Keeping People Out of the Classroom

The President’s “Back to School Message” has caused quite a stir. I read in the Pensacola News Journal that Escambia County schools are not planning to show the address because they say it will cut into valuable class time. Could be a reasonable claim in these times of constant standardized test preparation. But… let’s just say that claim struck me as odd considering a recent … Continue reading Keeping People Out of the Classroom

TED

TED One of my favorite web sites in the whole world wide interweb is TED. Back in my college days, I changed majors a lot. Engineering, English, Pre-Law, Psychology, Broadcasting. It’s perhaps telling that my favorite classes back in those days were broad survey courses where I learned big ideas about big subjects. Once it got down to the nitty-gritty details, I lost interest and … Continue reading TED

Football and Philosophy

Football and Philosophy 1 There was a feature story in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine about the philosophy department at Auburn University. Yes, I said the philosophy department at Auburn University. The man responsible for turning the department into one of the best in the country is Kelly Jolley. Described here by Jonathan Mahler. At 42, he is a bear of a man with … Continue reading Football and Philosophy

Middle School Blues

Welcome to Furious Fireflies. I’ve got a small About Page worked out so check it out. I’m kicking this thing off with a bit of a rant but if that kind of thing turns you off, don’t worry. My rants are few and far between and this place will hopefully be a smile maker instead curmudgeon’s corner. Hopefully even the rants will be smile makers. … Continue reading Middle School Blues