School of Teaching Without Teaching

In her novella Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor has character Hazel Motes create the Church of Christ Without Christ. Thomas Friedman has apparently joined its contemporary offshoot, the School of Teaching Without Teaching. Certainly, he sounds like a true believer.Friedman, and all those people at Stanford, MIT and Harvard (to mention just a few) who are … Continue reading School of Teaching Without Teaching

The ‘First Sale’ Conundrum and Intellectual Property

In its next term, the Supreme Court will take up the case Supap Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons where Kirtsaeng purchased Wiley textbooks at their low price in Thailand, shipped them to the US, and resold them. While I do think that Wiley is overstepping its copyright prerogatives (if they want to stop this sort … Continue reading The ‘First Sale’ Conundrum and Intellectual Property

"Beyond the Blogosphere": Link to Excerpt

Follow the link to read a few pages of Robert Leston's and my new book Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children.Though it was released on the seventh of December, I did not get my hands on a copy until today.I am quite pleased with the book, though I haven't done more than look through … Continue reading "Beyond the Blogosphere": Link to Excerpt

Excerpt: Beyond the Blogosphere

Here is a short excerpt from Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children by Robert Leston and me.  We have just finished going over the page proofs--the book should appear in December:There is still a need for teachers, for leaders, for exemplars. And, if their space is not filled by people who are themselves well trained … Continue reading Excerpt: Beyond the Blogosphere

Information and Its Children

In Bertold Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, the title character eventually loses all of her children to the war she follows and tried to profit from.  My concern these days, and growing more and more over the past months and even years, is that we, too, are endangering our children (our metaphorical ones--the physical … Continue reading Information and Its Children

"And We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun… "

In his brilliant short story "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote," Jorge Luis Borges has his narrator comment:There is no exercise of the intellect which is not, in the final analysis, useless. A philosophical doctrine begins as a plausible description of the universe; with the passage of the years it becomes a mere chapter--if not … Continue reading "And We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun… "