"(Re)reading from first to last, as I have recently, Michel Houellebecq’s entire body of translated work leaves me in little doubt that he is the only novelist in the west truly capturing the pernicious effects on individuals living through this latest manifestation of capitalism, a neoliberalism whose influence reaches deep into notions of individualism and identity."

Does it really make sense to think of children as buds that will unfold if gentle farmer-teachers just manage to get the soil of education right? Was Ken Robinson right that a post-industrial society needs a pre-industrial metaphor for education?

We argue that both questions are to be answered in the negative.

longvividdreams asked: Hey, thanks for the follow :). Just out of curiosity: how did you stumble upon my blog?

I was looking to see if anyone was posting stuff about Karl Jaspers (or was it Buber? I forget now) and your blog came up. Something caught my eye. Clicked follow. An impulse.

Zizek! (2005), dir. by Astra Taylor

(Source: lobstrocities)


"We should re-invent Utopia;
but in what sense? There are two false meanings of Utopia:
One is this old notion of imagining an
ideal society which we know will never be

The other is the capitalist utopia, in the sense of new, perverse desires, that you are not only allowed but even...

The child as empty vessel, blank slate, tabula rasa - a defence of the much-vilified idea dating back to John Locke.

The empty vessel, the blank slate and the abyss in education

A meditation upon the place of emptiness - the abyss - in the high school curriculum, beginning with a defence of the vilified image of the child as an empty vessel/blank slate/tabula rasa, moving onto an argument for placing that emptiness as a topic in the curriculum of any self-respecting education for freedom - an education informed by a liberation pedagogy.

For the meditation, click The child as an empty vessel - a defence.

The teacher as midwife ancient and modern and post-modern

One of the platitudes of 21st century pedagogy: “Don’t be the sage on the stage, rather the guide at the side.” Sounds like the Socratic idea of the teacher as midwife? Maybe, but look at the 21st century version more closely and you see it actually stands the Socratic method on its head.

A critique of the sort of anti-teaching pedagogy being preached by the likes of Sugata Mitra (“Hey, look, the kids can figure out how to use Windows Paint all by themselves!”).

To read the long and rather philosphical critique of 21st century pedagogy click: The teacher as midwife - Socrates, Rousseau and the 21st century pedagogues (Sugata Mitra, et al).


"On November 10, 1995, Nigerian activist and author Ken Saro Wiwa was executed. On Friday, thousands gathered to pay tribute to Ken in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. In this final interview before he was killed, he accuses Shell and other oil companies of complicity in genocide against the Ogoni people. The Ogoni struggle for social and environmental justice continues."