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"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, December 2, 2014

Under New School Regulation, Quality to Drop Along With the ‘International’

Little Notice: International schools will be subject to sweeping changes, including to their names and operations, as of today

Jakarta Globe, Dec 01, 2014

The Jakarta International School. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

Jakarta. A little-known but far-reaching regulation kicks in today that threatens to water down the quality of education at some of Indonesia’s top schools, and could see the schools shut down unless they drop the “international” from their name.

Under an Education Ministry regulation issued in May this year, all international schools in the country have until Dec. 1 to comply with sweeping changes in how they can operate, which the ministry contends is aimed at weeding out low-quality schools that charge a premium by adding “international” to their name.

“The regulation was issued because many schools here claim to be international schools, when in fact their quality and what they teach are no different from what regular schools offer,” Ibnu Hamad, a ministry spokesman, said on Sunday.

He added that this applied even if the schools really did offer an international curriculum or were internationally accredited.

“They can explain elsewhere that they use an international curriculum or whatever, but they can’t use ‘international’ in their name,” Ibnu told the Jakarta Globe.

This would apply to the Jakarta International School, widely considered the best school in the country, and also the likes of the British and Australian international schools, Ibnu said.

However, the ministerial regulation states that existing international schools will be split into two categories: LPA, or foreign education institutions, and SPK, or joint cooperation schools.

A school like the British International School would qualify as an LPA because it is affiliated with a foreign entity, in this case the British Embassy, and hence would be permitted to keep the “international” in its name.

SPK schools, which are locally owned but employ an international curriculum or are internationally accredited, like JIS or Sekolah Pelita Harapan International, would no longer be allowed to call themselves “international.” Ibnu said JIS could be renamed “Joint Cooperation School Indonesia-America, Australia and Britain,” although this seems highly unlikely.

For schools like JIS that have built a strong international brand, the name-change regulation could have an adverse effect. However, other stipulations in the regulation threaten to exacerbate the problem.

For instance, the regulation obliges SPK schools to provide lessons in Islam, Indonesian language, civic education and Indonesian history to their Indonesian students.

These same students will also have to take the much-despised national exams at the end of the sixth, ninth and 12th grades — something they have been spared so far as students at schools running international curricula.

Indonesian students will also be barred from LPA schools, which will only be open to citizens of the foreign entity/embassy affiliated with the school.

Foreign students at SPK schools, meanwhile, will be required to study Indonesian language and culture.

“That will allow them to have an intercultural and multicultural understanding of Indonesia,” Ibnu said.

In addition, any SPK wanting to teach subjects involving a religion outside of the six officially recognized by the government must obtain permission from the Religious Affairs Ministry.

While the deadline for schools to comply with all the changes is today, the Education Ministry has said nothing about accommodating those affected by the changes — especially the students.

It is unclear whether Indonesian students at LPA schools like British International or Australian International will now have to drop out, or whether 12th graders at SPK schools like JIS and SPH will have to take the national exams in May, on top of having to complete their International Baccalaureate program.

The new education minister, Anies Baswedan, has indicated he will not stop the new rules from going into place, saying on Saturday that he had not received any objections from schools affected by the regulation.

The regulation, conceived at least two years ago, was part of a wider push by the Education Ministry in the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration to make the national education system reflect “Indonesian values,” including by putting more emphasis on civics, morality and Islamic education, as in the new and much-criticized curriculum introduced in 2013.

Critics say the new direction that the Indonesian education system is being dragged toward essentially dumbs down the system, threatening to undermine the competitiveness of Indonesian graduates in an increasingly globalized world.

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