Everyone shouts, few listen…

“Every voice is heard. The cacophany more closely resembles citizens band radio, complete with handles, harrasment, and anonymous threats. When most everyone shouts, few listen.”

– Clifford Stoll 1989

Clifford Stoll is an American astronomer and author. He is best known for his pursuit of hacker Markus Hess in 1986 and the subsequent 1989 book, The Cuckoo’s Egg, which details his investigation.

As I mentioned in a previous post, “Cain’s well researched book emphatically provides examples of how we have evolved to devalue the contemplative well thought out expressions.”, our education culture these days has become confused with pace. (Smith 11.15.2012) We live with so much urgency, timetables, bells, deadlines…  Our solution is to give retests! No deadlines. No zeros. No lettergrades.  It’s confusing if not absurd. Education, or public schooling anyway, needs to slow down and let learning take a more natural course. It needs to embrace the introversion side of our brains. It needs more Zen.

Laughingly, last fall, a visiting speaker said to methat our library was very ‘feng shui’.  I had to laugh because despite my best efforts to make the space welcoming and a scholarly tone- mellow it is not.  I should bring on the green tea and work on more Feng Shui. Ban all testosterone, remove some plastic chairs, and acquire some kilim cushions. 😉 Maybe I should rewrite my Library Mission statement to read the “Tao of the Learning Commons” 😉

All joking aside… there is some truth to the intention. Where there is intention there is opportunity.  Without intention there is no progress. If we want to develop high functioning cost effective personalized learning communities- we need to listen better. Listen with our attitude and practices as much as our ears. We need to ‘stop talking’.



Works Cited
“Clifford Stoll.” Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Biography in Context. Web. 23 Dec. 2013.

Smith, A. “Quiet – the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking”. KSSreads. Web. Nov. 15 2012. < https://kssreads.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/quiet-the-power-of-introverts-in-a-world-that-cant-stop-talking-by-susan-cain/ >

Stoll, Clifford. The cuckoo’s egg: tracking a spy through the maze of computer espionage. New York: Doubleday, 1989. Print.

Talisin. “Okpathways”. Morguefile. Image. Nov. 2005. http://mrg.bz/maNRu9


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