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Road warriors

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

The other day I saw a car with New Hampshire license plates and a school sticker from a nearby private school parked in my neighborhood. I surmised that the driver, an attractive early-40s woman who was fiddling with her phone, was in all likelihood the parent of a student at the well-regarded school. The school […]

Richard Florida on “The Long Road to Recovery”

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Great article by Richard Florida in the new “Cities” edition of The Atlantic magazine: The Long Road to Recovery – go read it now. Not mincing words, Florida warns that this recovery could easily take a generation – up to 25 years, in other words – to kick in. Scary prospects. But what really caught […]

Education K-12 and status anxiety

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Just wondering: does a relentless parental drive to make children succeed in standardized tests so they can be admitted to the right prep school create an uptick in the number of socially-dominant psychopaths?

Follow up on Education and Homeschooling

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

This is my third post this week on education – first, there was Waiting for Superman’s inconvenient truths about education on Sept. 8, followed by some more impressions on Sept. 10, Friday odds and ends. Today’s post is a message I sent to a friend of my husband’s, who wanted some more information about homeschooling. […]

Friday odds and ends

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I’m still mulling over my Wednesday blog post on the state of education, provoked in part by the comments others have left on Fred‘s and Joanne‘s blog posts about Waiting for Superman (see also the article by John Heilemann). I left two more comments on Fred’s post – which now has 331 comments. Every time […]

Waiting for Superman’s inconvenient truths about education

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Two of my favorite bloggers – Fred Wilson and Gotham Gal (aka Joanne Wilson) – already posted today about Davis Guggenheim‘s latest documentary, Waiting for Superman, and, since the film addresses a topic – namely, education – that I was knee-deep in for the longest time, I posted a couple of comments on their sites. […]

The Book of Firsts: A great “firsts” book for history buffs

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The next time someone says to you, “I’d like to study history, but I don’t know where to start,” tell them to pick up a copy of The Book of Firsts: 150 World-Changing People and Events from Caesar Augustus to the Internet. Written mostly by Peter D’Epiro, with numerous contributions by eight other scholars, The […]

Serendipitous visual learning: forests and trees

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Amazing things crop up on the internet, sometimes found serendipitously – with nary a memory of how they were stumbled in the first place. For example, I came across a useful page from British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests and Range, specifically the Forest Practices Branch: check out the Visual Landscape Design – Interactive Multimedia Training […]

Tenure “what-if”

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Of course the question of tenure has crossed my mind repeatedly. Having nuked my academic career by becoming a home-schooling parent instead of a professor, I relinquished claims to respectability long ago – ten years ago. But even that long ago, the question of tenure seemed an obvious problem to me, even if it wasn’t, […]

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