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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,...

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...

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...

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...

Hol(e)y Cynicism 2

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...

Lecturing Lecture-Haters 0

Lecturing Lecture-Haters

I saw a tweet in the middle of the day – wish I could find it now – that remarked on the irony of a day full of lectures delivered to a roomful of people who love to decry the...

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences 2

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences

I’ve used this quote more than once here: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Sometimes people manipulate statistics to deceive. Statistics are used to get you to give money to shady charities, invest in faulty...