Wit & Wisdom

October 2013


Noam Chomsky: The Purpose of Education

"Education is really aimed at helping students get to the point where they can learn on their own. . . " Read more

7 Things I Learned in 7 Years

"The cult of productivity has its place, but worshipping at its altar daily robs us of the very capacity for joy and wonder that makes life worth living . . ." - Maria Popova Read more

Steve Jobs: Liberal Arts Essential for Innovation

"We need to revolutionize education to encourage creativity and need to teach our kids to play, take a chance and create. By not teaching our children liberal arts we will hinder their capacity to innovate." Read more

CEO: Drawing Can Help One Think and Reflect

Great video from pandodaily, my new favorite tech site, about how the CEO of Deviant Art uses his artistic expression and journaling to help him think, reflect, organize or clear his head to work better. Read more

Advice to Graduates: Accomplishment is Unreliable

The Best Commencement of 2013 - George Saunders: "But still. It bothers me. So here's something I know to be true, although it's a little corny, and I don't quite know what to do with it: What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly." Read more

The Case Against Algebra 2

"Algebra 2 Common Core (textbook) is, in other words, a typical, old-fashioned algebra textbook.  It's a highly efficient engine for the creation of math rage: a dead scrap heap of repellent terminology, a collection of spiky, decontextualized, multistep mathematical black-box... Read more

10 Things I Learned at (Bard) College Which I Couldn't Possibly Have Picked Up Elsewhere

I've often switched careers - from the arts world to human rights to international relations. "From law to writing and development to events management, Bard has taught me that with the right mindset, flexibility is possible, and versatility allows you to remain calm under pressure . . ." Read more
The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
Alvin Toffler
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