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.

Where’s the play?

Marshall McLuhan (1970, age 59).  Did you know …

That the word school is from the latin scholia meaning leisure or play?  Is it any wonder kids are dropping out of school?  School has become a detention center.

Me (December, 2010, age 58).  What is to be done?

According to my Shorter OED, school derives from the latin schola (not scholia) and means the employment of leisure in disputation.  As usual McLuhan gets the small bit wrong but the big bit right.  Unless school is as engaging as play little real learning will take place there.  How much real disputation goes on in our schools?  How can we introduce more intellectual play?

Is this the solution?

Or is this?

Or are we still missing the point?

Cordially, Marshall and Me

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Michael Hinton Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
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