Archive for January 8th, 2008

How the mainstream media has failed us

| January 8, 2008 | 9 Replies
How the mainstream media has failed us

I came across an article a few days ago written by John Hockenberry, an award-winning journalist who once worked for NBC’s Dateline and is now a fellow at MIT’s Media Lab. Titled “You Don’t Understand Our Audience”: What I learned about network television at Dateline NBC, this article is a relentless, burning indictment of everything […]

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Are schools killing creativity?

| January 8, 2008 | 7 Replies
Are schools killing creativity?

In this entertaining video, Ken Robinson discusses the critical role creativity should play in education.

Robinson is the author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. Robinson argues that Western education has failed to teach young people to think critically about life, art, culture, and humanism. Instead, most education is geared to producing workers. In the process, most education systems downplay or even disparage art: “Don’t do music; you’re not going to be a musician.” Many brilliant people are taught to think that they are failures because the things they do well–often valuable things-are not valued by most schools. Robinson argues that we’ve got to develop a new “ecology” of education–we’ve got to stop “strip-mining young minds.”

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A year in Iraq, death by death, for 2007

| January 8, 2008 | 1 Reply
A year in Iraq, death by death, for 2007

This disturbing NYT graphic allows you to count them up, all the deaths that billions of U.S. tax dollars can buy.  It includes all of the deaths of those in uniforms caused by the conflict, not just the deaths of U.S. soldiers.  It does not show the civilian deaths. “[S]adly, civilian fatalities in Iraq last […]

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