Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Comment on the Belmont Club:
"The return of the Bicameral Mind"

The “Skull Phone implant” was the plot basis for the movie The President’s Analyst with James Coburn. The "Cerebrum Communicator" from TPC.

The graphics are a perfect evocation of those used by corporations in the 1964-65 World's Fair. Click to bring up in a separate window/tab.

Many years ago I had to read the South Carolina educational reports. They were priceless because they laid out all expenditures by race. Each year for many years the head of the State Agricultural and Technical School, the black college, wrote a letter begging for money that was included in the annual report. Each year his letter was the same and began with a description of how all a teacher really needed was a log to sit on and a student on the other end of the log. Then he would ask for money. The best education still does happen with one teacher, one student, and one log handy for either sitting on or wielding as an attention getting club. The faculty are suffering because the rules of common courtesy were deconstructed by their fellow academics. They are hypocrites for disliking the results which include ill mannered students, coworkers as feral as Amy Bishop and administrators more loyal to political masters than standards of scholarship. When schools reassert their authority to instruct the whole student, when they tell students to pull their pants up and shut the door after they leave, then they will find students focusing more on what is happening in the real classroom than on the virtual world in the toy before them.

In my day I learned my math digitally, counts fingers. I could have gone for the advanced base 20 course but that involved removing your shoes.

Leo Linbeck III,
(who teaches MBA students in Texas)
The greatest skill for a Leader is listening. Have you considered putting your students through an Active Listening training program with a lab exercise? It really is a learned behavior that can be mastered. Back in my day it was part of OCS and might have been the most useful thing we did, other than the fire fighting module.

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