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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

Truth and Media

On June 24, 1968 (I know the date thanks to Wikipedia), I walked from the Capitol in Washington, DC to the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) headquarters at 14th and … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Are We All a Little Bit Bill O’Reilly?

In November of 1990, I was in Togo’s capital city, Lomé, finishing up the paperwork for the close of my Peace Corps service. A friend and I, as we usually … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Power and Education

Paul Krugman opens his column today in The New York Times by saying, “I sometimes mock ‘very serious people’ — politicians and pundits who solemnly repeat conventional wisdom that sounds tough-minded and realistic.” These … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Theme for English 401

The uproar about Lee Bebout’s course, English 401, “U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness” at Arizona State University, provides the rationale for that course and, I hope, many more like … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Crisis in Higher Education?

Whenever someone starts by saying that the problems with something or other are well known, watch out. That person is certain to follow with enumeration of ill-understood issues and solutions … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Studying “Whiteness” Threatens Whites?

Lee Bebout, an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, is teaching a Topics in Critical Theory course this semester. From what I can tell, it’s one of those courses passed … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

UMass to Iranians: Go Away!

On February 6th, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst released a statement of a policy change headlined “UMass Amherst Procedures on Admission of Iranian Students.” It ends with this: We … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

Education As a Political Football: Just One More Example

Here’s a headline from today’s New York Times: “Wisconsin Sees Presidential Ploy in Walker’s Push for University Cuts.” Only to be expected, of course: to his critics, Mr. Walker, in both his … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Strange Truth–Or Fiction?

“Brian Williams Admits He Wasn’t on Copter Shot Down in Iraq,” says the headline in The New York Times. The newscaster “apologized Wednesday for mistakenly claiming he had been on … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

Neil Postman Always Rings Twice

After my mother died, in cleaning out her house I went through my father’s old books, pulling out the ones that I might find of use in my own writing and … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

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