Larry Sanger

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

Please read: my challenge to kindergarten and first grade teachers

Dear Teachers(and those who support teachers, please listen in), I will buy your class $100 worth of books, and donate whatever anyone else pledges below (more on that in a bit), if you successfully execute the following. (I can do this for only one teacher. But if more people pledge money for…

Why Edward Snowden deserves a pardon, explained in 10 easy steps

Let me put this briefly and simply. The government should not be snooping on us. But they started anyway. That was wrong and unconstitutional. When they did, they made their snooping program secret. That was wrong twice over, a cover-up of a wrong. Then they actually lied about the existence of the…

Update about the boys, April 2013

In the past I've given mammoth updates about the boys, because I do enjoy writing such updates; but I really can't afford the time now. Still, I will take a little time and share the highlights. First, H., age 6, almost 7. UPDATE: he has continued to do Supermemo every day, usually twice a…

Ask DadDude: spawning analytical thinkers

Someone emailed me this question. Since it was asked so nicely, I thought I'd answer. I have a question for you and I hope you have time to reply to it. I admire your essays and the indepth analysis of topics. You put a lot of critical and analytical thinking in your writing. Even when you argue,…

How I set up my standing desk

And now for something completely different. After my wife told me I sat too much, and reading various scary things about the evils of sitting too much and the benefits of standing desks, I decided to try out a standing desk. At first I was going to order one or buy one locally, and then I…

Reading Bear improvements

Here's our latest Reading Bear update. We're not done working on Reading Bear--which will always remain a non-profit, free website to teach reading through phonics and vocabulary. Here's a quick progress report. Alternative reading systems soon supported. We're putting…

On the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting

I think the most relevant cause of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting has relatively little do with guns or mental health. I think it's because our society is seriously ill--not mentally, but morally--and many of us are in denial about it. We rarely talk unironically about honor, morality, or…

E.’s reading progress

(No, that's not a picture of E. He doesn't have glasses.) Just a short report here. I'm delighted with 25-month-old E.'s reading progress. We are not studying phonics nearly as carefully and systematically as we did with H. We have been going through (more or less randomly) the two ending blends…

A challenge to first grade reading teachers: read in one year! No excuses!

In the course of responding on the "readbygrade3" mailing list (I'm a subscriber), I came across this page on ReadingRockets.org. I was greatly struck by the fact that, here in 2012, professional advisers to reading teachers state that, by the end of first grade, a good student "has a reading…

What should I do next?

Well, what do you think? My enjoyable time with the group behind WatchKnowLearn.org and ReadingBear.org is winding down, and soon it will be over. My benefactor of the last four years has kindly given me some time to finish up my remaining work and find something else to do. As much as I enjoyed…