Friday, March 3, 2017

Au revoir, facebook.

I decided to take a break from facebook, semi-coincidentally coinciding with the beginning of Lent.  I've been clean for two days now, and I have to say I feel a bit better.  I've finished a few crossword puzzles and the latest New York Times Magazine, among other things.  

The only thing I really miss about facebook so far is sharing things I've read.  Easy solution:  restart this blog.  


One of the best things going on the radio these days is Kris Boyd's now-nationally syndicated (in Texas- happy belated Independence Day, y'all) program Think, broadcast locally on 90.1FM and at kera.org.
Her interview with Tom Nichols, a professor at the Naval War College, about his book The Death of Expertise, pretty much stopped me in my tracks.  He was speaking my thoughts!   In addition to citing the instant access to Google that is chipping away at the foundations of actual knowledge, he stated that the real problem with education and our schools is parents;  parents who have never allowed their children to fail, parents who email or call the teachers and professors of their adult children to complain about grades...  This behavior and the tolerance of this behavior is handcuffing and hobbling some truly caring and hardworking teachers.

The podcast:

http://www.podcastchart.com/podcasts/kera-unlimited-kera-s-think-podcast/episodes/the-death-of-expertise

The book:
https://www.amazon.com/Death-Expertise-Campaign-Established-Knowledge/dp/0190469412/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488575938&sr=1-1&keywords=the+death+of+expertise

The Texas Standard is another organization doing a bang-up job of broadcast journalism these days.
http://www.texasstandard.org



More to come. 

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