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Ambitions and Weekends

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

Essay on being self-aware and realizing that the human psyche has some hardwired contradictions and paradoxes.

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human, self-aware

Information Overload

An Over-Abundance of Information in the Information Age
Posted on Apr 4, 2010 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

An essay on the trends on the Internet that cause an explosion of information that is often antithetical to the ideals of democracy and progress. This essay cautions parents, teachers and community leaders to be wary of every emerging media outlet.

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internet, society, media, information, data, knowledge

Clean Sweep

A look at the dirty business of keeping our neighborhoods clean
Posted on Jan 21, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

An overview of the history and services of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO).

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swaco, solid waste authority of central ohio, mike long, rick dodge, conservation, environment

Education in Debt

Posted on Dec 30, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

The assumption that a diploma means educated is not well founded.

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cost of education, waste education, schooling, schools diplomas

July 7, 2005 Newsletter

Posted on Jul 6, 2005 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011

July 7, 2005 Newsletter.

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July 7, 2005 Newsletter

Unavoidable Night

Posted on Jan 20, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

A poem on nihilism by Shawn Olson.

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unavoidable night, nihilism, family, life, poem, poetry

Hirsch shoulda did his homework

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A stab at E. D. Hirsch's misplaced criticism of John Dewey.

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e.d. hirsch, john dewey, educational debate

The Hurry-Stop Syndrome

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

This editorial was the last Chalkboard editorial Shawn Olson wrote for the Columbus Messenger.

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impatient society, red lights

Empty is as full as it gets

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

Humorous piece by Shawn Olson about cars, originally printed in the Columbus Messenger.

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cars gasoline, gas bill, gas tank, empty gas

Ban the Plan-O-Gram

Posted on Oct 18, 2005 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011
ban the plan-o-gram

Humorous call for the downfall of the Plan-O-Gram.

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plan-o-gram, planogram
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