Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Duffs, Self-Control, & Labels.

Some unusual articles about health today.

Let's start with an article that will help get you off of your duff.

Are you in to self control? Is self-control good for you?

I am against labeling. I have been for a long time. Not food labeling but overall labeling. I'm still upset that it starts as soon as we enter the public school system and sometimes earlier. I am against students being in a box that if often takes them a life time to get out of. He/she is gifted. He/she isn't. He/she is popular so go stand with the socials. He/she isn't popular so go stand with the nerds. People learn at different speeds. Some take longer to learn something and never forget it. Others pick up things right away. We all have a niche that we are brilliant in. Shouldn't the schools take less time labeling and more time finding out where the student is smart in? Albert Einstein was an idiot according to one teacher. Thomas Edison was sent home from school by a third grade teacher because he was to stupid to learn. I've told the story before how a seventh grade teacher thought I should be put in a school for what was then called the now socially unacceptable word, retarded. I would do the assignments and not hand them in. They were to easy and thinking I had them wrong because tests just can't be easy and not wanting rejection I didn't hand them in. Before moving me to the dreaded school they gave me an IQ test. Second highest in the State of Oregon for my age group. What if my parents hadn't insisted on a IQ test before moving me to the school, what would have my life been? I would have never went to college. I would have never become a certified public accountant. I would have wasted a life way because one teacher put me in a box. Don't you think it is time for schools to quit labeling? If you aren't sure check out the following article:

The article mostly talks about self-labeling but being labeled by others would have the same effect. At least in my opinion it would.

Comment Away.


The author of yesterday's quote was Dorothy Height. "I do not think the mere extension of the ballot a panacea for all the ills of our national life. What we need to day is not simply more voters, but better voters." was authored by a 19th century African American woman writer and abolitionist, was born to a free black family in a slave state, Maryland. She became a teacher, an anti-slavery activist, and a writer and poet. She was also an advocate of women's rights and was a member of the American Woman Suffrage Association. Her writings of often focused on themes of racial justice, equality, and freedom. She was born in 1825 and died in 1911. Have your ever read POEMS ON MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS? If you have you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?


Pat said...

Good exercise advice there. So far, my knees are doing okay, but you never know, do you? The second article has an iInteresting take on self-control. I'm not at all sure I agree with it, but it's always fun to see someone else's take on things.

You feel very strongly about labeling, and with good reason. I do agree that society is too quick to label people, and I also think that labels applied in school to children are not helpful later in life, even if they are reasonably correct labels. If only kids could realize that school is only one tiny part of life, and whatever labels are applied there will probably disappear later. There really IS life after high school, and often it doesn't at all reflect what went on during that very difficult growing-up time.

I had to think about the author's take on labels creating assumptions that color your actual experiences. I suppose it's true, and I want to watch myself in the future as the author does, to see how often that happens with me.

William J. said...

Hi Pat

You are pretty active so maybe that is why your knees are doing well. But you just never know what the future brings.

I pretty sure I don't agree with the article on self-control but it was such an interesting take to me, I thought I would share it.

When you are in school your think that is your lifetime. Also in high school people grow up at different rates some faster than others and that is why it should be ground into their brains don't accept labels.

I am also going to watch myself and labels in the future.


Lady DR said...

I'm in full agreement with the article on exercise, both for knees in particular and joints/muscles in general. Use it or lose it has some truth.

Self control as a matter of choice. Like Pat, not sure I agree with all of it, but there's certainly food for thought.

I remember your story about the teacher you had. I'm against labeling, although we do it, often unconsciously, regarding situations and people. As the psychotherapist who did the heart attack survivor seminars said, "Perception is reality." Your perception often dictates your reactions and then actions, which creates a resultant reality. In some cases, it goes back to the control issue and making choices. Your choice of how you perceive a person or incident affects your reaction.

William J. said...


I thought it was a very good article on exercise.

I think we are all in agreement that we really don't agree with the article on self-control. It was just such an interesting take on a subject I really don't think about that much.

Labeling starts the minute you are born and continues all of your life. I just wish it would end and people could be what they want to be without being put in a box. My new motto is to protect against the perception is reality syndrome.