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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

The Little University

David Brooks wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times the other day called “The Big University.” It’s not a bad piece: It argues that the humanities are a … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

Among School Children: A Review of Steven Salaita’s “Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom”

This is the second of our reviews of this book. The first one, published earlier today, can be found here. From dead infants in Gaza to Israeli students killed on … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Is Anybody Home?

Something has happened to the way I read scholarly articles.  Unless I can sense a person behind the words, I drift off. No more “objectivity” for me, thank you. Give … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Here At MFU

Here at Margaret Farmer University, we’ve an academic tradition going back fifty years, to our days as an agricultural college. Founded by the Farmer family, we are named after our … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

India, Free Speech and Academic Freedom

One of the most disheartening events of this past summer on the Academe blog was the rise of invective in the comments that started with our posting of a guest commentary by … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 8 Comments

Opting Out of Factory Model Schooling, by Ira Shor

Originally posted on Creative by Nature:
“All in all, for a long time educators have known “what works” for kids in schools and we have not been allowed to do what…

October 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Outrageous moves to foster runaway salaries for administrators

Michael Behrent, the president of the Appalachian State University chapter of the AAUP, and John Steen, Program Coordinator of Scholars for North Carolina’s Future (with contribution from Jim Carmichael, professor at UNC … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Social Media for Improving and Promoting Academic Papers?

I don’t know how long I’ve been loading papers to Four or five years, I would guess. Possibly more, but not much. The website went public in 2008, but I … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Education Reform Whack-a-Mole

The education “reform” movement of the United States has roots going as far back as school desegregation and busing in the 1960s and the increase in numbers of private schools that … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Happens When a Top-Rated College Drops the SAT and ACT as Requirements for Admission?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last year, Hampshire College in Massachusetts decided that it would no longer require either the SAT or the ACT for admission. This made…

September 25, 2015 · 1 Comment



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