Cursive Writing Begins to Officially Die

I’m especially interested in what parents and teachers think about this:  The state of Indiana has decided to stop teaching cursive writing in their schools.  (article) I’m not really sure what I think about that. Part of me says they’re right:  students should all be proficient at the computer keyboard.  I myself hardly ever even print and only use cursive… Continue reading

And You Unexpectedly Realize

I speak a lot about making a difference, about making the world a better place because you live in it. I say this mostly to educators. The work of the educator is a calling more than a job, and our mission is to empower human potential. For some reason, about this I have always been passionate. I have generally tried… Continue reading

Dr. Robert Thomas

I was saddened today to learn that Dr. Robert Thomas, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, with whom I worked closely during my time at the university, overseeing the Music Learning  Center which he established in 1978, passed away in September, 2009. Dr. Thomas was a kind, gracious gentleman with a distinguished, almost old world manner and a rich… Continue reading

Fighting Being Disillusioned

I’ve actually been thinking more and more about leaving the US. I mean: for good. I find myself so disillusioned with what is happening in my native land. My country forces education reform that is destroying creativity, problem solving, deep thinking, and analysis of knowledge to inform carefully considered long term solution-making for the immediacy of factionalized curriculum memorization. My… Continue reading

Strangle the Future

I’m glad I went to university when I did. I had some of the most amazing professors! In 1960, 75 percent of college instructors were full-time tenured or tenure-track professors; today only 27 percent are. The rest are graduate students or adjunct and contingent faculty — instructors employed on a per-course or yearly contract basis, usually without benefits and earning… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Eight – Dublin, My Final Day

  Dublin is a very busy city. As I was out and about last night, I noticed how very young everyone was. But, I just thought that I was in the city centre area near Trinity College. I was just in college town. However, I’ve been told that, astoundingly, over 50% of the population of Dublin is under the age… Continue reading

Blistering Interview. I hope He's Wrong

Today religious mania has infected the political bloodstream and America has become corrosively isolationist, he says. “Ask an American what they know about Sweden and they’d say ‘They live well but they’re all alcoholics’. In fact a Scandinavian system could have benefited us many times over.” Instead, America has “no intellectual class” and is “rotting away at a funereal pace.… Continue reading

It’s Not Really About Obama

The puppeteers of the wacko, extremist conservatives that get trotted out in the media every time they want to brainwash Americans don’t really fear Obama. They fear education. They fear enlightenment. They fear a citizenry that is more difficult to manipulate for profiteering because, well… they think critically. Yes, their favorite word is “fear!” It’s what they do best. Image… Continue reading