Tomorrow’s the Day

18 09 2010

. . .to talk like a pirate (no, not a pirate on Wall Street like Gordon Gekko but a hi-storied buccaneer.)

The man who got “an ethical bypass at birth” and who famously believed “Greed is good” is back. All who could not get enough of Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987) can look forward to the sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” opening worldwide on September 24. . . a heady mix of high finance, testosterone and drama.

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Buying In and Getting Sold Out by Church, State, Corporate Marketing

18 09 2010

Today seemed a good time to replay this comment from a discussion about how we buy into Rules and Authority, and get sold out in the process:

Well, I for one appreciate the connection Nance and Son are making for me, between Church marketing (evangelism), movie marketing (we’ll never forget that Jaws poster and musical theme), product marketing (tv commercials) and R- party marketing (politics.)

And don’t forget that wicked university credit card marketing scheme, so slyly using sports team branding and the trust we all help instill in our kids for school, and especially higher education, as intellectually worthy of them — yes, I’m still hot about that!

So the common theme — thanks for playing, Jim! — connecting all of these, is how vital a part of real education it is, that we educate our kids about their own human thinking and how it works, so they can see through such amygdala-driven seductions and indentures. Nance and Son give me hope in REAL education and enlightenment, the kind that helps kids think critically no matter which Humbug Oz-Head is behind the curtain, belching smoke in their eyes until Fear and Longing can deliver them up as supplicants before the Foreign Altar . . .
(Talk about scary movies! That was my own first total surrender to movie manipulation, when I was about four.)





“Hopefully Someday You’ll Have a Teenager”

18 09 2010

Via Pam Sorooshian who, just as Nance and I have done, learned from personal experience how wonderful teenagers can be.

The choice is, of course, yours:

Hopefully some day you will have a teenager. Hopefully some day you will enjoy having a teenager. The choice is yours.

Do you want to spend the years arguing with your child or do you want to spend them enjoying your life together? When your child is a young adult do you want them to spend as much time as possible away from you, counting the months until they can move out and have a life of their own? The choice is yours.

You can spend your time and energy trying to get your child to live life according to your expectations of who they will be and how they will behave and what they will do, or you can Read the rest of this entry »





School for Hackers: DIY Takes Education By Storm

18 09 2010

When a kid builds a model rocket, or a kite, or a birdhouse, she not only picks up math, physics, and chemistry along the way, she also develops her creativity, resourcefulness, planning abilities, curiosity, and engagement with the world around her. But since these things can’t be measured on a standardized test, schools no longer focus on them.

Building your own education with stuff you find around the house is so cool it’s red-white-and-blue hot. And despite public stereotype you needn’t be a holy/wholly homeschooling homesteader to learn out of school. Read the rest of this entry »