Monday, December 21, 2009

Deschooling Quotes: FLEX

All my quote files were moved to pKnatzQuotes blog, then to pKnatz blog.

Deschooling Quotes moved

All my quote files were moved to pKnatzQuotes blog, then to pKnatz blog.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Testing 1, 2, 3

"Who would test me?"

That's what George Lyman Kittredge, Harvard professor of Shakespeare, quipped when asked why he didn't have a Ph.D. Right. He knew more on the subject than anyone: who indeed would test him?

The professors in my graduate English department at NYU proved incapable of testing me. I freely admit that I might have proved incapable of testing them on some idea they are inspired by but that I am opaque to.

God can test us at Judgment, but who's to test God's competence to do so?
Nested incapacities may be infinite.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Ivan Illich's proposed learning webs recommended that the public avail itself of community data bases, cybernetic where the population was large. Illich distinguished between human resources and inanimate resources. Thus a teacher, expert, or skill model would be listed in one yellow pages; a book store, a stationary store, or an art supplies store would be listed in another.

My Free Learning Exchange, Inc., founded in New York City in 1970, did exactly that: and I talked, wrote, and published suggestions that the learning webs sprouting up around the world expand to become general public resource data bases: where doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs could advertise together with the "teachers." But today I launch this post to make an additional distinction: one to which human or inanimate is immaterial: I wish to distinguish the category of resources into sub-categories of degree of development.
Developed resources
Under-developed resources
Over-developed resources
Missed resources

Tobacco is in my judgment an over-developed resource: over-produced, over-sold, over-consumed. Intelligence is an under-developed resource: church, school, government ... chase it away with a stick. And the public watches with its thumb in its ass: just like we watched Jesus get railroaded: and then Jesus' followers: and still Jesus' followers ...