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My paper "Towards a Cross-Cultural Conceptual Framework for Researching Social and Emotional Education" was just published in The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) Journal of Education.

https://iafor.org/journal/iafor-journal-of-education/volume-6-Issue-3/article-7/

Abstract:
The central aim of this study was to investigate how different countries practice social and emotional education (SEE) using a comparative research design to create a cross-cultural conceptual framework. The study used a sequential quantitative-qualitative analysis with a comparative design that included 750 teachers. Cross-cultural differences were found in the research sample regarding teachers’ self-perceived role in socialising emotion: specifically, the teachers’ openness to emotional expression in the classroom, and what social and emotional aptitudes were more likely to be included as part of SEE provision. More variation was found in these variables internationally compared to intranationally. A conceptual framework using two dimensions was created in order to aid future cross-cultural research regarding SEE provision and the study of emotional rules in the teaching profession: the Ideal Affect (likelihood of suppressing rather than expressing emotion) and the Ideal Self (likelihood of developing skills for independence versus interdependence).

3 days ago
What they're trying to protect is not humanity, but their gardens, houses and lands.

Rather, if anyone dares threaten their authority,

they'll be extinguished, whoever they are.
November 30, 2018
Mental health coping strategies
I was watching a 'Rachel and Jun' video on youtube the other day - if you don't know them, they are a very cute couple who create infotainment videos about Japan and the culture clashes in their marriage (she's American, and he's Japanese). I found a comment on one of their videos where someone confessed to 'saving' Rachel and Jun videos for when they are dealing with severe anxiety.

That made perfect sense to me. Jun is pretty much the Bob Ross of cooking, here he is making blueberry cheesecake with homemade yogurt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jmce2tUn88

And Rachel is a badass. Her translating Japanese women's tweets with the hashtag 'let's be angry together' after the exam-fixing scandal was an amazing video (definitely for the more high energy days though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-HWoLVJdoY
November 30, 2018
"Edurne Scott Loinaz, co-founder of the HAHA Academy, introduces a comparative study of 66 ‘lower left’ organisations – that is, groups that are autonomous from the state, use horizontal organisation for planning and decision making, are not for profit, and anti-capitalist. She points to the importance of thinking and communicating in terms of a dimensional ‘zone of solidarity’, rather than the damaging reliance on binary language."

https://anarchiststudies.noblogs.org/article-no-profit-no-hierarchy-a-comparative-study-of-the-lower-left/
November 28, 2018
I agree with Popper: fuck Plato.
November 18, 2018
As I write this there's a helicopter circling round and round and round over my small neighbourhood, like a blood-thirsty mosquito in the night. It's keeping vigil over the November 17th demonstrators in Exarcheia clashing with the police.

Tear gas rounds are being fired one after another by cops who treat fellow humans like cockroaches. The gas will creep into the bedrooms of young and old tonight. Tear gas gets up in every hole on your face and in a matter of seconds you're just snot, spit and tears.

To quote my new love De Cleyre, "Subvert the social and civil order ... Aye, I would destroy, to the last vestige, this mockery of order, this travesty upon justice."
November 17, 2018
Spent the last three days reading Voltarine De Cleyre and I'm in love.

"It is not violence the ruling classes object to; for they themselves rule by violence, and take with the strong hand at every door. It is the social change they fear, the equalization of men ... What! These creatures who drill men in the science of killing, who put guns and clubs in hands they train to shoot and strike, who hail with delight the latest inventions in explosives, who exult in the machine that can kill the most with the least expenditure of energy, who declare a war of extermination upon people who do not want their civilization, who ravish, and burn, and garrote and guillotine, and hang, and electrocute, they have the impertinence to talk about the unrighteousness of force!"
November 17, 2018
My band, SDC, just released all our hits on bandcamp including 'Your mother's fucking crazy (no wonder you're the way you are),' 'Find love (fuck borders),' 'Dialectics, bitch,' and 'I eat at my desk (so does everybody else)'.

If you're into stoned-enough rock go give it a listen: https://simultaneous-death-clause.bandcamp.com/
November 11, 2018
"It is clear that smoking weed often causes overthinkers to uncontrollably reexamine their livelihoods, identities, and major life decisions. High overthinkers’ self-destructive shame spirals go into berserk mode, obliterating all semblance of comforting self-delusion ... The problem with using weed to gain perspective is that while an inexperienced overthinker is likely to temporarily move past the boundaries of her ego — establishing distance between her stoned self and her everyday self — the detachment is often accompanied by intense self-shaming and berating. So the state of being high basically turns into a cyclical exercise of pointing out all your flaws, hating yourself for them, shaming yourself, and uncontrollably searching for more flaws."

https://thoughtcatalog.com/brandon-gorrell/2012/07/the-overthinkers-guide-to-smoking-weed/
November 09, 2018
November 01, 2018