What Got Me Started Was This Kid in a Cub Scout Uniform

You can’t consider yourself a moral person and at the same time allow the field of education to replace well-designed instruction on tough and important material (what it takes to sustain a democracy, how to read accurately and with deep comprehension) with superficial coverage of dumbed-down subjects. You can’t spend your life in silence, smiling in a collegial (brain-dead) way, while a thousand schools of education celebrate themselves for being…

The magic is back

Of course, computer games and the machines they run on have changed enormously since Zork first appeared in 1980. But I can’t say that the games are any more entertaining. Playing Zork and some of the other games of the day that were called “interactive fiction” was like reading a “Lord of the Rings” book for the first time. You could be transported to a strange and mystical world and…

How the Community Can Work, Fast

For the few seconds between the announcement that Ratzinger was named pope, and the announcement of his choice of name, the Wikipedia entry was titled Pope Joseph… I just happened to catch it on the fly (it was changed before I could update it)… –Stephen Downes, in a comment. –How the Community Can Work, Fast (Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism, Etc.) That’s some fast work on the part of the Wikipedians…

A battle outside the box

OTBs, or “Outside The Boxers,” as they call themselves, are unconventional thinkers who believe “there are no stupid ideas,” Lessjo says. “We really just wanted to know what would happen if Civil War soldiers fought the crew from ‘Star Trek.’ You never see that in the movies or TV reruns.” –Tim Chitwood –A battle outside the box (Leger-Enquirer) What happened? The unspoken hierarchy of obsessive-compulsive subcultures was laid bare for all…

Schools department may join charter school lawsuit

The school argued a need for it’s services by citing lower test scores in Marlborough, Hudson, Maynard and Clinton than in surrounding areas. Set to open it’s doors in the fall to 276 sixth- and seventh- grade students, the charter school plans to expand it’s enrollment to 826 students in grades six through 12. –Schools department may join charter school lawsuit (Shrewsbury Chronicle) Nobody’s perfect, but three misuses of “it’s” for…