Energy

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

I’m sure Ford saw the writing on the wall a few years ago. And I’m not just talking about hybrids. As the atavistic administration continues to come unhinged, the question has to come: What did they think was going to happen?

At the moment I’m watching a show on genius that’s not at all displaying any of the qualities of genius it hopes to learn me about. In fact, it’s has nothing but a “Gee wiz, I wish I was a genius” sort of delivery that’s typical of the network broadcast. It falls into what I would call the “hysteria of the now” that infects planning decisions. It has to come through dialogue:

“What am I supposed to be doing?”

“Turn on the TV and someone will give you a job.”

There are lots of things to do. Turn the schools into options. Turn the world back into a question. Lose the notion of grades, steps, and square rooms. Will the world fall apart?

Look around.

Anyway, an interview just happened with the folks who run this institute, whose approach I just outlined above. Not because “it takes a genius” but because of the way people generally learn to solve problems but have lost the connection between that and “education.”

School’s about learning to read.

Bullshit.


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