aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Posted by dav at 2003 February 18 05:03 PM
File under: Thoughts

Today I ran across a superb essay by Paul Graham titled Why Nerds are Unpopular.

If I could go back and give my thirteen year old self some advice, the main thing I'd tell him would be to stick his head up and look around. I didn't really grasp it at the time, but the whole world we lived in was as fake as a twinkie. Not just school, but the entire town. Why do people move to suburbia? To have kids! So no wonder it seemed boring and sterile. The whole place was a giant nursery, an artificial town created explicitly for the purpose of breeding children.

The essay goes in great detail deconstructing the systems involved in creating the modern secondary school experience (social, education and economic). It should be required reading for all parents, educators and policy makers.

Comments:

Excellent article. I saved a copy so that when my kids are teenagers I can let them read it. (It's doubtful that I will remember it then. But you never know. One day, J may be argueing with me about tattoos or something and the thought will pop into my head.)

Posted by: Laura on February 19, 2003 07:47 PM

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