What the Dickens?

As subway reading, I've turned to Victorian literature: Austen, Trollope, Eliot, Dickens.... Great stuff, and perfectly absorbing, an hour each way.This morning, I was reading Charles Dickens' Dombey and Son and came across this:'But he's chockful of science,' he observed, waving his hook towards the stock-in-trade. 'Look'ye here! Here's a collection of 'em. Earth, air, or … Continue reading What the Dickens?

When Will They Ever Learn?

In the 1950s and early 1960s, my father was involved in exploring possibilities of programmed instruction and teaching machines.  In 1961, I remember rewards of a quarter as I participated as a subject in someone else's experiments in learning with a big machine at Harvard, where my father was participating in some sort of summer … Continue reading When Will They Ever Learn?

One Laptop Left Behind

What follows is an edited excerpt from my new book, Blogging America: The New Public Sphere. I’m presenting this passage here because of continuing talk about how Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is going to save education in the developing world (when it really is nothing more than a new and fascinating toy):Technology … Continue reading One Laptop Left Behind