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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

The Fate of the Bearer of Bad News…

The influence of outside money on education has always been strong–and fighting it is one of the reasons the AAUP came into existence. Rarely, though, do we educators have real … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Orwelling Orwell

This morning, through a piece on Salon, I was introduced to an article by fiction-writer Will Self on George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language.” As I will be teaching … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Why Would They Hire YOU?”

When I returned to campus, after two years teaching elsewhere, for the final interview that would bring me back full-time, I stopped into the adjunct room to see if anyone … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Godwin’s Law at Clemson

Godwin’s Law says that online arguments devolve into comparisons with Hitler or Nazis. We can extend that, I think, to almost any American argument involving politics and include “fascist” in … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Opposition in a Democracy and in a Union

Today’s New York Times includes an editorial entitled “A Teachout Moment: Gov. Cuomo Should Welcome Zephyr Teachout.” Cuomo’s campaign has been trying to remove his challenger from the Democratic primary. Cuomo, with money and … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Would You Believe…?

Originally posted on WagTheDog:
As data-driven and evidence-based challenges to the efficacy of the untested Common Core State Standards become stronger and louder, it appears CCSS supporters are growing desperate and resorting to Maxwell…

August 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bias and Opposition

In an article about former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, Patrick Smith claims, “the only way an American journalist can be a good American is to be a … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

Higher Education of Tomorrow

Without stretching the imagination, it is easy to envision the college of tomorrow by simply extrapolating from the trends of today. There will remain five basic types of higher-education institutions: … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Closing the Loop: Creating Tests and the Content Tested

For centuries, imperial China endured an examination system that created a putative meritocracy of imperial bureaucrats.  Based on a carefully curated body of knowledge, it created a cognoscenti with no … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 7 Comments
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