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Dunce Cap as Blinder  ☆

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Education and the Rigorous Tying Up of Milk  ☆

It always surprises me when people seem to get away with the argument that we need better education in order to maintain our national primacy. Tired nationalism keeps on kicking. And yet, isn't it interesting how compelling it is in its apparent simplicity? Even as we become sensitive to the atrocities of Empire, the notion …

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Vampires After School  ☆

Despite Vampire movies having a classic connection to high school, the proper genre for school is no doubt the zombie movie. The great fear is of the great unwashed, not the stylized identity politics of adolescent lust. That excess we can work with. It is the unturnable relentlessness of nobody being home that is the …

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Progressive Education & The Myth of Sisyphus  ☆

It has to make sense. Those things we bring ourselves to day after day. Or rather, do we not need them to promise, one day, to offer up their sense, retroactively. This is the work. Progress. But what is sense? Against what do we measure progress? King Sisyphus' problems started with the hubris of thinking …

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Zeno and the Art of Archery  ☆

Following up on the one about the bear, here's another joke having to do with education: A duke was hunting in the forest with his coterie of men-at-arms and servants, when he came across a tree with an arrow protruding, dead center, from a target painted on it. Marveling at the nice shot, they ride …

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“Lost” and the Magic Mystery Box of Education  ☆

Now, I have to admit, I never actually watched the show Lost. I'd tune in for a few seconds now and then to confirm that I was in fact "lost." Relieved to find that I was easily keeping pace with regular viewers who were equally lost, I would move on. Likewise, I did tune in …

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“There is no book…”  ☆

Reading Sacrifice: It's Nature and Function, leaves me wondering about all of our daily investitures. It concludes by pointing to the complex ways in which sacrificial rituals function within our personal and social spheres, even, and especially when they are abstracted. But why? Why sacrifice? Their answer is that the mediation of the sacrificial object …

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Sacrifice and Education  ☆

I'm sitting in a coffee shop, across from a guy wearing a shirt that reads, "It's only funny til' someone gets hurt. Then it's freakin' hilarious!" The shirt itself is not, of course, particularly funny. (I gather this is because the shirt seems to fit fine and is not inadvertently choking him to death, which …

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Monogamy in Education  ☆

Adam Phillips' book, Monogamy—anything but the paean that it's title might suggest—is a beautiful study in examining the workings behind the scene of our apparently simple beliefs. Perhaps not surprisingly the questions of monogamy, that is to say, of relationships and how they should go, overlap with questions of education. Children drop adults far more …

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