Class Notes

Historical Foundations of Education — fifth meeting Another long class. Three hours, no break. I think that this approach will actually become normal very soon. If it does, I suspect I’ll become somewhat infamous, but infamy has its rewards and I will not feel bad about rigor. As comfortable as the class has always been, I was beginning to feel too comfortable. So I decided to up the ante, so to speak. I was concerned that our reading of history thusfar was a bit too unambitious and … [Read more...]

The Tyranny of Practice

My latest essay — The Tyranny of Practice — is available at Contending Modernities. In it I  try to hammer at the insipid, ideological assumption embedded in a saying I hear a lot: “theory into practice.” As you should already be able to tell, I not a big fan. In other news: I may soon have something exciting to share about another writing venture. Stay tuned! … [Read more...]

Sep 19, 2012 2:02am

Rocinante (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Foundations of Educational Thought — fourth meeting Class began with the prompt for the next writing assignment, along with several remarks about how one might approach this prompt and the ones to follow. The final paper is a descriptive assignment using a long biography or autobiography. The purpose is to try and find the foundations of educational thought within a life, an act of self-disclosure, not only in the literature or in “theory.”  We then moved to Jean Jacques … [Read more...]

Sep 18, 2012 2:28am

AudioA lecture from today’s “Foundations of Educational Thought” class on Rousseau and education, based primarily from the Emile. (Not a replacement of my ongoing installments of “Class Notes.”) … [Read more...]

Sep 18, 2012 2:12am

Much of the popularity of modern scientific medicine is due to the fact that sick people have nowhere else to go and that television, rumors, then technical circus of well equipped hospitals convince them that they could not possibly do better. Paul Feyerabend (Sent to me by another former student and present friend). … [Read more...]

Sep 17, 2012 6:37pm

A screed against doctors and medicine from Rousseau’s Emile, the text for class today. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Sep 14, 2012 11:53pm

Q: How many letters are in the alphabet? A: 11. From a splendid old book of riddles my son read to me a couple nights ago. It has inspired what I consider to be a philosophical breakthrough: a new and better description! … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Historical Foundations of Education — fourth meeting I lectured for three hours straight. Sure, there were questions, a comment or four, and I showed two short YouTube clips, but the class was a full three hours, non-stop. Once again, this class keeps exceeding my expectations. Not so much in terms of their own work, which varies in quality thusfar, but of myself and my teaching stamina. Like a good coach: they seem to push me a bit further than I thought I could go before. We took an … [Read more...]

Music at Gather4Good

This upcoming Sunday, I’ll be returning to Minnesota to play at the Gather4Good community service event in Albertville, MN (at Central Park), sponsored by Catholic United Financial, with Albertville native, Shawn Kolles on drums. We’ll play covers and standards, originals, and childrens music. If you’re nearby, come out for a great, FREE event. You can pre-register here. … [Read more...]