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Confusion – Double Bind or Connection in the Classroom

| October 14, 2010

Recently, I was reading part of A Letter to My Students that I had sent them a few days earlier. Among the ideas that I mentioned were ideas of learning as non-linear and of learning as pattern thinking. After I finished a student asked the question, “… but how do patterns fit?” She went on, […]

The Travesty of “Distance Education”

| October 14, 2010

If you watch television, browse the internet, read magazines and newspapers, listen to the radio, or read bulletin boards and billboards, you’ve been bombarded with advertisements about distance education degrees, like those listed below: “Earn an Distance Degree In 5 Days” “Earn a degree online while you keep
working.” “It’s back to school time-Have you
 registered […]

Disconnects – A Brief Initial Exploration

| October 14, 2010

The initial question I posed on my previous post (What is the extent of the disconnects we experience today?) is almost overwhelming. Each of us, if we sit and think about it, can come up with a huge list of examples of the disconnects we experience in our lives. In some ways the list seems […]

Gregory Bateson: An Introduction

| October 13, 2010

I had the fortunate opportunity to spend five weeks with Gregory Bateson during the summer of 1975. Gregory was an extraordinary man with a huge heart and phenomenal mind. In 2004, his last wife, Lois, mentioned to me, “you know Gregory had a big mind, but he thought with his heart.” My interest in connections […]