Category Archives: Practical

What It is to Burn: Affective Education at Burning Man

The playa at sunset. Photo by Kevin Tang. My friend Barton and I arrived in the Black Rock Desert at peak of the mid-afternoon heat. As he slowly navigated the car along the dusty pathways that give shape to Burning … Continue reading

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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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Adventures in Horizontal Education

Cross-posted from Curriculum Veto. The Yippie Museum Cafe. Pic courtesy of Yelp. And yes, that is a pot leaf overlaying a Zapatista flag. In January I enrolled in Nicholas Mirzoeff’s “Visual Culture Methods” class at NYU. My interest had already been … Continue reading

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Reciprocity: Politics—Education

If educational and cultural efforts should advance political and economic life, isn’t the converse also the case: political and economic conduct should advance educational and cultural life? Proclamations abound: educational effort must serve the needs of nations and economies better … Continue reading

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