Category Archives: Social Critique

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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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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Clueless—2

“School Failure” as a State of Exception American public schools are failing, letting the country down and jeopardizing our national security. That is the fundamental message stated in the “introduction” to U.S. Education Reform and National Security and developed throughout … 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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