This intelligent, accurate, and clear description of how college classes actually run and what purposes they actually serve has no place in US discourse about higher ed. What we need instead are seven more businessmen who have never spent a day in the classroom pontificating about how they’re going to transform education by making a lot of money for themselves using this hot new online technology and completely disenfranchising teachers. And don’t forget — they’re going to be making these profits from your tax money. The best teachers and professors resemble parental figures: They provide their students with emotional mentorship.. Continue reading The best teachers and professors resemble parental figures: They provide their students with emotional mentorship.
Summing it up more simply: When I was sixteen I took karate lessons with my friend Marty. Shōrin-ryū at the local Y. The first thing we asked our instructor was, When will we receive training with weapons? (Why did we ask this question? Because we were sixteen.) Our instructor told us that he didn’t train students to use weapons until they were at least a brown belt (one stage before black) because weapons are an extension of our bodies. We can’t learn to use weapons properly until we learn to use our bodies properly. Similarly, technology is an extension of our minds. All … Continue reading Technology and Higher Ed, Part 2
The best possible review of Guardians of the Galaxy. My only regret is that I didn’t write it. An Academic Critique Of The Film “Guardians Of The Galaxy” « terribleminds: chuck wendig. Continue reading An Academic Critique Of The Film “Guardians Of The Galaxy” « terribleminds: chuck wendig
Ah, very cool. It’s not a car anyone would actually drive (no air conditioning, for example), but I like that solar panels are built in to the car to increase range. Students Build an Electric Car With Better Range Than a Tesla | Autopia | WIRED. Continue reading Students Build an Electric Car With Better Range Than a Tesla | Autopia | WIRED
NOTE: this post was expanded and corrected August 6th, 2014. It’s a kind of note-taking for an essay of mine on Guardians of the Galaxy to be released in a forthcoming anthology dedicated to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. If you’ve seen the latest, … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1