Global Higher Education

Education beyond secondary school is widely regarded as essential. The questions mostly hinge on what form this post-secondary education should take and how costly or cost-effective it should be. While that is an urgent item of discussion at the family level, it also has international relevance. University World News provides a weekly news aggregation that…



Dealing with Daunting

The challenge of understanding contemporary politics is daunting. That Donald Trump is our so-called president is a mystery. I would venture that well over half of Americans are unable to understand how he became president. I still include myself with that half. Blaming the Electoral College system is complicated by nuances that are at once…



Backing into the Future

This morning I finally ordered a personal copy of a used book, through Amazon, that I have, again,  been thinking about recently. The book by Richard Bailey has been elusive while it is frequently intriguing to my imaginations about the future of education. For several years I’ve admired Education in the Open Society – Karl…



Yule Celebration

May your Yule Log glow throughout the new year. Let it symbolize the flame of learning and yearning for truth. We need all of that next year. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. However I don’t plan to celebrate the mass in any Christian way on Sunday and Monday. Back in September, Patti…



Universal

Universal It may be hard to find a bigger word than universal. The universe is infinite and infinitely curved back onto and into itself in an infinite number of ways. When we consider the human condition in the universe there are certain self-evident rights that are universal. The articulation of these rights has a long…



Innovation

20170922 Innovation At a time in our history when the world is at risk across a spectrum of issues, challenges and fear for the future, schools are increasingly called upon to act as vectors for change. Yet the very institution of the school stands as a significant barrier to fostering those changes that will have…



Politics as (Un)Usual

Political relationships need more attention than they are given in the course of day to day living. It is pretty easy to get along with an occasional glance at the evening news and catch a story byte chosen by some producer for air time.  Too much air time seems devoted to the heraldry of the…



Communicating Science

Good morning! I got out of bed early as usual this morning and found myself at the keyboard; also as usual. But last night I had spent 3 hours watching C-SPAN rerun an episode of In Depth with Neil deGrasse Tyson. During the program my keyboard was busy making notes which were still on the…



Glued!

20170525 I’ve been glued to the cable news programs each evening for the past two weeks. I am confident that we are going to learn one of two fact-based lessons; either that President Donald J. Trump and/or his close associates and staff were in collusion with Russian officials and oligarchs to undermine the integrity of…



Times for Change

Original draft April 14, 2017 The election of Donald J. Trump was traumatic on the body politic. Some of us are still mentally retching and have great difficulty believing that the electorate could have been so taken in by lies and hyperbole. Nonsense just didn’t seem to matter. Media was dazzled by the orange hair…