Demonstration lessons - how to do it, what to do well and stress/show
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The feature this week is an interview with Professor Lawrence Lessig. We discuss both his research of the last ten years involving copyright reform and his recently announced new direction, tackling government corruption.
I also reviewed Professor Lessig’s excellent book, Free Culture, on the January 7th episode of this year in case you are not familiar with his work.
Download the show directly. There are no detailed show notes, this week.
About schools, teaching, educational policy… amazing.
Daniel Everett discusses the Pirahã and their language. The language has no words for numbers, no words for right and left and lacks any examples of recursion. This last trait forces us to rethink everything we thought we knew about language.
The discussion of the Pirahã language itself is excellent, but Everett’s discussion of why endangered languages need to be preserved is absolutely fascinating. His recommendations for preserving endangered languages include preserving natives speaker’s land and their heath. He also recommends studying and documenting these languages over a long period of time, as he has done with the Pirahã language.
More information on this seminar is available at http://blog.longnow.org/2009/03/23/daniel-everett-endangered-languages-lost-knowledge-and-the-future/