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The Victim: Our Modern Hero

It’s a time honored tradition of people who are getting old to lament the disintegration of society as evidenced by the next generation. I mostly hate that tradition for two reasons: society wasn’t particularly wonderful when I was a kid, and I’m in the “next” generation. Yes, as a high...

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WaPo Wants You to Know Just How Hard It Is

News stories like this infuriate me. Not for nearly the same reasons as it seems to bother my social media ecosphere today. America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others. […] It’s depressing, but not nearly so much as this: Even poor kids who do everything...

No. 13: Teaching as a Subversive Activity 0

No. 13: Teaching as a Subversive Activity

I came to this book with high expectations. I was first introduced to Postman through a series of posts at Don’t Eat the Fruit called “Five Things We the Church Need to Know About Technology”, and shortly there after read The End of Education, which was one of the first...

No. 11: Save the World on Your Own Time 0

No. 11: Save the World on Your Own Time

I became familiar with Stanley Fish through his column in the New York Times. I’ve always enjoyed his writing, and I usually agree with his positions on education; but I’ve never looked any further. I actually decided to pick up Save the World on Your Own Time because of an...

No. 10: Renewing Minds 0

No. 10: Renewing Minds

This book, a required text for one of my classes, did not impress. Despite the glowing remarks on the cover, I didn’t find it particularly inspiring, enlightening, or forward thinking. There is definitely some valuable content, but most of it is simply a cobbling together of things said better by...

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Hol(e)y Cynicism

I’m usually a pessimist, but sometimes I just can’t not believe. I try to ignore it, but the optimism just forces its way out. Fortunately, I can hide it pretty well. You’d never know that I secretly believe I can get to Hollywood on American Idol (singing “If I Ever...