Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

Against language arts and social studies textbooks

Here's a little argument against language arts and social studies (e.g., history and geography) textbooks. We need to get rid of them. Period. Prima facie, we don't need textbooks to teach a subject. Other pedagogical methods include chapter (trade, library) books, short…

The notorious co-founder of Wikipedia interviews the notorious co-founder of Genius

I am spending a few days with the energetic and charming young crew of Everipedia at their offices in sunny L.A. I got to know Everipedia through Mahbod Moghadam, the 30-something but youthful and “thug” (this, apparently, is a good thing) co-founder of Genius.com, whom I got to know last…

All my presentations zipped together

I finally took a few hours and prepped all my educational preK-4 presentations for easy download. Here they are in one ginormous 862MB zip file. If you want to download them individually, here's the link.

Update about the boys, March 2016

I have given a report about H. last Jan. 2, and now I have a little time to write about what's going on with E., who is now 5, and not quite old enough to be in Kindergarten this year. First of all, E's Mama is homeschooling him, which means I know what's going on with him mostly second hand,…

Fund me to make 50 educational videos for kids!

I have a Kickstarter project that will close in two days! Unless I get a bunch of pledges in that time, I won't raise the money. I haven't tried very hard (actually, almost not at all)—been busy with other things. Some salient points: • I’ve made 26 educational videos for kids in my spare time…

Some thoughts, 15 years after Wikipedia’s launch

It's been 15 years since I announced the opening of the new Wikipedia.com site, with a little message that said: http://www.wikipedia.com/ Humor me. Go there and add a little article. It will take all of five or ten minutes. --Larry I am still sometimes called "Wikipedia's sharpest…

Wake up, people! Minecraft sucks as an educational tool.

<rant> You don't have to cite studies to me. I already know that various kinds of video games can have some positive educational effects. As somebody who has wasted way too many hours on video games since 1977 or so, this isn't surprising to me. The notions that it might help…

Report about the boys, January 2016

I'll dive right into H's schooling. He's now age 9. The new tasklist orientation. This past year the biggest problem has been motivating him to study enough. Until November, it was a struggle. Although Mama's helping quite a bit more, especially with E., H. still requires management and I…

Are we becoming indifferent to freedom and democracy?

I know, I know: That title sounds ridiculously click-baity. But if you'll look at my blog, you'll see that I don't really go in for click-bait titles. Unfortunately, I mean it quite literally. It's an enormous problem that we aren't talking about enough. And I want to propose that one reason…

Our Moral Abyss

First, let me state my basic thesis poetically. To some, it will sound unoriginal, implausible, and overwrought: We in the West are falling in a moral abyss. We are in mid-fall. It's been long since we careened off the precipice, though we have not hit bottom. Poetic…