Category Archives: Theoretical

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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Reflections on the Authentica Habita

  After reading Derrida’s ‘The University Without Conditon,’ I started doing something like a genealogy of academic freedom, trying to think about how that mostly forgotten beginning in Bologna has some possibly implications for the way that we think about … 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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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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Contributors to this blog examine formative justice in contemporary life and culture. We seek to clarify the concept of formative justice and with it, to sharpen awareness of how people pursue their aspirations in personal and public life. What is … Continue reading

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