For my 9-year-old daughter, knowledge is at her fingertips, her interests are becoming a primary frame for learning both in school and out.
Once or twice a week, I spend early mornings in our natural-food-and-free-wireless coffee shop in town. Over the months, I've gotten to know a few regulars.
I know the pendulum spirals between "information wants to be free" and "information want to be expensive" and I think we come out at a more expansive level most of the time. It's just that the exclusionary approach makes me nervous.
This afternoon, the wind whipped the leaves into wispy funnels that danced out around the woodpile and up the back hill, inviting us to come out.
The process of curation — sifting through the abundance of knowledge about a topic and making decisions about what is most meaningful — is rapidly becoming a core skill, whether one is in Academia or not.