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Education for Life: self-empowerment


Educational opportunities. Educational self-empowerment, Books, videos, adult education, resources, self help, learning opportunities.


Themes related to Education for Life: self-empowerment include Popular posts , Psychology , books and music ; particularly the Music Lessons.



recent Education for Life: self-empowerment posts

alcohol damaging children in UK

300,000 children in the UK severely affected by parental alcohol problems. 3,000,000 live with some alcohol problems. And it never makes the news or the political agenda. I wonder why ... denial? http://www.nacoa.org.uk/ #URNotAlone tags: children, alcohol, health, education, denial

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healthy diet and poverty

Unplugged from food corporations I've heard some alarming tales from friends who work with people trapped in poverty and debt. The worst cases, due to the tax and benefits nightmare orchestrated by successive governments, are all people working full-time. Usually, they are working so many hours that they find it difficult to make the best decisions about what to eat. Understandably, when

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advertising, corporations, diet, documentary, education, fast food, freedom, health, matrix, poverty, video, wellbeing,
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Global Atlas for the Blind

A government department in India has succeeded in making a complete atlas of the world for the visually impaired, using braille. On January 3, at the Indian Science Congress held here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the director of NATMO, Tapti Banerjee with the 'National Award for Science and Technology Intervention in Empowering the Physically Challenged' in recognition of this

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disability, disability aids, education, popular, popular science,
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piano lessons free online part 2

Take no notice of 'part 3' (on Youtube)! This is the second video in the course:  complete free online learning to play the piano.  As ever, take your time and learn good habits from a pro, before you make a habit of doing whatever seems easiest!  Complete beginners might like to sit slightly left of middle C, but will gravitate towards middle C as they use the whole keyboard. Tags:

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education, music, music lessons, piano, piano lessons, video,
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Institutional Corruption Finance in US politics

Lawrence Lessig on Institutional Corruption—Finance, 10.23.14. Lecture 2 of 5.  In this second lecture of the 2014–2015 Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Lecture Series, Lawrence Lessig explores the ambiguities of “institutional corruption” in our financial system.  This is the second lecture in a five week series presented in the autumn of 2014 at the University of Chicago. tags: 

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corporations, corruption, democracy, documentary, education, pathological wealth,
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psychology, consciousness, ego in very young children

As I often say - Nothing can penetrate the institutional mind, more specifically, its preconceptions. Fortunately, psychology scientists have decided to test the assumption that pre-school children are very bad at hiding because they they are egocentric - they often just cover their eyes when asked to hide. The new research shows that they also believe that THEY can't see another if the

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children, consciousness, education, institutional mind, popular science, psychology,
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DIY projects education for children

TED Resident Fawn Qiu designs fun, low-cost projects that use familiar materials like paper and fabric to introduce engineering to kids. In this quick, clever talk, she shares how nontraditional workshops like hers can change the perception of technology and inspire students to participate in creating it.  easy_diy_projects_for_kid_engineers   Educational video to inspire creative

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books, children, DIY, documentary, education, engineering, video,
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Protest votes in politics - best outcome: sociology psychology education

Given that Trump and Clinton both serve the pathologically wealthy, who chose, in effect, both candidates, the best possible outcome to the protest votes, which have made Donald Duck the president of USA and exited Little England from the civilising and cooperative possibilities of Europe, is that the protest voters become a little more conscious. My 'sociological research' (listening to

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education, fantasy, hope, politics, psychology, sociology,
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rachmaninoff paganini Stephen Hough piano video music

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - BBC Proms 2013 (Stephen Hough : Piano )  With educational introduction featuring the pianist video - music and composer   Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - BBC Proms 2013 (Stephen Hough : Piano ) Sakari Oramo: conductor (The BBC Symphony Orchestra's Chief Conductor ) Presenter: Katie Derham at the Royal Albert Hall - London

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Schools Kill Creativity - the remedy ...

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. e.g. World Class ballerina (incapable of thinking without moving) was nearly labelled 'problem student'. She was one of the very few lucky ones that met a education 'professional' that was awake. Related: books, creativity, documentary,

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books, creativity, documentary, education, psychology, video,
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eating disorder psychology triggered by fad diet

The ever-growing (and conflicting) 'expert' advice about what to eat, and what not to eat, is now creating problems for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond. In 18 years specialising in “body dissatisfaction” psychology, clinical psychologist Louise Adams has never seen as many women of all ages with food issues; food anxiety is at epidemic proportions, thanks to the ubiquitous influence of

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advertising, corporations, diet, education, psychology, superfoods,
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eating healthy on a budget

Recent shopping trips have made two facts very plain:  1. Many customers, much younger than I, look extremely physically unfit/unwell.  2. Many customers look and sound bewildered when deciding what to buy  They would be less vulnerable to the mischief of food corporations' TV advertising and packaging if they had a list. Even better if it is a " food for wellbeing on a budget" list !

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advertising, diet, education, food, poverty, wellbeing,
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Capital for 21st Century

An excellent book, and I hope it gives me a complete picture of what is really going on in the world of money and business, and the bloody corporate matrix. I refer of course to Thomas Piketty -Capital in the Twenty-First Century  a book based on facts, to counter the nonsense spoken by vested interests. Very recently I was subjected to 2 supposedly educated, supposedly adult people ranting

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books, economics, education, freedom, hope, matrix, psychology,
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fruit and veg win Oz champions league ...

An analysis of health and longevity related to diet and lifestyle in Australia has determined that a lack of fruit and vegetables in the diet does more harm than saturated fats and sugary drinks. Obesity, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases are all exacerbated by lifestyle choices. The report defines 'disease burden' as premature death or years "lived" with ill-health and or disability.

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alcohol, diabetes, education, health, obesity, wellbeing,
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beware dietary misinformation

 It is really important to find source materials rather than 'blogging for profit' articles when planning a healthy diet ... Quote: "vegetarian foods are not a great source of protein." source: http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/low-protein-diet-plan-for-people-suffering-from-gout-f0416/ I'm not a vegetarian, but the 2 most concentrated forms of protein in my kitchen  are both

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diet, education, freefrom, internet, popular science, Social media,
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Debt Valley - and the route to escape

tags: advice, diet, poverty, support, wellbeing, debt There is an excellent documentary on the BBC about the debt trap aimed at very poor people, and the burgeoning loans / pawn shop "industry" that profits from it. Debt Valley video Succumbing to such problems tends to run in families, because the children learn what they see, and lack role models that would be helpful. FOOD BILLS

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advice, debt, diet, documentary, education, fast food, poverty, support, video, wellbeing,
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learning piano #1

From the same tutor as learning the violin An introduction to the keys on the piano - the meaning of the octave. Alison has 40 lessons on YouTube for budding pianists. One a week would see you a reasonable pianist within a year! Related: education, music, music lessons, piano, piano lessons

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education, music, music lessons, piano, piano lessons,
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Violin - Lessons 5 - Learning the open string notes

This lesson introduces open string exercises with very basic (simple) sheet music. crochets (1 beat), quavers (1/2) and minims (2). As Alison says, it is a really good idea to form good habits, before you develop any bad ones! Related: music, music lessons, violin lessons #1, education, free lessons

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violin lessons #4 - bowing the strings

Aim to bow the strings midway between the bridge and the fingerboard. All the bowing comes from arm movement from the elbow, not the shoulder. There are several ways to practice this and form a good habit: standing with your back to the wall; practising by a mirror. If you often saw wood (I do!) this is DIFFERENT!! It is advisable to persevere with this exercise until it has formed

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education, miscellany 1, music lessons, video, violin, violin lessons,
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violin lessons #3 - open string notes

Learning the notes on the violin without fingering the strings. Learn to tune your violin and name the open string notes.  Using coloured markers to identify the 1st and 3rd finger positions on the fingerboard (major 2nd and perfect 4th above the open string notes). Related: education, music lessons, video, violin, violin lessons, free lessons

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violin lessons #2 - know your violin

The parts of the violin. What they are called and what they accomplish. know your violin - video The chin rest. Most beginners violins come with a chin rest, but it is often worth a few pounds to get something more comfortable.  A good music shop will help you decide what is best for you. A bad music shop will encourage you to spend as much as possible ...  The tailpiece. Even many

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education, free lessons, music lessons, video, violin, violin lessons,
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Violin lessons #1 - beginners: the bow

Violin lesson - beginners: the bow music lessons for the violin. I'm a complete novice at playing the violin, but very fine musicians - no matter what instrument - all agree. Learn good habits before you progress to playing tunes. Bad habits are hard to un-learn, and bowing is crucial for the violin. This first lesson is how to hold the violin and the bow. tags: education, music

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Piano Lessons - Beginners

Piano Lessons For Beginners - Lesson 1 A leisurely introduction for complete beginners to piano playing. Take your time! Subsequent lessons build on this foundation. tags: education, music lessons, piano, piano lessons part 2, video 

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education, music lessons, piano, piano lessons, video,
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Bad advice is freely given

Tibestian Book of the Undead - part 4 (brainwashing, corporate/banking matrix, education, freedom, vampires ...) the diary (2nd edition) of a 360 year old vampire Oh for the days when I used to wander through the lanes on my annual migration from Turkey  to France, and back ... Peace and quiescence, familiar creaks from the caravan as my horse plods along, pausing at particularly lush

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brainwashing, corporations, education, fiction, freedom, matrix, popular, satire, spirit, TibestianUndead, updated, vampires,
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rainbow of fruit and veg for perfect diet - phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals

rainbow of fruit and veg for perfect diet - phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals.  Eating a rainbow of colour is an energizing way to add more vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals to our diets.  While supplements and energy drinks can add vitamins and minerals, we cannot come close to getting the thousands of phytochemicals found in colourful fruits and vegetables. via wellbeing news

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education, fast food, fruit, health, minerals, phytochemicals, poverty, vegetables, vitamins,
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Free Voice Training exercises

Vocal training exercises for beginners (and beyond). These are explained well, and there's lots more from Eric Arceneaux for keen singers. Vocal Warmup - Opening Up The Voice Vocal Warmup - Increasing Vocal Range Vocal Warmup - Improving Vocal Tone (Freeing The Throat) Vocal Warmup - Strengthening The Voice Typical comments: "I'm literally amazed right now

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education, health, music, music lessons, singing, video, wellbeing,
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institutions, preconceptions and collective myths

A thought for the day, as it were! Dire institutions cannot see truth through their fiction that blinds A collective illusion there's nothing can pierce institutional minds Happy (and open-minded) New Year

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education, institutional mind, meaningful poems, open minds, poems, psychology,
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learning Russian / Cyrillic alphabet

The Penguin book The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners  http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416/ has a very good introduction, but could make more of the fact that many letters are borrowed from Greek. For example N is pronounced ee ! This makes sense once you realise N represents the Greek letter eta. Having waded through the

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books, education, language, symbolic,
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

Also published as a play. The story begins with Christopher Boone, narrating the story in the first person, present tense, discovering a dead dog in his neighbours garden.  The dog has been impaled with a garden fork. Christopher has an unusual psychology - he can't tell lies, his psychology makes it difficult to filter what he says in terms of 'regular' social norms, and he likes mystery

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Asperger syndrome, children, education, fiction, gardens, Mark Haddon,
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Psychology - The Science of Mind and Behaviour

By Richard Gross . This fourth edition is an introduction to psychology that adopts a modular approach that is in line with significant recent developments.  The text has been revised and updated, featuring chapters on health psychology, criminological psychology and social psychology of sport, with new topics including parapsychology and substance abuse.  The comprehensive, up-to-date

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books, education, health, psychology, wellbeing,
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Grantchester Grind -Tom-Sharpe

Grantchester Grind Brilliant satire by Tom Sharpe. A novel set in the fictional Porterhouse college at Cambridge, which bears a striking resemblance to Peterhouse :) featuring excellent caricatures of academic types; not entirely believable, but with many recognisable traits :) apparently this is now also available on audio cassette. Currently, the paperback book is £6.99 at amazon, Kindle

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Your Baby and Child - Penelope Leach

Highly recommended by my sister, in the vain hope that the resolutely ignorant might read it ... or read anything. The average review on Amazon is well over 4 (out of 5) and there's a 36% reduction in price at present (July 2013). In the 21st century we know a child's psychological development and well-being is just as important as any physical need. Here Penelope Leach brings together

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books, children, education, hope, psychology,
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Parenting - 2015 in the UK

There was very distressing news in the Independent newspaper. Despite initiatives by government to provide pre-school classes and social workers, it seems more than half of the nation's five year old children begin school lacking the most basic skills.  For example being able to hold a pencil or communicate in comprehensible English. Poverty and cuts have been blamed, but how much does it

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children, corporations, education, fast food, mass media, matrix, poverty, Social media,
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optimum nutrition and poverty

Very bad 'health' news from the poor districts in South Wales. Following on from our article on the 'superfoods' that aren't widely promoted by the food 'industry', here is very sad news that victims of such corporations believe that fresh fruit and vegetables are more expensive than junk food, fast food and convenience foods. Scurvy and rickets are both reappearing in children; deficiency

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corporations, documentary, education, fast food, health, poverty, video, vitamins, wellbeing,
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Individual freedom versus corporations

I asked my pal in Illinois why the area he lives is so sparsely populated and yet Chicago (the nearest very big city) is bursting at the seams: "They move to the city for jobs, but ... Even the city jobs are few. America isn't what the rest of the world envisions it to be any more. I just read an article recently which said Americans need to realize that the 'golden' age of America is over.

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advertising, corporations, education, freedom, housing, matrix, mental health, poverty, self-sufficiency,
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optimum food for free range hens - sprouting wheat for vitamins

It is clear to me, having kept 'free range' hens, that layers pellets are not the only food they need or like. They clearly like grass, especially young short shoots, but in the winter the grass either doesn't grow here (Cornwall) or it is drowned and the hens turn the whole plot to mud if they have access. I also feed mixed poultry corn: 90% wheat and 10 % maize, but several facts have led to

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agriculture, books, Cornwall, education, freedom, freefrom, poultry, self-sufficiency, vitamins,
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creating healthy eating habits for children

The site eatright.org has a section dedicated to childrens eating habits resources/for-kids They have identified a 3 part strategy to help children develop good habits and knowledge of healthy nutrition. This involves being with the parent(s) during all 3 stages of food from the shop (or garden) to the table. 1. Involving the children in the decisions one makes at the food store. What is a

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children, diet, education, gardens, health, lifestyle, wellbeing,
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