Marian Byrnes brought her own magic to Circle Pines

In a brief article – Magic at Circle Pines – Marian tells of how she first came to work at Circle Pines as office manager in 1971. That article appears in CPC’s 60th Reunion Anthology (1998). Marian at her desk at CPC in 1983 The 60th Reunion Anthology also has a longer work by MarianContinue reading “Marian Byrnes brought her own magic to Circle Pines”

Thoughts on Kevin Carey’s book – The End of College

Back in 2016, I posted this to my old blog. Now I’m slowly getting around to moving my old blog post to my new blog on WordPress. Kevin Carey’s latest book — The End of College: creating the future of learning and the University of Everywhere — is an interesting and informative read. Although hisContinue reading “Thoughts on Kevin Carey’s book – The End of College”

A quick overview of College Disrupted by Ryan Craig

Back on 6/18/2016, I posted the following to my old blog, which I’m slowly moving to my new WordPress blog. At that time, I had just finished reading College Disrupted. College Disrupted: the Great Unbundling of Higher Educationby Ryan Craigcopyright 2015 Here’s his list of the problems he finds with higher education in the USContinue reading “A quick overview of College Disrupted by Ryan Craig”

Macroeconomic Indicators and the Stock Market

Here are some references for evaluating the stock market in relation to various macroeconomic indicators. Essentially, a relatively high Wilshire5000/GDP ratio indicates an over-valued stock market. Likewise, a relatively high Shiller PE ratio also indicates an over-valued stock market. Also, rising interest rates are generally bad for the stock market. There’s an old saying thatContinue reading “Macroeconomic Indicators and the Stock Market”

Blaming the AI Technology We Fear

Before we talk about fearing and blaming robots, we should mention another form of technology that we have feared for some time now: nuclear weapons. Generally speaking, it does not make sense to blame nuclear weapons because they could be used to wipe out human civilization. However, we may blame those humans who used theContinue reading “Blaming the AI Technology We Fear”

Zack Beauchamp on the Defenders and Critics of Liberalism

In his well researched article – The anti-liberal moment – Zack Beauchamp sees liberalism as the political center. He wants to defend liberalism, in part because he does not think prominent liberals are doing a very good job in this regard. Unfortunately, he does not get around to presenting his own defense of center-liberalism, butContinue reading “Zack Beauchamp on the Defenders and Critics of Liberalism”

Binary Thinking vs Critical Thinking

Here’s an interesting meme-quote making the rounds on Facebook:“The road to fascism is lined with people telling you to stop overreacting.” I suppose there are others who would say something similar:“The road to communism is lined with people telling you to stop overreacting.” Are fascism and communism opposite ends of a political continuum? If so,Continue reading “Binary Thinking vs Critical Thinking”

The Feynman Effect – aka the Illusion of Understanding

What is Einstein getting at in this quote? Educational Psychologists talk about the “illusion of understanding.” Sometimes this term is used to describe the potential downside of a very clear explanation. For example, the Feynman Lectures on Physics are often characterized as being one of the clearest explanations of introductory physics. Richard Feynman was aContinue reading “The Feynman Effect – aka the Illusion of Understanding”

On deciding what we should teach in our public schools and elsewhere.

Meme quote: Every high school should have a mandatory class called “Life” which teaches you how to: sew, change a tire/oil, do taxes, basic first aid, basic cooking etc. The basic things that you need in real life. FMB Interesting idea. Note that the Circle Pines summer camp experience does teach some important life skillsContinue reading “On deciding what we should teach in our public schools and elsewhere.”

My Blog Posts on Educational Technology

This is a list of my blog posts on educational technology starting in April of 2020. I have a similar list from my old blog, which goes from 2010 to April of 2020. You can find a link to that list here. 2022 A quick overview of College Disrupted by Ryan Craighttps://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2022/06/18/a-quick-overview-of-college-disrupted-by-ryan-craig/ Thoughts on KevinContinue reading “My Blog Posts on Educational Technology”