We fear that others will be adversely influenced by something that we want to censor: video games, porn, racist invective.
But we want to influence others’ behaviour through advertising, campaigning, rhetoric.
Yet we ourselves cannot be influenced; we see through spin, can judge for ourselves what we should watch & never get duped by demagogues, commercials, or con-artists. Continue reading The anxiety over influence
An opinion piece on education? I know. Don’t worry this is less than a thousand words.
In rich countries the education system we currently have is frequently and enjoyably criticised from every angle. But it’s important not to be too cynical. Our industrial schooling model is the utopian dream of 100 years ago: we have free education from ages five to 18, six hours a day, 200 days a year provided by tertiary trained professionals, gender discrimination is on the way down, playgrounds contain few hazards, teachers are forbidden from using corporal punishment or sexual molestation and students are encouraged (especially in high school) to express themselves, pursue some interests and develop as people. Continue reading Our education system doesn’t learn
Here is a rebooted Sound Proof episode where Jamie rants about education. It’s not pretty. Those who think the best way to education is to inspire might be offended by the content.
If the embedded player doesn’t work you can listen to the podcast here.