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- DescriptionBorn of a high school dropout's unyielding drive to illustrate civil accountability, The Layman's Petition is the astonishing social statement destined to change the tone and direction of cultural/political thought well into the twenty-first century. In this one act theatrical reading/lecture, the one-time anymous author distils the essence and paralysis of his generation's 'cohesive diffusion' into a single and compelling message of hope, contemporary integrity, respect for the past, and a globally framed forward-looking enquiry into the very nature and divisive product of thought itself. 'Where does the human equation go from here'? 'At what point does our collective cultural incence-concerning the nature of human consciousness - become obscene'? These are the troubling questions folded uniquely into this intensely personal account of growing up in Canada immediately following the 1960s. Described as 'poetry, ' as 'a love song, ' as an 'expansive painting, ' The Layman's Petition took over eleven years for the former high school dropout to complete and represents thirty years of sustained and deliberate reflection on the subject. Whether an accomplished scholar, educator, unschooled labourer or marginalized member of society, The Layman's Petition delivers a ground level and dignified look into the mechanism behind civilization's single most divisive aspect and offers an insight into the fundamental makeup of the individual, through which the door is opened to a whole new level of social and global interaction. Seniors will find this book an unexpected joy and revelation to read; middle-aged adults will welcome its startling clarity, and, although deliberately designed to discourage younger readers, mature young adults, filled with the drive and inner resolve to secure their future, will help to articulate the developing discussion toward its logical and constructive expression. Sentimental stalgia or defining historic moment-The Layman's Petition offers a refreshingly pleasant and thought provoking read that can be enjoyed at any level. Fifty percent of net proceeds from the sale of this book will be directed toward registered charity or n-profit organizations.
- Author BiographyBorn in Canada in 1959 to British parents, the author found traditional education unaccommodating to his psychological reality and subsequently dropped out of school at age sixteen. Inspired by the 1985 CBC television series A Planet For The Taking with David Suzuki, the author initiated direct communications with provincial education authorities toward the development of a clearer explanation as to why he, as a former high school dropout, had found it necessary to reject the assumptions underpinning formal education. Although made to feel welcome in that 1990-91 overture, education authorities were unable to identify an 'authorized process' or 'vehicle' through which the former high school dropout could participate in meaningful discussion. In 1994, the author made a significant written submission to the subsequent Ontario Royal Commission on Learning-on the understanding that a central purpose of the Commission's work was to 'provide a forum (authorised process) for all stakeholders to participate'. When the Commission's extensive findings were published, the only possible or remotely relevant trace of the author's topically legitimate submission were the categorical and ambiguous words, 'profound questions had been raised'. Realising that his government's commission had effectively negated, silenced and withdrawn the 'Charter Status' of his 'peer community's non-academic citizenship, ' as 'stakeholders in the issue, ' the unschooled 'participant' set about developing the communication skills he would need, no matter how rustic, to challenge the suffocating and abusive myth of social, cultural or political equality in Canada. Through the course of over a decade of severe financial hardship and the social/philosophic isolation associated with the direct challenge of so volatile an issue, the author, with the unfailing support of his wife, finally rendered 'The Petition' into a publishable document. The author and his childhood sweetheart/wife live in the Collingwood area.
- Author(s)Anonymous,Young P Young
- PublisherTrafford Publishing
- Date of Publication18/09/2007
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationVictoria
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintTrafford Publishing
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight122 g
- Width216 mm
- Height140 mm
- Spine5 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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