The Power and Promise of Citizen Science

By Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. Ocean Sanctuaries 11 December 2017 (Download PDF) A recent essay[1] by Philip Mirowski has caught the attention of the Citizen Science community, by raising some trenchant questions despite several questionable assertions and assumptions about the Citizen … Continue reading

Fox News Prepared the Battlefield for Russia’s Propaganda War

Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov

By Sheldon Greaves Edited with additional links and for clarity, 02 Oct. 2017. Each week brings more details (also here) about the tremendous scope and sophistication of Russian efforts to hijack (“meddle” is far too gentle a term by this point) the U.S. 2016 … Continue reading

Reflections on Higher Education, ‘Safe Spaces’, and Fear

By Sheldon A cluster of articles on higher education has prompted some reflections on higher ed in America, where it’s going, where it’s been, and what may become of it. The first is from May of last year, a piece … Continue reading

Paper, Pencil, Pen, Brush: The Lost Art of Field Sketching

By Sheldon Greaves Note: this post originally appeared on the Citizen Scientists’ League website. With few other possible exceptions, the digital camera is probably the single most useful tool available to the citizen scientist. Both in the workshop and out … Continue reading

On Slow Reading Seminars

It’s long past time that I describe an extended experiment in group learning conducted over the last few years. The setting was Christ Church Episcopal in Portola Valley, California, where my spouse and I were Scholars in Residence, conducting seminars … Continue reading

A Question on the Link Between Education and Democracy

By Sheldon   Over the weekend I ran across a very interesting interview with Noam Chomsky on the future of democracy and education in the 21st century. Chomsky is one of America’s leading intellectuals, but on matters of education he … Continue reading

The Necessity of Education for Its Own Sake

I’ve recently begun taking a class at nearby Foothill Community College in an effort to gain some mastery over mathematics.  It’s an old, old project of mine.  Ostensibly I’m at school for the same reason most of the other students … Continue reading

On Reading Silent, Reading Aloud

Yesterday’s  Editorial Observer column of the New York Times carried an interesting and through-provoking piece by Verlyn Klinkenborg on “Some Thoughts on the Lost Art of Reading Aloud.”  In it Klinkenborg compares the growing popularity of audio books with the … Continue reading

Reflections on Three “Might-Have-Been” Mentors

Note: I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the role of mentors in one’s educational development and remembered the following essay I wrote for the Virtual Conference in Informal Science Education, sponsored by the Society for Amateur Scientists in … Continue reading