Category Archives: Teaching

Discussions of teaching and curriculum.

The Myth of Teaching & the Myth of the Teacher

Just about every time I hear or see something about teachers and teaching, especially in the popular media, I cringe. The media, politicians, and even teachers themselves perpetuate the “institutional” myths of teachers and teaching. In addition to teaching in … Continue reading

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Most Influential Books

Last week’s post discussed the issue of the books one should read, which implies that you are stupid if you haven’t read, at least most of, them. According to these lists, I must be pretty stupid. I’ve read some, but … Continue reading

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Books Everyone Should Read

Every once in a while a list of books appears on Facebook or in some magazine article. The list is called the “books everyone should read.” On first glance, the list appears harmless enough, but what issues lurk within such … Continue reading

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What do Schools Teach Children?

Paul Birtwell posted a graphic that listed the following criteria of schooling: What does school really teach children? Truth comes from authority. Intelligence is the ability to remember and repeat. Accurate memory and repetition are rewarded. Non-compliance is punished. Conform … Continue reading

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Corporatization of Colleges and Universities

“Corporatization of Higher Education” from Salon.com The above linked article from last October is a good short piece on a few of the problems involved in the corporatization of universities. This change in how universities are run is a huge … Continue reading

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“Knowledge and Thought Have Parted Company”

“If it should turn out to be true that knowledge… and thought have parted company for good, then we would indeed become the helpless slaves, not so much of our machines as of our know-how, thoughtless creatures at the mercy … Continue reading

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Brainwashing

The brainwashing discussed in the article about the Dalai Lama, below, also applies to other areas, such as our thinking about schooling/education, the nature of our world, how we view others, relationships, life in contemporary societies, and much much more. … Continue reading

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Epistemology, Epistemological Shock, and Schooling: Part 1

I want to elaborate on a discussion that followed a re-posting of call for university students to stop whining and suck it up when “scary new ideas that challenge your beliefs…” (supposedly by Larry Winget) are presented. In my re-posting, … Continue reading

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Being in a Learning System

Last evening, I had the pleasure of participating in the International Bateson Institute session at the October Gallery in London with a number of wonderful IBI colleagues and extraordinary guests. Our discussion skirted around the notion of how systems learn. … Continue reading

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Play and the Killing of Children’s Spirits in U.S. Schools

Play may be the most powerful form of learning. Play allows us to break rules, test boundaries, look at things upside-down. I can’t imagine a Richard Feynman who didn’t play; or, a Charles Darwin, or an Albert Einstein, or a … Continue reading

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