A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan continues. If he had lived Marshall would have been 100 on July 21, 2011. Join me in the countdown to his centennial, and an exploration of more of his observations on the way media work in the electric age in which we live.

The problem with teachers.

Marshall McLuhan (1951, age 40).  Americans don’t respect them.

The fundamental problem with American education is that teachers are looked down upon in the community because they have turned down the opportunity to earn the high incomes their education would have allowed them to in the private sector.  The assumption is that teachers are weak or anti-American or incompetent.

Me (January, 2011, age 58).  So what?

What hope is there for the education of our children if parents view teachers as failures?  Here is one teacher’s view of the problem today.


Cordially, Marshall and Me


Marshall McLuhan, The Mechanical Bride, 1951, p. 126.

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Michael Hinton Friday, January 14th, 2011
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