Thoughts on My Ishmael

Finished the third book in Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael series, My Ishmael, this weekend, and literally found myself speechless at certain points. Quinn’s (or should I say Ishmael’s) arguments for “New Tribalism” are among the most provocative ideas I’ve seen in any of this series, and that’s certainly saying something. As a teacher, I was both disturbed at my own ability to recognize the malaise that Quinn describes in our educational system, and refreshed to realize my evergrowing frustration with that system isn’t a sign of laziness or delusions — made me think deeply about what I mean when I call myself a “teacher” (a label I much prefer to “professor”). I can’t imagine anyone in the political realm promoting anything a tenth as bold as the ideas in this book, so I guess it’s up to us common folk to promote these ideas, to “be B…”

I don’t have an account to sell books with any particular affiliate program, so I’ll just link to a site I know that sells books — buy it and read it. So many things are called “life-changing”; this book is the genuine article.

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