Tag Archives: literacy

Reading is Such a Bohr

[Niehls Bohr] meant to teach us, as have other wise people, that it is better to have access to more than one profound truth. To be able to hold comfortably in one’s mind the validity and usefulness of two contradictory … Continue reading

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A Change Gonna Come

With apologies to Sam Cooke and the haunting song he wrote about the struggle for civil rights, a change gonna come. Let’s start with a video that’s gone viral in the last day or so (another sign that the change … Continue reading

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Dunkers do nots

Some time ago, probably a year or more before this blog post, I was inclined to remember an anecdote about a religious sect who had sworn off publication of their ideas for fear of being entrapped by them. At the … Continue reading

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Poorly Informed?

Mike Wallace brings us a segment from a mid-1980’s edition of 60 Minutes about the problem of cultural literacy and its meaning to democracy. Wallace spends time in the classroom of Jamie O’Neill at South Puget Sound Community College discussing … Continue reading

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The Heffner-Postman Connection

Richard Heffner is a long time professor of Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers University and the producer of PBS’ The Open Mind. Heffner is one of the people responsible for bringing you public television if you’re a New Yorker … Continue reading

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On Bugs, Bytes and Books

Recently, some friends offered a gift to my children. A male rhinoceros beetle. In Japan, these bulgy-looking, tusked beasts are often the favorite pets of young kids during the summer months and can be readily caught in the wild, if … Continue reading

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