Comment/Teaching:Myths, vaccines, teaching

Some thoughts on myths, vaccinations and teaching American government. Read More…
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Comment: Blindness, Shuttles and Expectations

When you listen to This American Life’s current episode (or podcast) titled “Batman,” you might come away with the impression it is first and foremost about blindness -- or what it means to be blind in our society. Considered as such, the episode is about the social construction of blindness -- and in that sense it is well worth the listen. But as I listened, what seems more significant was the more encompassing theme of the podcast, for it was primarily about the role expectations play in our lives. Which leads to the reason for this post, for I have a long-standing obsession with expectations.
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Comment: Another Brooks Sermon

In his last NYT column, David Brooks once again used his pulpit to deliver a sermon -- this time on the problematic nature of the vacuous “meaningfulness” movement. Unlike other members of my household, I am no fan of Brooks, and I think much of my dislike comes from his continuous effort to break out of the “columnist” mode and establish himself as an intellectual essayist. His Op-Ed hero is William F. Buckley Jr., but his lifetime objective is probably to become the next Walter Lippmann. Unfortunately for him, he lacks the capacity to be either. As a columnist, he is more George Will than Buckley; as an essayist he is closer to Malcolm Gladwell than Lippmann.
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Comment: In search of the modern job

Catching up with the (as usual) interesting Planet Money podcasts today, I was intrigued by Adam Davidson’s search for the first modern “job” holder. He initiates this search as part of a book project focused on what he describes as the “massive transformation” of today’s economy. In essence, in order to indicate how work has changed in the new economy, he has to establish the nature of what characterizes work in the old economy --that is, the modern “job”. Read More…
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