Friday, August 21, 2015
Many people think of the SAT as just another test, and the SAT test score as just another number that can be used to make decisions about college admissions. The truth is that it represents a systems-based philosophy that reflects the transition from high school education to college education.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
We all can attest to the power of education to change lives for the better, but we should not be too hasty in thinking that our problem today is a lack of education. If a lack of education were our problem educated people would not start wars; educated people would not embezzle funds, educated people would not pollute the environment. There would be no such thing as an educated crook. Our problem may be that we do not yet know the purpose of education nor the purpose of the scientific activity that often is its foundation. We need to understand why we practice education and science. Without that information we will never know whether we have used them effectively.
Monday, May 11, 2015
The only reason we learn about the world is so we can learn about ourselves, and the only reason we learn about ourselves is so we can remedy whatever we discover is wrong with ourselves. Those who are best equipped to lead us in the effort to remedy what is wrong with us are those who lead us in learning about the world around us. Why, then, is the scientific community missing in action as we battle our most pressing social problems?
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I am beginning to wonder why white people have to be present when black people are reminding themselves of just how horribly their ancestors were treated by white people in the past. It is painful enough for me. I can just imagine how painful it must be for them to be reminded that the people doing those terrible deeds in those pictures are in their bloodline.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Many people associate Carl Sagan with the idea (not original with him) that humans are made of star stuff, but not many people recall that he also said that humans "embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos, [and] we ... speak for earth." That is very unfortunate.