A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan.  Five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, I present one of McLuhan’s observations and talk about its relevance today.  300 ideas. 300 days.  300 posts.

Who’s teaching the parents?

Marshall McLuhan (January, 1964, age 52). Someone should!

I opened my mail this morning to find, much to my delight, a check for $7,000 from John Bassett, the Chairman and Publisher of the Toronto Telegram, which will substantially defray the expenses of publishing volumes 7 and 8 of Explorations.  I knew I could count on him for another favour.  But the giving wasn’t all one way.  In a letter some days ago I pointed out to him that there is a great unmet need among parents, which his paper could go a long way toward satisfying – A newspaper column devoted to helping parents understand their children’s homework.  This was brought home forcibly to me when my son Michael asked me to help him with his math homework.  I couldn’t make any sense out of the stuff.  He said it was called the “new math.”   I told him he’d better ask his Mother.  (She wasn’t able to help him either.)

Me (February 2010, age 57).  Someone still should

When schools change what is taught in school they do not seem think about how the change will affect the ability of parents to help their kids with their homework.  I don’t know if the Toronto Telegram ever tried the idea, but it seems to me that McLuhan’s idea is still an excellent one.

How do parents cope with changes in what kids are being taught? Are there any blogs, websites, or online communities that you’re aware of to help parents cope?

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading for this post

Letters of Marshall McLuhan, 1987, p.295.

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Michael Hinton Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
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