Monthly archives: January, 2017

Nature in the Margins

One of the inspirations for this blog is Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods, originally published in 2005. Louv argues that today’s children are being increasingly alienated from the natural world. “Within the space of a few decades, the way children understand and experience nature has changed radically . . . . Today, …

Doing the Wrong Thing Right

Are schools “doing the wrong thing right”? Will Richardson argues that educational institutions focus more on efficiency than effectiveness, that is, the perfection of certain techniques regardless of whether those techniques actually work for students. This “wrong thing right” tendency seems to be the special affliction of many so-called “good schools.” Thus we see ever …

Welcome to Margins!

“I love a wide margin to my life,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. I began this blog out of an interest in how margins might help us learn and live better. The margins of books let readers write back to authors. Marginal landscapes hold unnoticed beauty and overlooked possibilities. Marginal people create new ideas and new …