"The true knowledge is not in the things, which are few, but in finding the connections between the things. There are many connections, Professor Wasserman. More than you know."So says Archos, the powerful artificial intelligence that, in short time, will control all the world's machines and launch the New War against humankind, in Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse, which I finished last night. This quote jumped out at me at the beginning of the new school year -- above all, I hope to guide students toward skill in making connections between separate bits of the known, between the known and the speculated, and between and among things only as-yet imagined. It's the skill that makes learning fun!
And the books are coming back . . . A reminder that all summer checkouts are due by August 31 (next Friday). It's such a wonderful period in the spring when family after family takes home a big stack of reading for the summer, but it's also kind of neat to see them all come back in the fall, having been read and enjoyed by one or more readers. In the first few weeks of school, the books come home to roost and rest, ready to be read and enjoyed in this new turn of the school year wheel.