TBSMagazine—Where Education, Pop Culture, and the Real World Meet
Once upon a time, the classroom existed in total isolation. Curriculum was its own universe. Textbooks never changed. We learned about “current events” from decade-old xeroxes. Contact with the real world was limited to PBS-sponsored Laser Discs (look it up kids) narrated by articulate British men in comforting sweaters.
Whether you were a teacher or a student, you suspended everything about your life outside the minute you stepped into the classroom…which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Fortunately, the 21st Century Classroom is a place without borders or walls, absent the unilateral authority of the blackboard and, most importantly, free from any limitations on ideas. Queue up the old cliche about how the Internet has changed everything, connected us to each other and the world in a million ways never before imagined, yada yada yada.
Point is, now everything is fair game in the quest for enrichment. Debates about Common Core and standardized testing exist in the same universe as viral YouTube videos, Super Bowl halftime shows, and presidential campaigns.
Your education is happening in real-time, up-to-the-minute, no commercial interruptions. Okay, there are tons of commercial interruptions, but if you’re paying attention, you learn something from those too.
This is the unbounded spirit in which TBS Magazine is conceived. We believe that in order for education to be meaningful, inspiring, and lasting, it must be personal. It has to meet you on your own ground, where you live, work, and play.
We won’t pull any punches when it comes to questionable curriculum, poor policy orientation, or administrative irresponsibility, but we also know that sometimes you’d rather be watching a ballgame, playing with your band, celebrating a holiday with your family, or going to Quizzo with your nerdy friends. We’re right there with you.
We celebrate the achievements of great educators and bright students, but we also take time to recognize the artists, musicians, actors, athletes, authors, technologists, CEOs, intellectuals, humorists, inventors and philosophers who inspire us to greater achievement from places far beyond the halls of our schools.
At TBS Magazine, we pledge to take seriously matters of gravity, to poke fun at that which deserves deflation, and to demonstrate a total and reckless disregard for the topical limitations of traditional academia. We know your education happens both in the classroom and everywhere else you ever go. We do our best to go there with you.