[IAEP] Sugar Digest 2013-08-22

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Fri Aug 23 18:19:07 EDT 2013


Spirituality for Kids seems to be closely associated with the Kabbalah Center.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabbalah_Centre


> On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM, James Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Walter,
>> Several points in your digest got my attention.  First, I like the Disreali
>> quote.  I have just finished writing a novel and I learned more from doing
>> that than from every literature class I ever took.  The funny thing is I had
>> been assigned to write short stories in high school, but my teachers never
>> told you how to go about it. I only learned the process from reading books
>> by Jack Woodford (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Woodford).  I wish I had
>> those books in high school. They explain everything. A lot of well known
>> authors learned how to make stories and novels from those books, including
>> Ray Bradbury.
>> Second, I am also an admirer of Flavio Danesse.  He has a website in Spanish
>> that is a great resource for a new Python programmer.  I agree that IDEs are
>> probably something to avoid when learning to program, at least the more
>> complex ones.  I learned C from Turbo C, which was not much more than an
>> editor with a compiler that let you click on a compile error and be taken to
>> the line in the editor that had the problem.  Something like that is
>> worthwhile.  Eric is pretty much just that for Python, plus syntax
>> highlighting.  If you mess up the indenting it will tell you.
>> I have a niece at Thomas Jefferson High School that I tutored in Java
>> programming.  Her books were written by her teachers and licensed using
>> Creative Commons, but apparently they weren't published anywhere.  They
>> didn't use IDEs either.  It was a tough class for some very bright kids.
>> Finally, the whole Spirituality For Kids thing.  I suppose people have
>> different ideas on what Spirituality is.  The website promotes astrology,
>> which I find kind of dubious.  I got all my ideas about Spirituality from my
>> wasted youth in the Hare Krishna movement, so I was hoping for something
>> more like my own education.  In the first lesson you'd learn how "You're not
>> that body!" and other lessons would include The Path Of Knowledge, The Path
>> Of Action, The Path Of Devotion, and so on.  After the final lesson the
>> child would be given a bag full of Bhagavad Gitas and sent to the nearest
>> airport.
>> James Simmons
> Maybe I haven't looked carefully enough, but I didn't see anything
> about astrology. Thought it was pretty much a humanist approach.
> -walter
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