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Inner freedom

[ in times of confusion ]

By Alexis Racionero Ragué Photo Sonia Estévez

We live in an era of confusion and discord. Just when the pandemic seemed to be letting up, the monster of war awakened. War is the Moloch that the poet Allen Ginsberg said destroyed the best minds of his generation, such as the people who believed in utopia and were the first to populate the Empordà as if it were a new Arcadia where the songs of freedom were reborn.


Another world is unavoidable

THE CURRENT GENERATION HAS TO MAKE A DECISION

By Ignasi Rifé Photo Il·lustració Daniel Soms

“Every single journal should have a shrieking headline every day saying we are heading to total catastrophe. In a couple of generations organized human society may not survive. That has to be drilled into people’s heads constantly. The current generation has to make a decision (…), and it has to be done quickly, there’s not a lot of time”, said linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky on a recent interview. He also added: “There’s no way to exaggerate the challenge we are facing these days. Global warming is already the main cause for the extinction of many species at a rate not seen for 65 million years.


For a non-formal education up until 7 years old

NEW EDUCATIONAL PROPOSALS

By Sònia Kliass Photo Joguines Grapat

Traditionally we’ve been used to send our 0-6 year-old kids to a school-based environment: the youngest ones go to ‘nursery school’ and at around 3yrs they start at the ‘big kids school’. Even when we speak about alternative education systems, ‘forest school’, ‘free school’, ‘Steiner school’… we still use the word ‘school’. It’s perhaps a lesser known fact that in many countries the word ‘kindergarten’ (children’s garden) applies to the infant phase of socialization. In contrast, ‘school’ is loaded with implications of pressure to learn in a prescribed way, which is inappropriate for kids until they’re at least 6 or 7 years old.