lunes, 14 de mayo de 2012


Almost one-in-10 primary schools  in UK could be closed or taken over amid growing concerns over “chronic” under-performance in English and maths, according to official league tables published today.

British Schools curricula (compare Spanish school´s performances)

The latest primary school league tables show children's test performance in English and maths taken in the final year of primary school in England.

NEW!   THE PARADOX OF CHOICE de Barry Schwartz (Video)


     Structure in School Ohio State
     University of Viterbo
        Thirteenth Annual Institute:  Educational and Legal Issues of Educating Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
        Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
          Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies
             Gregory Martin

1.Critical Pedagogy as Community Praxis , by Gregory Martin Dave Hill


H.E. Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Casina Pio IV / V-00120 Vatican City,  E-mail:

     Shaking up education

        No place for a child 

        Doing less for Britain's allegedly unhappy children might be the best policy, The Economist, Dec 13th 2007  
     Exploring the universe of knowledge
        Absolute Astronomy
        Society / Nature / People / Science / History

 AKAMASOA : Les objectifs
      AKAMASOA ( « les bons amis ») est une association humanitaire malgache qui a été créée par le Père Pedro OPEKA en 1989.
Elle a pour but d’assurer la réhabilitation humaine et la réinsertion économique et sociale des plus pauvres.

Art & Architecture  
     Leon Battista Alberti and the Arts in Florence between Reason and Beauty

   Phenomenology  Newsletter

     “On the Hither Side of Depth”: An Architectural Pedagogy of Engagement, by Rachel McCann (2005)

     The Puget Sound Commercial Geoduck Industry as an Example, by Marion Dumon (spring 2005)

        Intimate Immensity in the Preschool Playroom: A Topo-analysis of Children’s Play, Rodney Teague
        [...] Bachelard’s conception of space is very different from the way people typically think of space. He interrogates space not as mathematical, geometric, scientific,  infinite or empty, but rather as imaginal and poetic. He describes his method as a “recourse to the phenomenology of the imagination... understood as a study of the phenomenon of the poetic image when it emerges into the consciousness as a direct product of the heart, soul and being of [the person]” [...]
        The philosopher Karsten Harries writes that a key task of architecture is “interpreting the world as a meaningful order in which the individual can find his place in the midst of nature and in the midst of a community” (Harries 1993, p. 51). Harries argues that, too often, buildings don’t respond to the needs of human dwelling because they are made arbitrarily instead of being let to arise out of the real-world requirements of particular people, places and landscapes.

     Giotto (Ambrogio Bondone, detto) 1267 - 1337

     Giotto has become the symbol of a profound renewal in the history of Western figurative arts, and of the first radical renewal since ancient Greece.
"He converted the art of painting from Greek to Latin and brought in the modern era" - this is Cennino Cennini's synthesis fifty years after Giotto's death, underscoring the revolutionary character of Giotto's painting.      

     Duomo of Florence

     Assisi, Upper Basilica - Basilica Superiore

     Sistine Chapel
     Wall paintings
     Last Judgement

     Lin Wong
     A Phenomenology of Commuting by Bicycle, by Lin Wong (2005)
     In developing this phenomenology of cycling, I draw on my 20-minute bike commute between my home and the University of Toronto’s main library. I supplement my firsthand experiences with commentary from several popular accounts of cycling in general and urban cycling in particular. Phenomenology recognizes that the lived meaning of the environment reveals itself within a holistic context of understanding (Stefanovic 2000, p. 69). As such, I realize that my past experiences as a bike courier influence and enhance my commuting experience on the same streets that I once rode for my work.

Religion (See Religion)
     All about the Holy See
L´Osservatore Romano
    Weekly Edition in English 6 May 2009

    [...] Of the Protocols themselves little need be said in the way of introduction. The book in which they are embodied was first published in the year 1897 by Philip Stepanov for private circulation among his intimate friends. The first time Nilus published them was in 1901 in a book called The Great Within the Small and reprinted in 1905. A copy of this is in the British Museum bearing the date of its reception, August 10, 1906. All copies that were known to exist in Russia were destroyed in the Kerensky regime, and under his successors the possession of a copy by anyone in Soviet land was a crime sufficient to ensure the owner's of being shot on sight [...]

    When an international mass circulation magazine like The Reader's Digest decides to run an article on the documents generally known as The Protocols, in which Eric Butler and The League of Rights are critically mentioned, there must be a purpose. About the same time as The Reader's Digest article, which basically regurgitates the view that these documents are either a forgery or a fabrication, the Oxford University Press released a publication, The Right Road, by Dr. Andrew Moore, senior lecturer in Australian history at the University of Western Sydney.

     Introduction to 'The (Digital) Cultural Industry', by Geoff Cox, Joasia Krysa & Anya Lewin
    The interaction between culture and economy was famously explored by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer by the term ‘Kulturindustrie’ (The Culture Industry) to describe the production of mass culture and power relations between capitalist producers and mass consumers (1997 [1947])

    This events noticeboard is for announcements about events, conferences, etc that may be of general interest to the companies working on the Science Park. To add your event, send the details to

Philosophy  (See Philosophy) 

In The Aesthetics of Decay, Dylan Trigg confronts the remnants from the fallout of post-industrialism and postmodernism. Through a considered analysis of memory, place, and nostalgia, Trigg argues that the decline of reason enables a critique of progress to emerge. In this ambitious work, Trigg aims to reassess the direction of progress by situating it in a spatial context. In doing so, he applies his critique of rationality to modern ruins. The derelict factory, abandoned asylum, and urban alleyway all become allies in Trigg's attack on a fixed image of temporality and progress. The Aesthetics of Decay offers a model of post-rational aesthetics in which spatial order is challenged by an affirmative ethics of ruin.
     EDRA Conference Intensive, Veracruz, Mexico, 28 May 2008, by Robert Walsh
      Walsh is a licensed architect in California; a design instructor at Lawrence Technical University in Southfield, Michigan; and a doctoral student at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Over 16 years beginning in 1988, he studied and worked with architect Christopher Alexander on an intermittent basis, first carpentering on an Alexander-designed house; then earning a masters degree from Berkeley in 1992; and, last, working as an architect in Alexander’s office.

     Empirical Findings from The Nature of Order, by Christopher Alexander

     Architect, scientist, and writer Christopher Alexander is one of the most remarkable thinkers and makers of our time. His many books include A Pattern Language (1977), The Timeless Way of Building (1979), and A Foreshadowing of Twenty-First Century Art: The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets (1993). This essay is his recent effort to distill the major discoveries in his masterful four-volume The Nature of Order (2002-2005), published by the Center for Environmental Structure in Berkeley, CA.

 Ecology  (See Ecology  &  Water )

    Congo, DR: The Inga hydropower project, a betrayal of social promises

    WWF  for a living planet!
       The La Plata basin is the 2nd largest river basin in South America.
    Location The Rio de la Plata crosses 5 countries: Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Bolivia. The river basin has 3 main tributaries, the Paraná, the Paraguay and the  Uruguay Rivers.
   Theses and Dissertations are available for viewing from the HWR Library to HWR students, staff, and faculty, with exchange of CAT card for viewing privileges

    Going nowhere fast: top rivers face mounting threats 

    Many Major Rivers in Danger of Drying Out - WWF Story by Douwe Miedema

  WWF says pollution, dams threaten rivers  By Eliane Engeler, Associated Press Writer

   Protected Areas as Constructed Organizations, by H J E Penna (See Protected Areas)    Faculty of Economic Sciences/Universidad de Buenos Aires, Cordoba 2122/C1120 BUENOS AIRES AAQ/ARGENTINA. Mailing address: Espinosa 1963/C1416 BUENOS AIRES CEQ/ARGENTINA, e-m:

   "No political organization effectively exists to give the whole globe visibility, for unlike nation-states the earth has no external enemy. (164)". "The region, [...] is far too large to be known directly […] (159) […] "Regions, to the extent that they lack a solid political base, lack visibility" (163) (Tuan 1975)

    Commentary, by Timothy Garton Ash. (See Economy)
    Studies of public opinion bring out other strands.  A June 1992 Gallup poll found that 75% of the population do not expect life to improve for the next generation of Americans--not too surprising, given that real wages have been dropping for 20 years, with an accelerated decline under Reaganite 
"conservatism," which also managed to extend the cloud over the college-educated.
The 3rd world view: 09/01/2003 - 10/01/2003 (See Economy)
    By Joseph E. Stiglit, a Nobel laureate in economics, is Professor of Economics at Columbia University and was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers ...

    A series of international meetings and seminars held in Latin America and elsewhere in 1990-1991 indicate a common evaluation of the nature of Latin America's crisis, its dominant tendencies and counter-tendencies, and a constellation of surprisingly coinciding alternatives. All this takes place at a historical moment dominated by the crisis of model and theory as well as of an alternative vision of society and history itself.

Si terrà a Firenze, dal 26 al 30 maggio, il Convegno internazionale di studi “Il caso Galileo. Una rilettura storica, filosofica, teologica”, organizzato dall’Istituto Stensen dei gesuiti di Firenze. L’inaugurazione – è stato annunciato oggi durante la conferenza stampa di presentazione delle iniziative della Santa Sede per l’Anno dell’astronomia - si svolgerà il 26 maggio nella basilica di Santa Croce, dove si trova la tomba di Galileo.

    Parks for Tomorrow 2008 - Conference on Parks and Protected Areas
    May 8-13 2008 in Calgary, Alberta Canada

    Call for papers
    The Departments for Geography, History, and the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary are pleased to invite paper proposals for "Canadian Parks for Tomorrow 2008".Submissions are strongly encouraged from interdisciplinary backgrounds that address conservation and management issues from different angles, including - but not limited to - geography, environmental sciences, political science, biology, sociology, history, economics and law.

Faculty of Economic Sciences/Universidad de Buenos Aires, Cordoba 2122/C1120 BUENOS AIRES AAQ/ARGENTINA. Mailing address: Espinosa 1963/C1416 BUENOS AIRES CEQ/ARGENTINA, e-m:
        "No political organization effectively exists to give the whole globe visibility, for unlike nation-states the earth has no external enemy. (164)". "The region, [...] is far too large to be known directly […] (159) […] "Regions, to the extent that they lack a solid political base, lack visibility" (163) (Tuan 1975)

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