Why We Can Do What We Do

Clayton Christensen (2008) begins his latest book with a staggeringly powerful quotation by John Adams:

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. (pp. 8-9)
With our society and planet's homeostasis in constant flux and in delicate balance, I hope we all take time to realize how fortunate we are to be able to worry and argue over "issues" as trivial as edupunk, etiquette, and Technorati rankings.

  • Christensen, C. M., Horn, M. B., and Johnson, C. W. (2008). Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. New York: McGraw Hill.
  • Maslow, A. H. (1954). Motivation and Personality. New York: HarperCollins.
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