Philosophy + Theory

My 15-year Bookish Quest FINALLY Comes to an End

My 15-year Bookish Quest FINALLY Comes to an End

When I was an undergraduate, I double majored in philosophy and English. (Readers who know my scholarship can attest to…
Philosophy? Good. Card Games? Good.

Philosophy? Good. Card Games? Good.

This is another level of philosophical phatness. Just check out this game called 100 Questions from Alain de Botton‘s The…
Give the Gift of Strindberg and Helium to Someone you Love: Watch, Ponder, and Be

Give the Gift of Strindberg and Helium to Someone you Love: Watch, Ponder, and Be

Nothing says HOLIDAY like a witty philosophical cartoon about brooding Swedish playwright Johan August Strindberg and his chipper castrato pinkish balloon…
What a Squirrel in City Hall Park Teaches Us about Learning

What a Squirrel in City Hall Park Teaches Us about Learning

I recently asked my education students to conduct a Learning Walk. It goes like this: They have 45 minutes to…
The Etymology of ‘Pedagogy’ Might Surprise You

The Etymology of ‘Pedagogy’ Might Surprise You

If you love education and love etymology, you’ll dig this. I love looking to the histories of words to better…
Literacy and Orality Nerds, There’s a Walter Ong Lecture Online

Literacy and Orality Nerds, There’s a Walter Ong Lecture Online

Walter Ong’s work on literacy and orality marked, for me, a turning point in my professional life. I’ve since come…
Is That a John Dewey T-Shirt? Philosophy Meets Fashion!

Is That a John Dewey T-Shirt? Philosophy Meets Fashion!

Today’s reason to smile. Making educational philosophical thought cool again. Get it in your size (or mine!) here. And for…
Science and Poetry, Both are Celebrations

Science and Poetry, Both are Celebrations

Science and poetry are two sides of the same universal coin. (And here’s another, more etymological take, on the matter.)…
Technophobic Hype: A History of Technology and the Future of Work

Technophobic Hype: A History of Technology and the Future of Work

From Socrates to the Internet, history is filled with freak-outs about the way new technologies will destroy humanity. And then…
Listen to Dewey’s Democracy and Education–for Free

Listen to Dewey’s Democracy and Education–for Free

It’s an iconic work in the philosophy of education, but have you read it?  No? That’s OK, now you can…
Socrates on Democracy and Education

Socrates on Democracy and Education

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a firm believer in the usefulness of philosophy and theory. It’s not…
Everyone Should Know How Computers Work. These Videos Can Help.

Everyone Should Know How Computers Work. These Videos Can Help.

Whether you work in schools or dabble in digital research methods, you will instantly become a more critical user of…
What Constitutes Teaching?

What Constitutes Teaching?

The 3rd installment in my Education Series for LinkedIn, check out this brief video where I pose some of the…
Literature as “the operating instructions,” in Memory of Ursula K. Le Guin

Literature as “the operating instructions,” in Memory of Ursula K. Le Guin

Le Guin’s essays are some of the loveliest prose I’ve read recently, her style outmatched only by her astuteness for…
Not Sure What to Think About this Philosopher’s Rubric

Not Sure What to Think About this Philosopher’s Rubric

The word rubric was originally used to refer to the annotations medieval church officials made in liturgy books in order…
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