I was not considered to be the brightest student in my family. In fact my parents sometimes despaired over my school reports. I found school incredibly boring, the most exciting bit being the social aspect. Luckily, that meant I wasn’t pushed towards going to uni.

Maybe I was a late developer, but even the first bit of tertiary education I found a bit tedious. Where was it all going, I often wondered? Then, at about 19 or 20, I suddenly decided what I wanted to do, found the college myself and was accepted.

I loved the study and even graduated with an award.

I believe that school hinders the development of young minds. School makes children into obedient (mostly) robotic, copycats of the norm of society. School doesn’t inspire or excite. In fact, I believe school destroys or controls. Certainly it is better than it was in my day, but I believe most schools still have a long way to go.

Home education and progressive schools are further ahead, but I am still puzzled why we leave the formation of our children’s minds to complete strangers.

Students of the progressive Russian Shchetinin school learn more in a single year of attendance, than they learn in 10 years in normal schools. They are involved with every aspect of the school, from building it, to decorating it, to cooking their own meals to producing their own fresh produce, to learning the normal subjects.

The whole point of this school is to allow the children freedom, to feel unencumbered, to come and go as they please. The teachers blend with the students. Instead of lessons, there is a problem solving process which brings with it the recalling of things long forgotten.

You have probably heard of the expression, “Mary/John is 3 years old, rising 30”. We have forgotten children are connected to where they came from. So the best thing we can do is to allow them to use this connection to it’s fullest, not to suppress it.

This allows them to grow into well balanced people who are creative and inspiring, but may not tow the accepted line of society.

Not only should people have freedom of expression, a mental freedom if you like, so too should they have a physical freedom of expression. Your body’s signs and symptoms are not problems, to be suppressed. They are wake up calls that what you have been doing up till now is not in your best interest.

Cancer can be one of the most dramatic (but also one of the best) wake-up calls if you heed the message. Homeopathy respects your body and heeds the message, helping you along your evolutionary path. Life is all about choices. Your children can help you make healthier ones.

Madeleine Innocent

You know how often people struggle with their health? They want to know WHY they suffer with health issues, often serious, and all their GP can offer is drugs and surgery? They feel helpless and at the mercy of another. Well, what I do is to help you pinpoint WHY you’re getting sick and implement a strategy that takes you to a feeling of empowerment, of being in control of your life. A strategy that restores your health and allows you to enjoy life.

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