Rich people more likely to take lollies from children: study

People from wealthy backgrounds are more likely than poorer people to break laws while driving, take lollies from children, and lie for financial gain, a United States study says.

The seven-part study by psychologists at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Toronto analysed people’s behaviour through a series of experiments.

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No surprise in that study!

Resolution Monday

Where am I in the adherence to my New Year Resolutions, now that we are two months in? Win some, some not out of the gate, yet.

must change – Oh my, have I felt myself change! The bonus of a new workplace, and a job that is a challenge that I enjoy has wrought many changes within me. Some I can’t even put a name to, or explain, except to say that I feel more open, more willing to stretch outside of my comfort zone, and more accepting that despite my constant denial, I do have a few imperfections.

This week there was a quote on my desk calendar that said “imperfection is our paradise” (sorry I threw away the page so no author credit; shedding clutter is also a resolution!). I am quite certain I wouldn’t claim imperfection as paradise; in fact it reminds me of the wisdom imparted to a friend by her minister when she was going through a divorce: “We are put on earth to suffer.” I don’t think so.

So, no claim to be in paradise, but I am happier to say: I don’t know, but I will find out; I don’t understand, tell me again and of course, I don’t know how to do that, will you show me? The result of such an admission has allowed me to stretch into new areas that just weeks ago I would never have considered.

All I can say is what a difference two months can make!

bring on an Australian republic

I spent some time on Friday emailing Australian Labor politicians, the politicians in our government,  voicing my support for Kevin Rudd in the leadership ballot with Julia Gillard on Monday, as he is the Prime Minister that we voted in, and did not  ask to be removed.

I also think he is the one to get  Opposition Leader Tony Abbott out of the picture and I would happily throw Julia under a bus to achieve that.

I respect Julia, but I do not like midnight attacks. A prime minister deserves more respect than to be ousted by a few faceless politicians in the middle of the night (June 2010)

This  ongoing chaos is the perfect argument for an Australian republic and a national leader elected by the people.

couch potatoes

This week I taught a couple lessons, life lessons.

One afternoon we found blue ink smeared all over the arm of one of the new couches. The couches are purpose built,  priced accordingly, and brand new.A particular group of students sit there each break, and daily I have to remind them of their responsible thinking processes (aka I reprimand them). We had no proof it was anyone from that group, but I spoke to them about our disappointment, and about the cost of getting the ink removed.

Next morning, more ink was discovered on another couch in that seating area. I was angry, should we say. I would have liked to have beaten them, each and everyone, to a pulp with my stick, but that is not allowed, so I spoke to them calmly again. I asked the person to own up and explain why they felt the need to do that to their class mates who shared the library. No one came forward.

So, next time they coolly walked in to assume their couch potato positions, I  threw them out. They are not allowed back in until the perpetrator steps up and takes responsibility.

Not long afterwards a spokesman came forward from the group. Obviously a future politician, he tried to charm their way back in without anyone taking ownership. A possible culprit had been put forward, put further discussion proved that he was not at school on the day, so obviously not the artist of the second ink stain.

I listened, but in the end told them that we would come together as a group on Monday and discuss their return to the library, once all members of the errant group were at school again.

My hope is that they learn about rights and responsibilities and of course, consequences. Yes, they have a right to use the library, but with that right comes the responsibility to treat the services, the people and the environment with respect.

They need to learn that when they are sitting there on those couches, some 900 other students can not have that comfort, so they need to appreciate their opportunity. The consequence for not acting accordingly means they no longer have that privilege.

It is not easy  building defining moments for young minds. I feel that is a major part of my role. I may succeed, or I may not, but at least I will have tried.

If I don’t try, then I don’t have the right to complain that ‘the world is going to hell in a hand basket!” Indeed it is far easier to complain about young people, other people, the world, but it is far more rewarding to do something that may make a difference. At least I can sleep at night, knowing I tried.

To be or not to be … a gentleman

If you are someone who swears, honks your horn in traffic or speaks loudly on the phone at a restaurant then today is the day to curb your “ungentlemanly” ways.

It is as simple as showing a little bit of consideration, according to Brisbane father of two Peter Ryan, who is hosting his second annual Be A Gentleman Day.

Mr Ryan says while what is considered to be gentlemanly behaviour has changed over time, the values of a gentleman have not. He hopes to revive those values around the word, with hundreds of people having already joined his cause from 30 different countries. “We are living in a very different society today to the traditional image of the Victorian gentleman,” he said.

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