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…



Easter’s Truth

20170416 Easter’s Truth How can we expect a society that honors truth when the moral, intellectual and spiritual foundations of well over 60% of people revolve around a myth of magisterial proportions? Yes, revolve. Most people in the USA are spinning in and out of unbelievable beliefs about what is right and what is wrong…



Experience

20170320 Experience Pete Seeger once said; “Education is what you get when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.” I’m not sure if philosopher of education John Dewey would agree with singer & songwriter Seeger, but I expect that at some future point their relative considerations and positions will…



Darwinian Robotics

The combination of robotics and social darwinism as foisted upon the American people by the likes of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell; and Donald Trump is now a reality that cannot be ignored. The Article in Huffington Post yesterday by Brian Ross carries the scare inducing title; “Trump And Republicans Expect You To Die, Joe Public”…



A New Direction

One of the big differences between living in Minneapolis and living in Herbster is that I now routinely lock the door. When we turned the Herbster house over to our new tenant, we could not find the key to the front door and had to hand over a new lock-set and say; “Install it if…



Moving Day

Last Saturday we moved on. We moved from our home in Herbster. The place is rented  and we have less reason to go back than we had  last week, last month and last year — for over twenty years. Thomas Wolfe said, “you can never go home again.” Perhaps Saturday marked the time when we…