The Social Animal

Monday, May 30, 2011

David Brooks, columnist at the New York Times, will talk about his new book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement


David Brooks

Comments [7]

g. martinez cabrera from San Francisco

Hazel, I think you're being a little hard. I don't know about you, but the fact that David Brooks is talking about the need for emotions and personal relationships in the educational process as opposed to the hard-line, conservative ideas about personal responsibility is huge. As a teacher, he is saying what I hope many good teachers already know. But for the non-teacher or better yet, for the Conservative listening in, I think Mr. Lehrer should keep the segment on auto-replay.

Jun. 04 2011 12:03 PM
gary from queens

David Brooks uttered something I found astounding. Even more astounding than when he describes himself as a conservative.

He said that personal, face to face, communication is more effective than written communication, like emails. In some interactions, especially those which go back and forth between both parties, he is correct. However, the written word in other instances is more precise, and if it is expressed well, the meanings and intent are less often misconstrued.

Here is last weeks Krauthammer column. Look how concise and precise it is in conveying an argument:

Brooks is also a columnist. Perhaps he forgot the influence that has? Or perhaps he realizes he's no longer influential, other than being a talking head on PBS's Lehrer News Hour?

May. 30 2011 11:51 AM
Stanley from Greenwich Village

Listening to David Brooks reminded me of an interview just aired with Dr. Gabor Maté (on Pacifica), in which he discussed the ways in which the emphasis on standardized testing has created a separation between teachers and their students. Also, of course, I can't help ask whether Brooks is in favor of taxing the non-elderly rich (on the theory that they derive more benefits from a stable society than they pay for).

May. 30 2011 11:34 AM
Maggie from Brooklyn NY

Look forward to reading David's book,The Social Animal. It confirms how narrow it is to assess or measure the quality of teachers and teaching on test scores. I once heard an interview on NPR where the guest (source unknown) said that when we can't measure what is important, we give importance to what we can measure. How can we measure the things David is talking about????

May. 30 2011 11:29 AM
Chuck from Queens

So intruding into a home where dogs are being trained to kill and the "mom" has 4 kids by 4 different "fathers" is "intrusive", but taking money from the elderly is O.K.? Hmm...Now I understand why liberals become righties.

May. 30 2011 11:25 AM
Lisa Gaytan from Brooklyn, NY

Look, it's tragic that Tim Hetherington was killed while covering the events in Libya, but to choose to re-broadcast his interview in HONOR of Memorial Day is a huge slap in the face to all the military for whom this day is set aside. You didn't have one single interview with someone in the military you could have used? Seriously?

May. 30 2011 10:42 AM

Of all the interviews that could have been re-broadcast, you choose this clown?

May. 30 2011 10:24 AM

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