Author: EdwardBerger

  • A TEST IS REALLY A TEACHING TOOL

    In the last six years the basic ethical standards which guide us have been warped into the acceptance of lying and dishonesty. If we do not change this trajectory we will descend into a dark age. Dr. Edith Hamilton, (1867-1963) educator, historian and philosopher, pointed out that the demise of past civilizations can be traced…

  • MACHINE INTELLIGENCE CAN BE CORRUPTED

    Part Two: Machine Intelligence is gaining power 24-7, 365 days a year. It never sleeps or rests. It continues to grow at a rate that presently outpaces every human brain by hundreds of thousands if not millions of bits of information. Three or four years ago it was assumed that humans could control AI. It…

  • MACHINE INTELLIGENCE CAN BE CORRUPTED

    Part One: What current beliefs and activities will determine whether machine intelligence will destroy our species? Machine intelligence requires us to examine the assumptions we have about how our economic and social systems serve humans. What we must deal with is the misinformation that has created this corruption of what is necessary and good; mindsets…

  • WHAT YOU IGNORE MAY END US ALL

    Our species is creating an intelligence that is far superior to any human mind. We now live in an age of super intelligence, often called Machine Intelligence, which is rapidly gaining control of mankind’s future. Every system we take for granted is no longer as we once understood it. As an educator I have long…

  • DAMNED IF WE KNOW, DAMNED IF WE DON’T

    Creating a new life form that is perhaps hundreds of thousands of times more intelligent than any single human being may have screwed us all. In our present economic mindset of greed and profit-driven corporations, we have created competitive entities. There is little thought of collaboration and cooperation for the good of humankind. Tragically, a…

  • WE HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY

    There is consensus among key leaders who believe that we are nearing the end of the American Experience and our constitutional form of government. They fear that a democracy ‘Of By and For The People’ is about to fail under the heel of authoritarianism. They acknowledge that a large percentage of the American voting population…

  • PRIMARY SOURCES

    Hundreds of students from major universities are protesting or taking sides for or against Israel and Hamas and many other important issues. Too many have pronounced their undocumented opinions and loudly stated false truths. As they rant and rave and demand actions, they have no clue as to the consequences of their idiocy or how…

  • EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR SCHOOLS AND TEACHING METHODS

    Are your educational approaches and your evaluation procedures based upon competition and not collaboration and cooperation? Do you focus on data-driven, right or wrong regurgitation of what you believe is important? Is there a class valedictorian and models of achievement that all students are expected to conform to? If so, your class or school is…

  • FINDING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

    Thumb Butte seems to be waiting for heavy wet snow this morning. Some of its cracks and crevices are already highlighted by tendrils of white. The sun is hidden behind thick clouds that moved in during the night. They reflect the rays of sunlight away from the land and hopeful thoughts of warmth. The town…

  • REFLECTIONS

    In a weekly Zoom meeting with fellow educator Dan Kenley, I had the incentive to think back into the ‘50s when I started forming my educational philosophy. In 1961 I began teaching social studies at Cherry Creek High School near Denver. I had just graduated from Colorado State College of Education and was certified to…