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Building Childrens' Intelligence One Book at a Time

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Our world has cancer and that cancer has come about due to our belief system regarding linear and non-ending growth. According to Paul Levy's, Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil, we have cursed ourselves and brought on this cancerous growth via our belief in (1) never ending growth (We Want More!); (2) top-down management of people and planetary resources; and (3) not understanding (or caring) how our mindset and behavior affect the world.

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We have the power to maintain this system. We also have power in change it. We can disempower and devolve ourselves into extinction. Or, we can empower and evolve. We are all involved in the awakening and / or the destroying process! We make it happen, not the "Big Daddy" in the sky. The world's fate is in OUR hands.

To foster change, we need to take charge of and stop surrendering our power to the corporation. One arena where change needs to happen is in education. Education is not about being indoctrinated for the sake of corporate welfare while engaging in low pay and benefits and longer working hours for their employees. By its epistemological definition, education literally means to "bring forth." Education is an evolutionary process that opens us to the potentials within. It is NOT about scores on a standardized test.

So, lets get corporations out of our children's lives and reclaim their future for the sake of what they have within them. Or, do we not care?

How do we change the world without the 'Man'? Simple, we go bottom up.

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We begin that process with our children.

Could one factor in building children's strength and character arise through books? Dapo (pronounced "Dah-Po") Akers and Coleen Liebsch think so. They do this by promoting literacy, character building and local businesses by having businesses sponsor books for kids in the local neighborhood.

Dapo is the author of Robin From the Hood. He is one of the authors writing for Books for Kids, a free book giveaway program run by Performance Strategies Publishing (

In essence, Dapo and Coleen utilize a partnership model in which participants purchase a $4.50 advertisement in the form of a full-color sticker inside the front cover of a "Books for Kids" book. The sticker states: "This Book Is A Gift From:" then prominently features the company's logo and contact information.

So the business gets some affordable advertising while also providing reading resources in the community. In my humble opinion, this is a step towards true community education and localized bottom-up business that is not top-down corporate driven for corporate control.

Dapo, whom Merry and I first met through his community building Feel the Ville rap on You-Tube, writes for adolescents. An example of his rap is at: (

Dapo's Robin From the Hood series deals with the tragic and dehumanizing underworld tales of "hoods" ruled by drug lords and corruption. This Robin, like the familiar folk hero, has a philanthropic mission to rescue a community from doom. (

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Can we see a holographic mirror of drug lords within the mainstream media, such as Fox News?

In this work, both Dapo and Coleen envision a world in which children's natural curiosity and community spirits are nurtured by books. This book program works through caring adults offering opportunities in the community. Coleen administers the Books for Kids program through PS Publishing. In that role, she attracts community support for getting age-appropriate books into the hands of children. Dapo's Robin From the Hood series of books is focused toward adolescent readers, for instance.

Together Coleen and Dapo are giving children an education in accordance to its epistemological meaning, "To Bring Forth." Education in its true function is to foster the evolution of body, mind and spirit and NOT get a child indoctrinated into the corporate system.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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