Conservation Pledge vs. Pledge of Allegiance

Conservation PledgeAs a sustainable life advocate I’m continual educating myself about sustainability in all its forms. Just this month I discovered the The Outdoor Life Conservation Pledge the pledge was written in 1946 for Outdoor Life’s membership. They boast that Presidents Harry S Truman was included in their membership. President Truman was a champion of conservation. The pledge is short and to the point.

I pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of America. I promise to educate future generations so they may become caretakers of our water, air, land and wildlife.

Al Gore was also a member of The Outdoor and took this pledge. What keeps running through my mind, why weren’t  we all taking this pledge in school? The Conservation Pledge clearly supports sustainable industry.

Instead I grew up like most, taking the Pledge of Allegiance.  

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Exactly what does this pledge mean?

  1. Pledging to abide by the rules of display and care of our flag.
  2. Pledging allegiance to elected individuals and giving them power to organize my state or country.
  3.  Pledging allegiance to one Nation under God. (there is continual debate to take ‘under god’ out of the pledge.)
  4. Pledging to never divide or separate (to separate into two or pieces.)
  5. Pledging to liberty (the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely).
  6. Pledging justice for all (the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals).

The Pledge of Allegiance was composed by Colonel George Balch in 1887, revised by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The last  change took place in 1954 when the words “under God” were added.

Congressional sessions open with the recital of the Pledge, as do some government and private organizations, schools and the Supreme Court.

Now, as I look closely at the Pledge of Allegiance it seems a narrow and self-absorbed pledge when compared to Conservation Pledge. The Pledge of Allegiance does nothing to address the sustainability of our nation and does nothing to make sure our basic needs as a people are secured; our air, water, land and wildlife are kept safe. The Pledge of Allegiance instead leaves it up to a few people to decide what our priorities should be. Our centuries of imitation prove that we have let a few men and industry dominate and create a diabolical trail of destructive development. The masses of people have worked and played idly by while industries destructive behavior continues. It is time for a new pledge. A sustainable pledge.

I’m not baffled by why President’s Truman and Al Gore did not insist that the Conservation Pledge be adopted by Congress.Why? Because industry for centuries has always held a tight reign on ‘elected officials’.  Industry will never be okay with a sustainable pledge. Industry will never will be okay and want to allow a pledge which cares for our natural resources, educates future generations so they may become caretakers of our water, air, land and wildlife. I am baffled that the 1887 pledge, with such narrow and self-absorbed content, has not been re-written.

Our nation needs a reform in what we pledge to. We need a pledge to sustainability! A pledge of this nature will bring us to a nation we can be proud.

Happy Conservation Pledge Trails!

 

The Next Big Thing: The Most Fascinating and Fantastic Machine in Existence

Know Thyself“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.” – World Education

The majority of the human race have little knowledge about how incredibly we are. Our body is made up of millions of synchronized single-celled organisms.  Each cell doing a specific job, taking on every exposure. Everything we eat, breath and drink effects all our millions of organisms. The wellness, sickness and disease of our society gives evidence to what exposures’ we’ve allowed in our world. We are changing with every breath we take.

I believe World Education when they say,

“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.”

Our society has departmentalized and standardized education until it is choking every bit of creativity out of our children; giving focus to certain things and minimizing the importance of other things, and leaving some things entirely out. Education should mirror the human body and work in synchronization!

I believe the Ancient Sages, all seven, from Greece. They were philosophers, statesmen and law-givers. They laid the foundation for western culture. They gathered in Delphi to inscribe “know thyself” at the entry to its sacred oracle. They believed:

 Self-knowledge is all-encompassing. What is learned on one scale of experience can be applied to all scales. It is the highest form of knowledge, surpassing all other knowledge. Self-knowledge is also timeless, which means that what is gained in one era, benefits all subsequent generations.

What exactly does this statement mean? Philosophers have been talking about the meaning of this for centuries. Most focusing on philosophy and the mind. However, I believe the statement should be all-encompassing, include the entire human body system. Everything is connected in our bodies.

Self-knowledge. Knowing oneself. Who am I? Don’t we all want to know the answer? Yet, discovery has alluded us, been denied to the majority of us. All-encompassing. Means surrounding everything. So self-knowledge is surrounds everything. Having self-knowledge integrates all other knowledge; reading, writing, arithmetic, science, etc.. Self-knowledge is timeless. What we learn in one era, benefits all generations that follow.

Truer words were never spoken than what these ancient sages carved in stone. I want to feel good. I want my family and friends to feel good. I want to find out what is possible with my body. I have a feeling, as much as I’ve tried to be kind to myself over some 40 years, I’ve been battling unseen forces and toxins for decades. Playing catch up is difficult, time consuming, but oh so worth the journey.

Knowing what I know I am  doing a better job taking care of myself and my family. I’m spreading the word about the challenges each of us must take on if we are to heal ourselves, our families, our friends (furry or not). To overcome the challenges we have to take on the responsibility to insure that those who represent us in our governing bodies are on the same page. Making sure they are looking out for who they call the ‘ordinary’ population.

Open your heart, your mind and make or find time to know those you would have represent you. Let them know your are not just an ‘ordinary’ human, but with the correct attention to appropriate governing you have the potential to be an ‘extraordinary’ human being. It will take time to discover how truly remarkable we ‘ordinary’ humans are, but oh so worth the journey!

I’ve been traveling this road for about 40 years: I truly understand how the majority of us have been short changed in so many ways. Possibly one of our biggest challenges is to demand more time and study to what the ancient sages felt so strongly about: ‘Know Thyself”.

We can no longer afford to skip over educating ourselves about what makes us extraordinary and how we get there.  We owe it to our society to do ‘justice to our many parts’. We can no longer afford to be thought of as ‘ordinary’, when in fact each of us are extra-ordinary!  We can no longer give so much control over our bodies to doctors and pharmaceuticals.

We are more than a ‘workforce’ helping industry to be ‘competitive’. Our National Science Standards want

“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.”

The United States as of September 2014 was in 134 wars around the globe. You may ask, what does all these wars have to do with knowing who I am. Well, in my mind the trillions of dollars paid to corporations to fuel the wars diverts our tax dollars from what is truly important. I would rather the majority of these trillions of dollars be kept at home. Are you feeling better because of these wars? Do these trillions of dollars spent give you peace? Do they help you meet your mortgage? Keep you well?

I’m 72, I’ve worked all my life, still working. My terror is not in a far away place. My terror came with the notice that I would not get a raise in my Social Security. My terror comes from the fact that I will never get to stop working. My terror comes from affording to do and buy the things that keep me and my family well. Staying healthy and active is expensive. Terror is on our streets, in the faces of our homeless and poor. Ask these ‘ordinary’ people how they feel about all our wars around the globe.

Yes, those who would do harm to life on this planet must be stopped in their tracks. However, life on this planet takes many forms. We need to re-evaluate our priorities about whose life we are protecting and how we are protecting it. War  has been our ‘go to’ answer for centuries and men have been pulling the trigger for centuries.  We need to look at outcome and results. It’s no working. War does not benefit the majority of our citizens. The main beneficiary in war is corporations.

 

Age of Imitation

erma-bombeck1I’ve been thinking about ‘education reform’ for many years. Doing research, talking to teachers and looking at the most important curriculum that is being skipped over or entirely left out. A curriculum which would bring enormous change to the world we live in.

Confucius said,”Study your history and you may define your future.”

In the age of imitation, many outwardly follow along with things and inwardly fail to clarify their minds. Even if they do great works, they are not ultimate. In general, it is the baseness and vulgarity of the people with whom they associate that makes them that way. 

It is like the case of insects: if they gather on an ox, they do not fly more than a few paces; but if they stick to a swift horse, they can chase the wind and pursue the sun, simply because of the superiority of what they cleave to. So students should always chose carefully where they will stay, and always go with good people. Then eventually they can cut off  error and bias, approach balance and right and hear true words.” – Zen Lessons, The Art of Leadership

Extraordinary. I could not agree more. History is full of examples of our ‘age of imitation’. Humanities trail through history reflects how we imitate what we think is ‘ultimate’. Dictionaries define ‘ultimate’ as ‘the best or most extreme of its kind’.

standard_fantasticOur society has chosen to ‘fly only a few paces’.  Look at our history of warring. And yes, we are the ‘most extreme of our kind’ and the ‘best’ of our kind. However, given our history, the majority of us  do not ‘approach balance and right and hear true words’. We are still warring on every continent. Sickness and disease runs rampant. We majority have chosen to imitate a part of history that benefits only a few. And the ‘benefits’ are mostly unsustainable. We cling to a history which teaches ‘error and bias’. Inequality is everywhere. Poor choices which denies our true ‘ultimate’ human nature.

What does an ‘ultimate’ education look like?  Shouldn’t our education reflect only ‘the best’ of its kind’? Isn’t it our species, as thinking beings, moral obligation to make it so? Education of this kind will heal the planet and its inhabitants; create well being, joy and harmony. This is what I want. Lofty thoughts? Perhaps. Perhaps not. You may say, ‘how the heck can we do that’?

Education reform begins with our creating government officials who create a consistent mandatory curriculum foundation throughout our nation based on the ‘human body system’. We need 100% of our citizens participating in their governing. 

The foundation I speak to is a part of history we left behind and did not ‘imitate’.Know thyself’. Why did we ignore our ancient scholars? They believed to ‘Know Thyself’ was important enough to carve the message in stone, (imagine the time it took to carve one letter), they did not have lightning speed communication. This message was carved over the mythical tomb of Apollo. These ancient sages surmised that to ‘Know Thyself’ creates a rippling effect. They believed:

Self-knowledge is all-encompassing. What is learned on one scale of experience can be applied to all scales. It is the highest form of knowledge, surpassing all other knowledge. Self-knowledge is also timeless, which means that what is gained in one era, benefits all subsequent generations.”

This is the consistent mandatory curriculum foundation I want to see throughout our nation. Why?

Education World admits:

Spiritual“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.”

How can our society know so little about the human body in the 21st Century? Well, it is understandable when our National Science Standards curriculum’s focus is:

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.”

The first 14 words sums up the reason why we know so little about the human body system. Imagine what a different world this would be if we understood how to optimally maintain our bodies. It would change industries. Understanding how to optimally maintain our bodies would eliminate poisons in the world, our diets would be different, how we live would be in harmony with all life. Isn’t this what we want? Changing our focus in education will shake fortunes and will be fought ‘tooth and nail’! For once we understand  ourselves (supreme and ultimate beings) we will not want what is being shoved down our throats.

A teacher friend writes:

“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 jest, 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.”

I could give reason why this has happened and is happening, however, it’s a topic for another discussion.

Happy non-imitation trails!

Monetary systems: Flat Money, Barter, Gift Economy

Barter system2“Study your past if you want to define your future.” – Confucius

Bartering has a long history. I’ve been bartering in one way or another all my life. Interestingly, when I looked ‘bartering’ up I found out that ‘there is no evidence of a society or economy that relied primarily on barter. Non-monetary societies operated largely along the principles of gift economics.  Remember the movie ‘Pay It Forward’, well, someone knew their history or were able to tap into what ancient sages believed: ‘What is learned in one generation is passed onto the next’.

water heartHow do we go deep into ‘living from the heart’? Here’s hoping  you’re a ‘Taoist’ or a serious ‘Christian’. What we find in the world can be tiny and amazing. Love comes unexpected. Love comes with a whiff from the kitchen or a scent of pine as we trek through the forest. All the while we look for ways to lighten our load; cut expenses,  get things done and maybe find joy.

I love history, and now it’s so reachable. And just as Confucius said, ‘studying our history defines our destiny’. To me, it’s evident sentient beings have changed very little. We are like children who refuse to listen. We let the lessons of the past lay silent. Much of what we do simply does not work. How do we dig ourselves out?

moneyWe live in a time of the ‘shrinking dollar’. Jobs are almost non-existent and we try to ‘tighten our belts’, in far too many instances,  without starving. We struggle to find blame. Truth is, we’re all somewhat responsible for our circumstance.  Responsibility reaches far and wide. We each participated or did not participate in someway to bring us to this juncture.How can we make things easier on ourselves?

This may sound simplistic, however, increasing our bartering efforts may just be a tiny tip of how we dig out. ‘Hard times’ will not take care of itself. Some seem embarrassed when offering to barter. There is  nothing to be ashamed of; societies often turned to ‘bartering’ when in a time of  ‘money crisis’. And, we certainly can’t argue about the ‘money crisis’ we’re in.

In case you are unfamiliar with the bartering system; it is a method of exchange by which goods or services are exchanged for goods and services without using a medium of exchange like ‘money’. It’s usually ‘bilateral‘ and has always existed along side monetary systems. Most cultures of the world have based their ‘exchange system’ on ‘flat money’. And look at what most culture are experiencing!

Just to recap. The dollar bill is all but disappeared, it’s time to look at other strategies and integrate more of our heart into the economy; which may include a combination of  ‘monetary systems’; flat money, barter, gift economy and looking at new ways of supporting each other.  Let’s  increase our efforts to do these things.  Let’s think ‘outside the box’ a little more. We all know jobs are limited. The feed back about our circumstances seems bleak! But we humans are incredible, we always seem to get up after a fall.

Here are some things we can do to make life easier:

  1. Go over your expenses and cut back everywhere you can. I keep checking and finding things to cut back on.
  2. Barter whenever possible.
  3. Practice ‘gift economics’, mix it up.
  4. Get back to a more ‘need based’ economy as apposed to ‘want based’ (Century of Self).
  5. Call everyone you are doing business with and see what specials they might offer.
  6. Do more outdoor activities; hiking, camping, picnicing, etc.
  7. Support your Parks.
  8. Scrutinize every dollar you spend. Do I really need this?
  9. Be prepared for great things to happen.

City of Colorado Springs: Homelessness and Poverty

Tree Guard in Stratton Open Space

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September 3, 2015

Honorable Mayor Suthers and City Council Members,

I understand your dilemma with regard to the issue of people displaying themselves in what you have deemed as inappropriate places and in inappropriate manner.

It saddens me to see our beautiful city streets filled with poverty and homelessness. No one in our nation or the world should be living in such a manner! We the people have been lazy. You only have to look at our voting records and the state of so much dis-ease in the world to see how little involvement citizens have taken in governing ourselves better.

It is everyone’s job, not just yours to find positive and long term solutions to homelessness and poverty.  We are not alone in this struggle. Our entire nation struggles with this scourge on our planet. Now, our city has an incredible opportunity. We can become a beacon in this endeavor; if we all put our heads together and take time.

I believe you could postpone acting on ORD 9.2.112 and give the citizens, businesses and organizations of Colorado Springs an opportunity and time to assist you in coming up with more positive and long term solutions.

I have a few idea:

  1. Lets get our community businesses (Home Depot for instance) and people who have graciously contributed to Habitat for Humanity to rise to this emergency by creating more housing for the homeless.
  2. Lets began a City of Colorado Springs Work program which many of the homeless could fill; With this creative effort our tax dollars would be spent to give people pride and encouragement. Good will goes a very long way to keeping peace and justice!  Much more so than jail and fines.

These kinds of ideas are what is needed. Ideas which bring positive and long term solutions. I want to live in a city that shines and is a beacon for other cities. Colorado Springs can be that city if our focus and attention address the root causes of poverty and homelessness.

Thank you,

Gail Black

Limbo Dancing and Raising the Bar!

grass fedIt’s happening folks! Humanity is raising its’ consciousness bar, our dollars are talking and businesses are paying attention.

Due to our technological advancement, we can mobilize, organize, and connect with more people faster than ever! The information we are sharing is making an enormous impact on our culture. Good changes are occurring. We are ‘walking our talk’. A couple of recent events:

Thanks to Investor Demands, Wendy’s Will No Longer Be Slinging Soda to Kids

Wow! Maybe ‘kids’ can slow down. Who knows what will happen when they do…and who the heck are these ‘investors’, I want to shake their hands’.

“Wendy’s  joins McDonald’s, Subway, Chipotle, Arby’s, and Panera as the newest quick-serve restaurant to remove soda from its kids’ menu.”

‘Hat’s off’! Bravo! Good work! Well done! Brilliant!

Dude, They Found Your Carnitas: Chipotle Solves Its Pork Crisis

“Thanks to Niman Ranch’s emergency supply of humanely raised hogs, the meat will be returning to your burrito shortly.”

I don’t eat pork, just can’t. However, Chipotle is deffinately marching to its’ on kind of business drum…personally I’m excited about their ‘beat’. Who knows what else Chipotle has in mind. I’ve  a suspicion. You’re going to see more and more ‘Organic farmers’ at their doors! I’d also like to know more about Niman Ranch’s pork farm. I want to say thank you for rearing his pigs humanely and find out where else he sales his humanely raised pork.

We’re discovering and educating ourselves faster than ever about the good stuff. Our dollars are having a huge voice. It’s a language all industry understand and our dollars are changing our businesses.

It’s our ability to mobilize and organize and to get information out about these changes which are raising our bar on the kind of food we want.  Whether it’s a  ‘consciousness shift’ or for some other reason. It’s incredible to witness.

Hats off to all you ‘nerds’ for creating this technology!

The organic industry, and it is an industry, has a different consciousness, it’s an industry about sustaining the world with nourishing and growing without non-toxic chemicals, rearing healthy and happy livestock. Want a fun job and lasting job. Become an ‘organic’ anything it’s a sustaining and growing industry, growing faster than any other food industry!

Industry may not listen to just one of us, but when we put our voices together, we will be heard. Oh, one more ‘hats off’ Here’s to all the ‘tree huggers’ who never give up!

Happy Tree Hugging Trails!

 

My Dream

Once upon a time we reproduced to shun extinction. Now we must stop reproduction for the same reason.My Dream

is that we be more realistic about how many humans our world can sustain. Do we need to continually manipulate nature to support a population who seem to believe there is no boundaries to how many people our world can sustain?  Are the consequences we are witnessing not enough evidence of our mis-guided nature? Introducing poisons’ into the world to manipulate agriculture and feed an over-populated world; when you think about it, it’s a craziness.

My dream is that we are more thoughtful in our approach to bringing more and more humans to the the planet.

Is sex a form of entertainment? Is your only claim to fame having a baby…then our world is doomed! The challenges our children face are greater than what we adults in our mis-guided actions can presently correct. It’s appalling that we would bring more children here; believing life will be better for them and they can correct our mistakes. Is it fair to bring children into a world which is bursting at the seam and scrambling to sustain an already over-populated world which is continually at war, with systems of government who work for the rich? Governments who view it’s population as mere resources and pawns and care so little that every society has poverty and suffering…and its’ citizens say, ‘It’s okay that we have poverty and suffering, it’s always been this way’!

is that our development stops creeping in on wildlife habitat; that we continually expand spaces which acknowledge our inter-connectedness with nature and wildlife. My dream is for spaces that celebrate this connectedness; exciting and joyful places; places where bird songs, babbling brooks and the wind through the trees supply much of the entertainment we crave. Am I delusional?

My dream is that Offices’ of Economic Development and Public Finance around the world offer environmental incentives which have an extremely high tax break for people and business who want to move here and NOT drain or poison our resources, employee locally; and not destroy wildlife and natural habitats. Wildlife does not understand the ‘concrete jungle’ that keeps crumbling the land.

My dream is that all governments make education (free for everyone) and infrastructure (including agriculture) their priorities.

My dream is that everyone accepts their responsibility as a steward to our planet and understands what being a steward means: Setting aside our ‘wanting’ to look at what is ‘needed’.

 

Is this a crazy dream?

 

What Love is Like

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Love is finding and taking time to feel your body and give it what it needs to perform optimally. Love is taking time to know yourself. Love is finding and taking time to know yourself; discovering the fundamental truths of creation, evolution and involution of the world. Love is making and taking time to understand everything. I caught myself counting numbers and not feeling, I stopped right away.

The Power and Politics Behind What We Eat

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The more I read about pet food; the more I learn about human food and how the two are connected; which in turn brings me to the power and politics behind what we eat…and, more importantly three simple things you and I can do to make positive  changes! 

This story does not have a pretty beginning and is scary…however, I’ve fond that facing my fear does something amazing; I find myself feeling confident and strong. I love this kind of experience and keep coming back for more! So hang onto your hat and join me in facing some ugly and distasteful things that go on with our food. Think of it as ‘life and death’! And, we get be the hero of the story.

Ever wonder where dead animals go? Probably not. I didn’t until I started looking at why some pet foods were being recalled. I decided to be brave and go deep into the ‘why’. Don’t bury your head. We can get through this together and I promise there is a ray of hope at the end.

The classified ad read:

Help Wanted: person to operate bobcat mini-dozer; loading ‘raw material’ into a 10-foot-deep stainless-steel pit; operate giant auger-grinder.

Looking for work? Does this sound like your kind of job? You discover at the bottom of this ‘stainless-steel pit, a giant auger-grinder begins to turn and you hear popping bones and squeezing flesh. This is a gruesome nightmare! Who does this kind of job? I’ve been trying to find out the job title for the person who does this job. In one recent article I read these jobs are held by: Bandanna-masked men; undocumented workers from Mexico doing a dirty job that no one else wants to do. I wonder where these jobs are, what kind of pay …and where these ‘raw materials’ come from.

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The Most Fascinating and Fantastic Machine in Existence: Invisible in Education

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

How can this be true in the 21st Century?

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?  Why have we ignored our ancient scholars? They believed to ‘Know Thyself’ was important enough to carve the  message in stone over the mythical tomb of Apollo ! These ancient sages surmised that to ‘Know Thyself’ creates a rippling effect:

“Self-knowledge is all-encompassing. What is learned on one scale of experience can be applied to all scales. It is the highest form of knowledge, surpassing all other knowledge. Self-knowledge is also timeless, which means that what is gained in one era, benefits all subsequent generations.” 

A teacher friend 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.