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…and ride Mankind

What boots thy zeal, O glowing friend, That would indignant rend The northland from the south? Wherefore? To what good end? Boston Bay and Bunker Hill Would serve things still: Things are of the snake. The horseman serves the horse, The neat-herd serves the neat, The merchant serves the purse, The eater serves his meat; […]

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Vitruvius (and Lego) Against the Imagination

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent Lego movie. It’s gotten a good critical response based first on the ability of the “digital magicians” to make the action appear as if it were filmed via the manual (literally, by-hand) labor of stop-action animation. Next it is praised for its “parable” of standing against “business” practices and presenting […]

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The Enemy of Idealism

I hope you can recall how many times I’ve castigated, lamented, condemned the role of “business” in education, particularly lemonade stands. If you don’t, let me remind you with some links. Conservatives to Occupy Duty: Cities Must Heed Business Interests Lemons for Lessons: Replacing Childhood with Business Ideology The Child of the Marketplace Metaphor Summer […]

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Autism, ADHD, Adaptation and Randomization

Autism, ADHD, Adaptation and Randomization

[Cross-posted at Schools Matter.] I. Some time ago I wrote a piece noting how it seems autism is becoming a useful “disorder” to have.  (I used the quotes for a reason which I hope becomes clear.)  The post, “Autism: the next ‘specialty’ credential,” tried to create a kind of choral effect between an essay by […]

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The Monkey Rope, Or Our Common Umbilical

We live in a kind of false paradigm of “self-reliance.”  I don’t need to blame Waldo for this but perhaps he does bear a good bit of the burden for at the very least his is a kind of Bartlett’s for “individualism.”  Living having been usurped by business interests we are inundated with a sermonizing […]

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The Fiscal Freedom to Inculcate Evil

The following snippet is from a piece by Andrew Leonard on the SCOTUS ruling striking down the Montana Supreme Court decision to limit political contributions (in the teeth of Citizens United).  It’s a clear loss for people and the planet as corporations have ONE interest, creating wealth for their owners (and no, that’s not “shareholders”) […]

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Yesterday Unheeded: Paul Goodman’s Empty Society

Paul Goodman is always relevant.  It is always shocking to me when something I read from decades past is exactly applicable to our situation.  But if Mill was correct back in the 1850s, that we need to recognize our errors prior to their social habituation, then folks like Goodman, 100 years after Mill and Thoreau […]

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Educating Business Ethics

The population of the US seems to be experiencing a kind of national awakening regarding the harsh and endemic inequalities of our “Us vs Them” economic reality.  Though it seems possible that our bail-out and bubble-induced slogans of solidarity will fade into our historical moment to be studied by the future (should there be one […]

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So Many Lies From Which to Choose: Privatization and Innovation

I guess you know that the largest private employer in the world is WalMart.   Do you know what number two is?  I didn’t either.  But as I was looking into the private prison issue I discovered this fun fact: the UK “global security” corporation G4S is the second largest private-sector employer in the world with […]

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Competition Is Cultural Inbreeding

So, against my better judgement, let’s pretend we can make do with this soul-crushing, resource destroying economy that we call “Capitalism.” It’s just a name that means something like a dogma (which can be considered a law or rules but also a faith) that says a capital economy, and really, a way of life as […]

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Explanation and Example: Capitalist Nationalism

**Reformist consciousness was famously described by Gramsci as “dual” or “contradictory”; on the one hand accepting the permanence of the […]

Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in […]

Dislodged Giant: Can We Use Stevens to Interpret Dickinson?

You tell me. “I thought that nature was enough” by Emily Dickinson I thought that nature was enough Till Human […]

By Metaphor Alone

Motivation matters. If the scientific method (which we make into the massive all-encompassing abstraction of SCIENCE to compete with the […]

By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter […]

Now You Know What A Horse Is: Views On Education in the 19th Century

Schools are scenes of extreme manipulation and coercion. Our national and state interest in them is less than benign, or […]