Does the academic world need a Seuss up?

The Cat in the Hat was written as an alternative to the school primers that were the null in the 1950s.

Books like Dick and Jane delivered all the requisite material just without the imagination. If we simply judge the books by what’s covered, there is little difference. But there is more to great communication than just delivering content.

Still today The Cat in the Hat reads like magic. It’s a book my 3 year old loves and one I love to recite. I can’t say the same about Dick and Jane.

Beyond the school house, how much of our academic and professional world is like Dick and Jane? Are we still waiting for a Cat in the Hat?

I would love to hear your thoughts, this is a direction I’m hoping to explore.

Says the Cat in the Hat,


  1. dlarwin on December 10, 2012 at 11:54 am

    @clysy I suggest an academic scramble-up; a “Scrambled Egg Super” to be quite precise, for those academics who follow your advice.

    • clysy on December 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      @dlarwin I’m a little low on my South-West-Facing Crane eggs, totally out of Grickily Gructus eggs, and only have 57 & 1/4 pans

  2. clysy on December 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    @mariagajewski thanks for the tweet 🙂

  3. Stuart Henderson on December 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Chris, I had a similar reaction when I was reading Dr. Seuss to my son. A perfect place to explore this would be to do a Suess-inspired Ignite talk.

    • cplysy on December 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      @Stuart Henderson I’d say all my Ignite talks have been Seuss inspired, just without the rhyming 🙂

    • susanjkistler on December 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

      @Stuart Henderson I love this idea! I once did an ignite talk all in song. The challenge was that I’m not the best singer, but it was a blast and definitely made me stay on the timing and think about each word and concept. Seuss would be fun and not require the signing voice.

      • cplysy on December 17, 2012 at 8:22 am

        @susanjkistler  @Stuart Henderson Susan, is that ignite “talk” on the web?  Sounds like a fun one to watch 🙂