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The Misguided Battle Between Cursive and Writing Produced on a Smartphone

In a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, I closed with, “Is there room for cursive writing as we now begin the academic year in the not-so-hallowed halls of academe … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 7 Comments

“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

Bill Ayers: The University of Illinois Attacks Free Speech

By Bill Ayers In mid-August the University of Illinois withdrew its appointment of Steven Salaita, formerly an English professor at Virginia Tech, as a tenured associate professorship at UIUC. Having … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

When You Drop Your Freshman Off at College Remember This

This is the time of year when it has happened to many parents already and is about to happen to many more. The act of “dropping off” your child at … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Link to “The Trouble With Textbooks: A Great American Rip-Off”

The following is a link to an article I published about textbooks.  I resolve to do something concrete about this problem, and one part of the solution will be abandoning the … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Professor, Penmanship, and Online Education

This summer I am teaching online, in part because many students prefer to take classes online. Summer is the time for mischief, experimentation and creation—there is just something about that … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Oh, the Story I Found: Pelle Svanslös in America

My morfar (grandfather on my mother’s side) hunted alligators by a lake in Småland. If this sounds strange to you, imagine how my mother must have felt when as a … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Welcome to Sweden”: American and Swedish Bathos?

In order for something to be funny–In Sweden or the United States–it must first be funny. The challenge with being funny is that being deliberately funny is not very funny. … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

World Cup: American Education 0

I did not watch the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Germany, but I have been unable to escape the media coverage of the 7-1 “record-setting” football event, including … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Smartphone

Obviously this is a riff on “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and I think even many “lesser-educated” people have heard this saying. But I wonder if the “more-educated” … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 2 Comments
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