Schools should not be prisons. Surely that shouldn’t be controversial. And yet, controversial it is.
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In America today, the emotion most associated with children is not love or tenderness, but righteous indignation.
Sitting kids down for hours every day and forcing them to engage in pointless busy work without end — does that teach discipline? Doesn’t it instead instill the lesson that neither you nor your happiness matter, and that the most important virtue is neither thought nor action, but obedience?
As this year comes to a close I’d like to talk about a word that can be as debilitating and destructive as any in the English language. That word is talent, and in America, it’s practically a national obsession.
I’ve recently begun teaching cartooning again. That event, and the approaching season of commerce gift giving have persuaded me to take a look at some interesting books that have a tangential relationship to the subject. There are plenty of books out there that directly address the processes and skills of cartooning, with greater or lesser […]
Last Saturday, at one o’clock in the afternoon, fifteen Seattle cartoonists packed into a sunlit room at the Phinney Ridge Community Center for a twenty-four hour annual ritual. Burdened with snacks, lap boards and drawing supplies, everyone seemed a little unsure at first confronting the empty room. But soon the mood changed as tables and […]
Conception/ Sugarcane Island/The Cave of Time “What is time?” you ask. The oracle is silent for a moment, but then answers in a firm voice, “Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.” “When did time start?” you ask. “And when will it end?” “Would you like to see?” You gulp in amazement. “Sure.” […]