Dalton Laboratory Plan [...]

Helen Parkhurst, who trained under Maria Montessori, developed her own version of Progressive education. According to Wikipedia, "Parkhurst's specific objectives were as follows: To tailor each student's program to his or her needs, interests and abilities. To promote each student's independence and dependability. To enhance the student's social skills. To in...

 

This is not the Crusades [...]

David Perry, a medievalist, writing on CNN: The idea that contemporary military and terrorist activities in the Middle East embody a new Crusade isn't exactly new. What's startling is that today both supporters of ISIS and radical Christian terrorists have adopted the same language. Both sides are using medieval history to justify their violent intentions. ...But one ...

 

Disciplines [...]

Most academic disciplines can trace their roots to the secularization of universities in the 18th and 19th centuries and, with the Enlightenment, the turn towards the sciences and a more orderly system of knowledge. From Michel Foucault's Surveiller et punir (translated into English, of course, as Discipline and Punish): “Discipline” may be identified neither with...

 

Technological Imperialism [...]

Dan Romero on Twitter: "Proprietary mapping" is, I suppose, one way to describe imperialism. It reduces imperialism to a technology and divorces it from politics, ethics, ideology. How are these new "proprietary maps" dividing up the globe today? What is the role of the nation-state and what is the role of the multinational corporation in 21st century technological i...

 

Computer History and Computer Culture [...]

From Seymour Papert's The Children's Machine: >The point I am making is not simply that this was a mathematical culture (which it was), but that it was the particular kind of mathematical culture in which precise calculation plays the dominant role and the technical and analytic have more weight than the intuitive and the experiential. > >Thus, many factors c...