A quick hit on three reasons theology is important.
Another in a series of posts defending the physical book. There are certainly parts of this I agree with, such as:
Since bibliophiles are happy to acknowledge the absurdity, the obese impracticality of gathering more books than there are days to read them, one’s collection must be about more than remembering—it must be about expectation also.
There is a lot of talk about adult style learning, androgogy rather than pedagogy, at least in what I’ve read and heard over the last few years. One thing I know about that, is it includes putting desks in a circle.
Rethinking the classroom in the world of ubiquitous online education. Here’s the problem in a nutshell:
The relatively recent emergence of the Internet, and the ever-increasing ease of access to web, has unmistakably usurped the teacher from the former role as dictator of subject content. These days, teachers are expected to concentrate on the “facilitation” of factual knowledge that is suddenly widely accessible.
Ed Stetzer with three ways Christians will engage culture. Slightly different than the Andy Crouch postures, but a succinct and helpful matrix.
Some things should be hard. I agree. Here’s a snippet:
The arrival of the Internet has proved no panacea. The vast canvas afforded by the Internet has done little to encourage thoughtful and serious criticism. Mostly it has provided a vast Democracy Wall on which any crackpot can post his or her manifesto. Bloggers bloviate and insults abound. Discourse coarsens. Information is abundant, wisdom scarce. It is a striking irony, as Leon Wieseltier has noted, that with the arrival of the Internet, “a medium of communication with no limitations of physical space, everything on it has to be in six hundred words.”
Are we on another swing from one extreme to another in education? Here’s the observation:
I see Pendulum 2.0 as the swing from teachers drowning in an oversaturated ocean of “cool tools,” to the realization that without sound pedagogical practice, technology will have little to no impact in the classroom.
What an important point!
Michael Bird offers five questions for Rachel Held Evans, in part in response to her recent book but also more broadly to her overall stance on several issues. Especially her decision to no longer identify as evangelical, to affiliate with the Episcopal church, and her stance on issues like gay marriage. Interesting perspective from a non-US, conservative perspective.