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The Real Cost of Super Lice

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

When kids are sent home from school because of head lice, the part of a parent’s brain that is not in full panic/revulsion mode is often busy adding up the inevitable costs. There may be lost wages and various transportation and childcare costs on top of the actual cost of treatment. The last thing that anyone in this position wants to hear is that the treatment might not even work.

More and more lice are becoming resistant to the common insecticidal shampoos. They call them Super Lice and if a poison doesn’t make them go extinct on your child’s head the first time, chances are the 2nd or third try won’t be any better.

My wife and I went through this ordeal. We wasted time and money on the conventional treatments before finding an effective method in an obscure article in a UK medical journal. If you are worried about super lice, check out Super-Lice.com where you can get a detailed plan of action that is effective, economical and best of all non-toxic.

Democratic Schools

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Here is a link to a page that lists Democratic Schools.

Here is a link to a page that lists Democratic Countries.

Freedom House is an NGO that monitors the legitimacy of democracies. If countries could be listed as democratic simply by describing themselves as such, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic would be on the list.

I am aware of some Democratic schools that are about as democratic as the afore mentioned countries.

Democracy stops at home. In a typical democratic school, all important decisions are ostensibly put to a vote in which all students and all staff have one vote each. If too many of the staff members are also parents of attending students there is an almost irresistable temptation to subvert democracy. You would think that parents who want to take part in a democratic school would hold the institution of democracy with higher regard. To my mind, even exerting pressure for children to attend meetings and vote freely is a subversion of democracy.

Many schools that are democratic also subscribe to the notion of academic freedom. In principle these schools allow children to use any resources allowable by the laws of the land for their chosen endeavors. This is the issue that is the catalyst for the subversion of democracy. Parents wish to envoke censorship and the only way for them to do so is through the democratic process.

I have observed the degradation of democracy first hand, and in some ways, I am grateful for the experience. On the off chance that some kids at a free school happen upon this post I would urge them to be responsible and vigilant with regards to their democracy. The same goes for everyone who lives in a democratic country, even moreso.