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The pope wrote that the principle of legitimate personal defense isn’t adequate justification to execute someone. Photograph: Zuma/Rex

Obama becomes first president to visit US prison (US Justice Systems / Human Rights)

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US President Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)

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Woman who spent 23 years on US death row cleared (Photo: dpa)


"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Indonesian Language a Casualty of Poor Teaching, Parents’ Preference for English

Jakarta Globe, Putri Prameshwari, May 03, 2010

Education experts feel that students are no longer proud of the Indonesian language and that too much emphasis is placed on learning foreign languages. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

Two-year-old Alvaro Zafransyah is Indonesian, with both his parents born and raised here, but at his home in Jakarta he is encouraged to speak English exclusively.

Milla Narendra, Alvaro’s mother, said that she had been teaching her son English ever since he was a baby.

“English is the second mother language these days,” she said. “I want my son to get used to it as early as possible.”

Many other parents are taking the same approach as Milla nowadays — teaching their children English, and even Mandarin, from an early age. Their aim is to make it easier for their kids to flourish in an era when both languages are deemed to be of vital importance.

However, the trend of studying a second language may be having an unintended side-effect. Next week, 80,000 of the 154,000 senior high school students who failed the recent national examinations exams are set to repeat their Indonesian language tests.

Education Minister Muhammad Nuh said he was surprised to see how many students flunked their Indonesian language paper.

“Indonesian language and biology were the two subjects that most students failed,” he said.

Ibnu Wahyudi, a lecturer at the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Cultural Studies, said the desire to speak English dated back to the 1990s, when the country began opening up to multinational companies and foreign investors.

The trend picked up steam after the fall of Suharto, when previously-banned books and movies in English began appearing in the country. The Internet era began at the same time.

But Ibnu is of the opinion that there is “something wrong with the way parents force their children to speak English.”

He said that even though it was good for children to be able to speak English, parents must know when to start teaching them the language. “As Indonesians, why not teach them how to speak their own language first?”

“This is a case of inferiority,” Ibnu added, adding that people tended to feel more sophisticated and accepted in society when they spoke English.

Satria Dharma, chairman of the Teachers Club, an independent association, said the amount of English that parents used in daily conversation with their children made the language more attractive to learn than Indonesian. He added, however, that schools needed to strike a balance.

“It’s not a problem if parents want to use English intensively with their children,” Satria said, “but sadly, it is not balanced by good Indonesian classes in school.”

Both Ibnu and Satria said the government must address this issue.

Satria said the national tongue was one of the weakest subjects taught in school. “Indonesian language lessons are currently not interesting enough for children,” he said.

In schools, he said, the curriculum concentrated more on basic theories of Indonesian language rather than how it could be practiced every day. Ibnu added that another problem was the lack of suitable reading material printed in Indonesian.

“They read English books, watch English movies and even update their Facebook status in English, even though it’s all grammatically incorrect,” he said, adding that children seemed to think that it was better to write in broken English than in perfect Indonesian.

Ibnu said that the government must immediately try to rekindle students’ interest in the Indonesian language even though the era of globalization was forcing them to learn English.

“[The government’s] homework is how to make Indonesian children proud of their own language,” he said, “even if it takes a whole new generation to do so.”

Mansyur Ramli, head of the Education Ministry’s research and development division, said that now the exam results were out, the ministry could start assessing which subjects should be evaluated and improved next year.

“Indonesian language is certainly one of the subjects we will look deeper into,” he said.

Satria added that the government must review the curriculum and see if the Indonesian language taught in classes met the students needs or not.

For Milla, however, English remains a must for her son.

“You can do virtually nothing [in life] if you can’t speak English,” she said.

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