Great prediction, Carnac: a brief history of the future of online education

One of the great things about blogging for the better part of a decade is that you can hold people accountable for the silly things they once said, or wrote, and presumably believed. Do you remember 2010?  Like yesterday?  Here’s columnist Froma Harrop on September 21, 2010: Bill Gates recently predicted: “Five years from now … Continue reading Great prediction, Carnac: a brief history of the future of online education

Education round-up: the suck it up edition

Friendly greeting!  Comments on the local weather, and humorous story about my weekend plans.  Here we go: Denver second grade teacher Austen Kassinger says that struggle is inherent to learning, and that parents need to push their children to achieve by owning that struggle.  After spending an entire evening working through five long-division problems in … Continue reading Education round-up: the suck it up edition

New Year’s Resolution: Hundreds of pounds gone, overnight! And a promise to keep them off.

Book weight, that is, not body weight.  Our recent discussion of clutter, inspired by the super-detailed and super-creepy installation “Barbie Trashes her Dream House“, has inspired me to donate the shelves full of books I no longer read or use.  I’ve just removed four boxes and large bags of books off of my shelves, and I’m … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution: Hundreds of pounds gone, overnight! And a promise to keep them off.

Who’s killing the footnote?

Alexandra Horowitz blames e-books, but footnote-killing is a longstanding trend among non-virtual academic book publishers for at least twenty years.  Most university presses and tradey U-press lines use endnotes, period.  (And who other than university presses make such generous use of notes, anyway?  Nonfiction trade books usually offer the clumsy and much more paper-consumptive apparatus of citing sources by quoting the beginning … Continue reading Who’s killing the footnote?

Electronic textbooks: mole dishes insider intel

I had lunch on Monday with a mole deep inside the world of for-profit academic publishing.  We discussed his industry’s current fascination with e-textbooks:  everyone is developing them and spending gobs of money on them, but no one has figured out how to profit from them.  (Like everything else on the internets, except for Pr()n and gambling!)  … Continue reading Electronic textbooks: mole dishes insider intel