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A is for Education 

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The Words we Use 

This, dear meta-readers, from the Chronical of Higher Education: This Week's Highlights Dissecting the Classroom The classroom: a black box at the core of the traditional college education. Now scholars are investigating just what goes into good teaching. Highlights from the chronicling of the dissection of the black box core and its feeds. (And locked …

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A&H4089 Aesthetics of Technology 

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The Golden Insult 

Fortunately we have the web, and thus, now, the Lutheran Insulter. (To be clear, it entails insults by Luther, not insult to Lutherans.) If only so we can be reminded what an ass he could be. (Oh, sorry, that wasn't very creative. I'll try harder next time...) But every now and then he manages to …

Posted 70 months ago by

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Zappa on School 

Schools train people to be ignorant with style. As long as you are just smart enough to do a job, and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you're going to be alright. Interestingly, I think this introduces something rather sophisticated. In order to learn how to do this, one would have to …

Posted 73 months ago by

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Mindless Academics 

Žižek quoting Malabou in his essay, Descartes and the Post-Traumatic Subject: These figures are "not so much figures of those who want to die as figures of those who are already dead, or, rather, to put it in a strange and terrible grammatical twist, who have already been dead, who 'experienced' death." But what does …

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On Philosophy’s Lost Childhood 

One of the tragedies of the grownup is his loss of a sense of wonder, curiosity and playfulness, in short, of childhood. But these emotions are central to philosophical enquiry. Perhaps by starting philosophy earlier and seeing to it that it continues throughout school, grownups will rediscover suppressed reservoirs of playfulness and leisure. —Robert Mulvaney, …

Posted 76 months ago by

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The University’s Desire and the Half-Bridge 

Deleuze & Guattari, in their extraordinary (and admirably concise) book on Kafka, suggest, amongst a series, the following rule of thumb: "a text that can be the seed of a novel will be abandoned if Kafka imagines an animal escape that allows him to finish with it." (38) In other words, if it can be …

Posted 81 months ago by

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“leavings” – some musings by Etwas 

I recently met with Will Lisak from Etwas Bags, and liked what he had to say a lot. This from the blog: ...we see the same in the leavings of our skivers and edgers. What is left behind should be beautiful and graceful, the sign of a confident and competent hand. I think this kind …

Posted 82 months ago by

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Photographer… 

ALL POINTS BULLETIN (Please Forward, Share, Repost, Dead Drop, slip to that person you know...) Wanted: Photographer to barter for shooting a gig at the Whitney Museum (wherein we in turn barter with patrons for learnin'.) March 25th. And by "barter" I mean you can expect more than you usually dream is possible. Qualifications: Expertise …

Posted 82 months ago by

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The Aesthetics of Education 

I've been working a lot lately on the imagery of educational philosophy. Which is to say: what if we took the aesthetics of education not to be a particular sub-discipline, but instead thought of educational thought as essentially an aesthetic problem? What is the "art," in its expansive sense, of education? Having taught a few …

Posted 83 months ago by

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Test-Taking Cements Knowledge Better Than Studying, Researchers Say – NYTimes.com 

Headline reads: "To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test" Ah, you've got to love educational research. The only thing better is educational research as presented by the media. Forget the data, you really get to see how we imagine. Aside from the dramatic elements, and funky metaphors like "cement," we see how easy …

Posted 84 months ago by

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Trapped Children: Popular Images of Children with Autism 

I stumbled across an interesting paper on images of Autism in the media, today. The author distinguishes two typical media images: the Broken/Fragmented Person, and the Imprisoned Person. My first thought is that these images are not particular to Autism, but represent ways of thinking about our world and threats to it in general. Applying …

Posted 84 months ago by

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Against Specialization 

No one takes thought very seriously, except those who claim to be thinkers or philosophers by profession. But that doesn't stop it from having its own apparatus of power—or its being an effect of its apparatus of power when it tells people: "Don't take me seriously, because I think for you, since I give you …

Posted 84 months ago by

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They Roam the Earth Again 

Yesterday was Three Kings Day, and for me it was an opportunity to revisit and reflect on a project I worked on last year. El Museo del Barrio commissioned the artist Polina Porras Sivolobova to create replacements for the Three Kings puppets they had used for decades in the Three Kings Day Parade. My primary …

Posted 84 months ago by

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Le Corbusier on Education 

Following up on the Surrealist's concise definition of school, I bring you the architect Le Corbusier, from his book Aircraft: The schools are run by 'professors' (the very definition of a school).

Posted 85 months ago by

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Confidence 

We tend to be confident in education in inverse proportion to our faith in it.

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An Ape Dressed as a Woman, and other challenges to the Philosophers 

Finally getting around to unpacking my books—and having recently been asked what kind of space I am talking about when I elaborate on the spatial narrative of education—I find the Encyclopedia Acephalica, from the Surrealists, opened in front of me. I was trying to clarify that it was neither abstract nor "real" space that is …

Posted 86 months ago by

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Progressive Architecture 

Last week I found myself trying to lay out for my colleagues—in preparation for an upcoming Colloquium by Kevin D. Murphy, on school architecture—the essential relationship between philosophies of education and architecture. Tricky, since this relationship tends to go deep underground. Into caves, for example. And the challenge is to realize that it is not …

Posted 86 months ago by

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Education Defined 

Education— To applaud, to exalt revolt in all its forms, and more particularly that of child against its own family;...to pride oneself on having personally broken some shackles.... Enough of this complicity in degradation which welds the generations, one with another; enough of tacit understandings, of shameful solutions, of a rendezvous fixed for ultimate ruination. …

Posted 86 months ago by

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