Alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another—slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.
Neil Postman, from AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH
I am a professor of teacher education at Berry College, the world's largest and most beautiful campus. There is no profession more important than teacher. Neurosurgeons get paid higher salaries, but a teacher affects more brains in a week that a neurosurgeon encounters in a lifetime.
BOOKS and ARTICLES contain free articles and chapters from books on teaching, learning, and public education. MUSIC features an original tune or two. MOM features photos of my mother, a loving, generous, kind, and immensely talented woman.
I wrote a book called PROJECT-BASED WRITING IN SCIENCE a few years ago. One of the chapters from that book, GOING VIRAL, describes an in-depth simulation about the spread of viruses. The unit plan was originally built around developing a response to a potential outbreak of H5N1 (bird flu), but is effortlessly adaptable to SARS-CoV-2, the flu of the moment. The unit can be downloaded here.
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