December 2023 Links
Disney cooking the books, interview of an historian, no books in school, and more. 8 links.
Will AI eat the computer programmer? I don’t think so. The abstracted layer will simply move higher up, and we will also need people who want to dive deep.
Maybe the next cohort will spend their late nights in the guts of the A.I.s their parents once regarded as black boxes. I shouldn’t worry that the era of coding is winding down. Hacking is forever.
Disney's corruption is worse than previously realized. Looks like they were using taxpayer dollars to pay for employee benefits. Now that Disney can no longer act like the monarch of the Reddy Creek Improvement District, things are starting to get interesting.
The report found that Disney had promised to build services including hospitals, schools and libraries as part of their obligations under their special governing arrangement. Sure enough, they built none of it. It also described what Disney had achieved as essentially an “absolute monarchy” over the Florida property.
The decline and fall of the classroom novel. Whole books aren’t read in public classrooms anymore. Never mind the great books. The idea itself of a “great book” is under attack.
Sadly, almost despairingly, the most influential institutions in American education want to remove the book from our classrooms. In a statement that could be mistaken as satire, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) proclaimed that it is time “to decenter book reading and essay writing as the pinnacle of English language arts class.”