In case you hadn’t noticed, the Dale Carnegie era is well and truly over. American republican democracy is at great risk when one party, the Democrats, hone their skills at winning friends and influencing people while their rivals employ the scorched earth techniques of birthers, tenthers, 9-12ers, deathers and the other racist paranoid fantasies of Fox News performers and their followers. President Obama acts at our collective peril when he behaves as if there is a new politics.
Bill Maher’s latest “New Rules” commentary, “Float Like Obama, Sting Like Ali.” Is quite important and timely advice for not only the President, but citizens (even teachers) concerned with more rational and compassionate civil society.
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is the author of Twenty Things to Do with a Computer – Forward 50, co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.