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The Conscious Creation of Culture as the Goal of Education

I live in a world that is so normal to me that I forget that even most educated people don’t live in this world.  I rarely watch television:  I don’t watch sports, news, political debates or campaigns, advertising, celebrity gossip, … Continue reading

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Learnable Intelligence and Taking Refined Pedagogical Practices Seriously

I recently wrote Charles Manski regarding his article “Genes, Eyeglasses, and Social Policy,” in which he argues that regardless of the heritability of IQ, that fact is irrelevant to social policy, much as the heritability of genetic defects in vision … Continue reading

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If We Had a Way to Increase IQ and Develop the Prefrontal Cortex of Inner City Youth Would We Implement It?

One of the founders of Montessori MadMen, a group of fathers who are passionate about promoting Montessori education, loved “The Creation of Conscious Culture through Educational Innovation” but was concerned that in an education market, the poor would be underserved: I … Continue reading

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How the Endless Process of Division of Labor and the Entrepreneurial Identification of New Niches Would Transform Education If We Allowed it To Do So

I don’t actually have time to write a complete account of “How the Endless Process of Division of Labor and the Entrepreneurial Identification of New Niches Would Transform Education If We Allowed it To Do So” this morning, but I … Continue reading

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In Praise of Seagram, Fighting, and Happiness

While creating a Socratic middle school program at an inner city Anchorage public school, one of the students I was working with was Seagram.  Already by 7th grade, 13 or so years old, he was six foot two or more, … Continue reading

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How to Make Learning Almost as Much Fun as Sex – So that Teenagers LOVE Doing It!

I’ve often said that leading Socratic discussions is my second most favorite activity (apparently some people enjoy exercising more than I do). I’ve had teenagers say, after spending a year in my Socratic classes rather than a regular English class, … Continue reading

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Socratic Practice as Disruptive Technology

My TEDx UFM talk is out, “Socratic Practice as Disruptive Technology.” I refer early on to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outlier’s regarding the Korean Airline crash, then to Sophocles’ Antigone, Socrates,  Julian Jaynes’ The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the … Continue reading

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