Moving on to Other Stories Asking to Be Out There

It’s almost time to start going through all the stories we have to tell. I’m just about ready to start programming in CSS and JavaScript. And this time it’s not for regularly assigned classes in state colleges. This time it’s for our community development project.

Unlike students in class, there are no rules or requirements. Lifetime learning is learning you do for yourself because you recognize the need to know. So this time I’ll have to sell the idea, and folks will only come when they see it as working whatever charms we really can cast over our troubled communities.

No problem. Corporations have made it very clear that advertising works, even in the midst of a global financial crisis. Of course, advertising may encourage some of us to buy when saving might have been a better idea. That means that we’ll have to be very careful not to represent our teaching as magic, when it’s really only common sense derived from controlled observation and measurement.

I’m convinced. It’s time to let HTML do the semantic work it was meant to do, and then move in CSS and JavaScript to make the appearance of Dear Habermas attractive enough to get our local and online communities to join us in the civic discourse of the public-sphere. To that end I need to import, and plan to, soon, a text editor that will enable me to write as quickly in CSS, XHTML, and JavaScript as I used to be able to do in HTML.

Professor Bell’s story required immediate completion, so it had to come out of any chronological order. I’m pretty sure that some of the really important stories will also jump out, free of the chronological order.  That’s partially because the stories are not independent, but intricately dependent on many of the same factors and on each other. It’s also because personal memory, though yielding wonderful qualitative data, may distort the kind of data that might have afforded us quantitative surety.

To that end, Susan and I have determined to undertake a cross-country community development project in planning the support of serious discussions that are based on factual evidence  and interpretation (supplied by Dear Habermas) in pleasant and respectfully shared activities that bring us together. Here, on WordPress, we have chosen to collaborate on the big story of deep learning, with praxis, that emphasizes confidence in making our own decisions and the creativity and innovative thinking that will lead to faith in our own responsibility and opportunity to come to our own conclusions on the economic, social, and political decisions that matter greatly to us all, and to the communities of which we are part.

 

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About Jeannie the Red Jay

Emeritus Professor, lawyer, physicist, mathematician, French teacher, Ph.D. in learning theory and philosophy. Artist, wife, mother, political activist. Teller of ever so many stories gathered along the way. Emeritus Prof. in sociology at California State University, Domingeuz Hills. Web Mistress for Dear Habermas in research study with Susan R. Takata of the University of Wisconsin, Parkside: Study of Social Network Analysis in Developing a Public Sphere in Local Communities, Real and Virtual.
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