Friday, 1 January 2010

Why is it ?our kids leave school even in the 21st century with huge debts hanging over them…

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I was sitting wondering why with all the resources ploughed into our schools ( and the fact you are forced to go to school for 10 years or so) our kids are still leaving education  with huge debts chained around  their necks.
My dream is one day our kids will leave education already with a blog/web site running and displaying their work be it music ,artist poetry what ever the talent you have been blessed with ,our schools will learn to find the talent and bring on each pupil not by some form of rigid set of rules
and during their time at school we can show them how to run a blog/site  which will enable them to be financially independent .
In fact the time spent at school their blogs/sites will generate money for the school which in turn will mean that the Scottish parliament will have more money to spend caring for the elderly ,ensuring all houses in Scotland  both produce their own electricity and harvest water again freeing them from unfair fuel costs … 
but bye the time the kids of today reach that age they will be independent of needs..
It has always been my belief that my wee nation of Scotland has shared so much with the world ,it is a disgrace that our kids are burdened with huge debts 
Our wee nation should be proud and shout to the world we have a dream
and the future of our kids will be able to have a  life of freedom a life spend caring ,thinking and planning a time when we respect the world we live in .
I believe that schools should be a beacon not only for our children but for the whole community ,the hopes ,dreams ,awe and wonder should flow from them and brighten the world of nay sayers ..
But  maybe it is just as people say, what do i know
“your just an Bl****y idiot …” ringing in my ear as i head off up the hill ..

peace and light
Andy the dafthermit
off to the wee wood burner

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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