Author Archives: Sam Rocha

About Sam Rocha

Sam Rocha is an assistant professor of philosophy of education at the University of British Columbia.

Review: “The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare”

I took my boys to see Ice Age 4: Continental Drift today. My boys adore Scrat, the squirrel-like subplot character who consumes the whole series chasing after acorns. It’s fascinating really, to watch the predictable plot plodding along with most adults thinking … Continue reading

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Does Education Need Science?*

One of the greatest symptoms of approaching a nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.   ~Bertrand Russell In his latest, Derridian post, Professor Iguana interprets Derrida as saying “that we should ‘say everything’ even if … Continue reading

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Teachers and Students Who (Don’t) Give a Shit

Disinterest, apathy, nihilistic complacency, selfishness… Whatever. Call it what you like; I don’t give a shit what word you use. Anyone who has spent time in school, college, or university knows this: too many people just don’t give a shit. … Continue reading

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The Problem of Where to Begin

“Let’s take it from the top.” This musical expression reveals a simple, ordinary truth: the only place to start is at the beginning. It is precisely at this, genetic point where things become most difficult. There is no widespread agreement … Continue reading

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