The innate human fight or flight reflex, for the most part, has outlived its original biological intent. Most of us (I can only hope) are really in no danger of being attacked and carried off by a large predator; nor, will we likely have the opportunity to lift a very large object, that happened to fall onto one of our clan members, in our entire lifetime.
Yet, our bodies react to stressors with an infusion of the exact same hormonal cocktail that was once required by our hominid ancestors for those aforementioned scenarios. We obviously don’t need that particular shot of strength and power to deal with the pressures of modern living.
Research has proven time and again that fear and stress actively work against us to literally shut our brains down. They effectively make us dumber, clumsier, unresourceful, more forgetful, and less intuitive, not to mention the negative ramifications for both our immediate and long-term health. In actuality, we desperately need to be smart, agile, perceptive, creative, and robust, the exact opposite, to survive, and, yes, thrive in this world.
Nevertheless, we continue to use coercion, fear of failure, threats, intimidation, reward and punishment, and timed exams or tasks in our compulsory, standardized educational system, as well as our traditional work environment to achieve desired results. Hmmm –
Thank you to everyone who participated in our summer programming. We had a blast. Stay tuned for next year’s opportunities.
DRC opens this coming Tuesday, Sept. 4th. We are excited to see everyone and to jump into our academic year.
It is not too late to join DRC – in fact we accept students throughout the school year. If you think our safe, comfortable, dynamic environment is the best place for your child, check us out here.
Water, Woods, & Wild Wonders
If you have not heard, we have opened this program to any homeschool family who would like to participate.