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Categories : Cognitive Psychology, Creative Class, education, experimental, learning, Logic, Parent Involvement, Thinking Parents, Video and Other Games, Wonder, Young Son
and Young Son is doing other things but *I* can’t stop playing, just can’t leave it alone, taking back and trying different moves to see what happens next and how it changes the game. Endlessly, without exhausting my ever-patient computer opponent. Autodidact Delight! (and why my posting here is suddenly light.)
This is probably addictive behavior. . .
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Categories : Advocacy, Barack Obama, Change, Culture, Ethics and Philosophy, Framing, Logic, Partisan Politics, Election News/Commentary, Reason
I don’t know if Paul Krugman knows everything even if he is popular on the left right now but he had a good column up yesterday about how we argue about the economic stimulus plan. The phrase that caught my eye was “arguing in good faith.”
This was a point I tried to make a few days ago at another blog — that what the country voted for was, in part, this very thing — that we want people to argue “in good faith.” We are tired of “cheap shots” and “bogus talking point[s]” and “nonsensical argument[s]” and time being wasted refuting “arguments and assertions that are equally fraudulent but can seem superficially plausible” and “old arguments” that don’t mention current circumstances.
Obama is polite and bipartisan and all that good stuff. Krugman is a bit less so — citing the “I won” quip — and I am sure I will never be close to bipartisan.
But that is a separate issue from truth. Facts. Straight information. The full picture. Context. Moving beyond playing games and addressing serious issues seriously. Rising above our personal biases and arguing in good faith.
It’s harder than falling back on soundbites but, as Krugman wrote, anything less will be and should be disregarded as “huffing and puffing.”
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Categories : Books, learning, Literacy, Volunteering
There’s a new President with a pretty old-fashioned idea — that we should help our neighbors.
I think a lot of us do things already that fit in that category but the new thing that I am going to start is volunteering as a tutor in our library’s adult literacy program.
I’ve never done anything like this but they say that’s OK. I’m scheduled to attend a workshop to get started and then to meet with the literacy coordinator at the library to match me with someone who needs help learning to read English.
In Florida that might mean someone who speaks Spanish as much as it could mean someone who speaks English. I was told not to worry about that even though my Spanish is pretty much non-existent.
Another good thing the library does is to provide the space for this program. They don’t ask people to meet in their homes but have meeting rooms set up for the literacy program.
Why now? Well, we are in the library at least once a week and there is a big poster in the lobby asking for volunteers
and DD and I have looked at it and nodded and mumbled that we should find out about that for at least a year. But we all know how that goes. Life intervenes and it gets pushed down the list of things to do. But then Obama kept talking and talking and talking and it finally clicked that I could probably find a few hours a week to help someone. What about that literacy program? I’m at the library anyway. Why not call? So I did and aside from not knowing how to fill out the application where it asks me what “skills and abilities” I have, it seems very manageable.
So, that’s my response to the President’s calls to service. Whether you are doing something similar or hate the whole idea, you can write about it and link your thoughts at the Thinking Homeschoolers wiki.
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Categories : Arts, Barack Obama, Change, Culture, Family Values, Liberties and Rights, Memes, Movies/TV, music, Political Frames, Power of Story, Thinking and Feeling, Wonder
Passing on this beautiful dream meme from Dale, because at last it’s real and I want it here at Snook for easy access, to enjoy over and over. Heck, to wallow in! SO soul-satisfying. . .