Monthly Archives February 2010

Book Notes – The Shadow University (2)

Following on… Catherine MacKinnon and Stanley Fish… are explicit in their disdain for the First Amendment‘s absolutist and noncontextual approach. In her influential book Only Words, MacKinnon, a feminist legal scholar at the University of Michigan, introduced her chapter “Equality and Speech” with the blunt statement that “the law of equality and the law of […]

Book Notes – After Liberalism

Image via Wikipedia After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State (New Forum Books) by Paul Edward Gottfried, Professor of Humanities at Elizabethstown College. An analysis of what happened to the meaning of “liberalism” in the United States in the 20th century, focusing on the post-WWII period. It examines the roots of “political correctness”, and […]

Book Notes – Deschooling Society (2)

Image via Wikipedia Following on… For most men the right to learn is curtailed by the obligation to attend school. ((From the introduction.) the existence of the university is necessary to guarantee continued social criticism (p. 37) The man addicted to being taught seeks his security in compulsive teaching. (p. 39) once the self-taught man […]

Book notes – The Shadow University

(Part 1 of 2. Part 2 is here). Ralph Raico mentioned this book in a speech he gave on the occasion of his being awarded the Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Cause of Liberty. (Read the speech on the Mises Institute website.) Here’s the relevant section from the speech: Today America […]

Book Notes – Deschooling society

Image via Wikipedia Here are some quotes from chapter 1 of  Ivan Illich‘s classic Deschooling Society, which I recently re-read. The quotes are sentences or ideas that caught my attention. They are not necessarily representative, either of the book itself, nor of Illich’s or my thinking; that is, you won’t get an objective summary of […]

Upgrading PHP, or Scribefire Plugin Problem fixed

CIMG1087 Originally uploaded by sheffnermarc This is to test if upgrading my PHP has solved the problem of stripped HTML tags, which I referred to earlier. It seems it is now working, and a test post from Scribefire (now re-instated) also seems to work fine.  And thanks to the tech folk at Siteground for responding […]

Scribefire plugin problem

Image via Wikipedia Scribefire is a blog-editor plugin that allows you to blog directly from a website to your blog without going to your blog, if you get my drift. Despite having Scribefire plugin loaded into my Firefox browser, I haven’t used it recently, because it posted garbage. Specifically, “When I post to WordPress, all […]

The Answer Sheet

Scenes from the Battleground‘s Twitter feed points me to this Washington Post article: The Answer Sheet – teaching without gimmicks. Except for the misguided notion of targeting learning styles, none of these techniques is wrong in itself. But together they raise a barrier. Instead of bringing the subject closer to the students, this heap of […]