ they were talking about?  All the churches agreed he was an extraordinary and  wonderful human being. I wanted to believe what they said.  However, truth be known, I followed the […]

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Your Planet Needs You: 20 Things You Can Do

April 3, 2013

Tweet In Colorado Springs, CO I have a good friend who forwarded me an email about the Springs Sustainability Snapshot Contest, which is brought to us by the Colorado Springs Office of Innovation and Sustainability. Does your city have an office of Innovation and Sustainability? If you live in Colorado Springs, you’re gonna want to know about this. If […]

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Same Sex Marriage: To Be or Not to Be

March 24, 2013

Tweet An historical moment in our history is about to occur this week. We are moving towards including the homosexual segment of our population. The Supreme Court is about to decide if Same Sex Marriage is a constitutional right; if same-sex marriage a class of people being discriminated against? Should same-sex marriage be judged the same as […]

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Ineffable Hunger: A Driving Force for Discovery

December 2, 2012

Tweet I listened as the teacher said to the young boy. “We each have a destiny; fulfilling this destiny is our purpose.” Do you understand what this teacher meant? Are you on the road to fulfilling your destiny? Or, has the road become dark and your path uncertain? Have you reached what seems to be […]

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The American Dream: A Fix For America

August 14, 2012

Tweet Walking the line between sensuality and reality leaves me a little dizzy. ‘Give me Freedom or give me Death’ is obsolete. There are varying shades of freedom and death in Blueray and Digital surrounding me. A colorful vortex sucks at my bones; luring me with promises that I know will leave me docile and […]

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Genesis: Trail Building the Planet

April 27, 2012

Tweet “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” John 8:32 (NIV) Firstly,  I’ve made many mistakes in my 69 years; bad judgement, cheated, lied, stolen and disrespected life.  Each of us, I believe can lay claim to some part of this statement.  Does it matter what our discretion? My […]

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