Daily Archive: March 25, 2010


The chloroformed mind: the case against teaching math

Peter Gray has a fascinating piece in Psychology Today arguing, quite counter-intuitively, that in order to improve math scores we should stop teaching math – at least at the elementary level. He gives the...


Lesson One: Don’t Respond to Book Reviews

Here’s the story of an extraordinarily petty response to a review of a book. The reviewer, Caleb McDaniel, is an old friend of mine from grad school, and I don’t believe him remotely guilty...



“This book was one of my earliest introductions to fantasy and thus to the limits (or lack of limits) of the imagination. I read Dragonlance before I read Tolkien, and was just amazed by...