Monthly Archives: January 2012

Fairbridge Farm Schools—the Failed Eden? Part Three

Part Three: Sunset Over BC’s New Eden The casualties of war number far more than the killed and wounded. They include cherished values and institutions, however wrong-headed or well intentioned. By January 1945 the Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School … Continue reading

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Fairbridge Farm Schools—the Failed Eden? Part Two

Part Two: Stocking the New Eden: British Columbia  Kingsley Fairbridge, who had established his first farm schools for migrant children near Perth, Australia in 1912, had a global vision. “I have long thought that the Child Emigration Society should establish … Continue reading

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Fairbridge Farm Schools—the Failed Eden?

Part One: An Imperialist’s Dream Ends Badly The old newsreel footage is jumpy, streaked with dust, the images seen through a sepia blur. It’s 1939 and in true MovieTone News style, we’re being treated to footage of British children arriving … Continue reading

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Bullying—A Way of Life?

“Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.” —Benjamin Disraeli It’s strange. We teach our kids that bullying is bad. Yet we live in a culture that glorifies bullying as a way of life. And then we’re surprised when they’re confused, or … Continue reading

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Occupy This Poem, Part Two

2. What the World Needs Now Much has been written about what the Occupy Movement seems to be lacking—leadership, focus, unified goals, etc. Of course, most of this criticism has come from the corporate media, whose owners have a vested interest … Continue reading

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Occupy This Poem, Part One

1. The Charlatans of Paradise  Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti has written that the poet is a kind of prophet, “the antennae of the race,” tuning into the troubled soul of the world. Not prophetic in the Biblical sense, but in … Continue reading

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