Philosophy + Theory

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!

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 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

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

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

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.

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

WATCH: 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

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

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

Seeing Transaction Theory

Louise Rosenblatt’s visualization depicting the relationship between efferent and aesthetic readings is really powerful. What does it mean when we…

The Pedagogy of Plato’s Cave

If you are reading this, you probably read Plato at some point.  Or, you were probably assigned to read Plato…

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum On Liberal Arts Education

Ever since I read her book Not For Profit, I’ve been drawn to University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum’s take…

19th Century Philosopher Nails “Personalized” Learning Cold

Anyone who has worked in a university or school knows that tingly feeling one gets when the business needs of…

Immaturity is an Incredible Asset for Learning, Dewey Wrote

I’ve been listening to an audiobook of John Dewey’s classic Democracy in Education [free here].  Listening to his work is…

Stop and Listen to James Baldwin on the Place of Writers and Artists. You’ll Be Better for It.

I first encountered James Baldwin in graduate school.  Too late, I think, but better than never at all.  His words…
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