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A Fine Line

CJ Westerberg, August 12, 2012 9:35 PM


"The test of a first-rate intelligence
is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and
still retain the ability to function."
 - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs
in one's mind simultaneously,
and accepting both of them.
- George Orwell

Editor's Note:  While overseas for an extended period soaking up new perspectives (and not as much sun as one would assume), I recently received an e/m from a family member forwarding me this about how money-grubbing and/or corrupt on-line education is/may be to which I responded with an answer, "so is traditional education in certain respects" but that was before I may have attached this link, which is about grad school but still . . . entitled The $400,000 Resume Builder.  Ironically, it was the same person who sent me the latter link after I gave my response. 
I love that.  I challenge but want to know more. 

I am not in favor of one (on-line) over the other (trad college classes).  I do worry that college is becoming a place for elites or the monied or whatever one wants to call "them."  I do believe technology can be the key to democratize education.   I also am concerned that on-line education, if not done with the best intentions, interaction, assessment and follow-through, can become a gulch of snake-oil.  But who is to say that higher ed hasn't a bit of that in the old veins?  Yet, as Howard Gardner warns in his essay linked below - let us not use more tests to measure . . .

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The post below by Rohan relates not only of the conversation above but the way the educating community may view a student.   Any of these comparisons below can peg a student in a flawed way that may instead actually be an asset - - - or vice versa.  Another way to view the post below is how one-sided our political convos in the U.S. have become.

Hope you are thinking differently this summer.   - C.J. Westerberg

A Fine Line

Persistence and Annoyance

Push and Aggression

Gentleness and Timidity

Courage and Stupidity

Initiative and NaiveteĀ“

Patience and Lack of Drive

Ambition and Insecurity

Sensitivity and Softness

Firmness and Insensitivity

All separated by that fine line.

Perhaps learning to walk that fine line holds the key to living the life, and living it well.


Related The Daily Riff:

The Limits of Education - Doing the Right Thing

Harvard's Howard Gardner:  "If I Were Trying to Select a School System for my Children . . ."

"The Most Important Higher Education Study in Years" - "Trust Us Doesn't Cut it Anymore" by
Kevin Carey 

Would You Hire Your Own Kids?  Seven Skills We Should Be Teaching Them by Tony Wagner

The Oil Spill and our Educated Citizenry - "To Educate a Man in Mind and not in Morals is to Educate a Menace to Society" - Teddy Roosevelt

Seven Reasons to Say No to College for Your Kids featuring notable college drop-outs

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