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Why Torture Is So American!

Every American school child knows or should know about the Salem witch trials, and part of that chapter of American history involves torture.  Perhaps we should not torture our own … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

The One Good Thing About Online, Which Beats Even Face-to-Face

Unfortunately, online education, or its include-all moniker “online,” tends to be lined up against face-to-face or classroom instruction, as if the two were gunfighters.  Even if in the minds of … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Matt Dillon Is Dead: Why We Need Videos on the Academe Blog

Marty, a man whose writing I very much admire and whom I hope to meet in person one day (I really wish his office was just down the hall from … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Professor’s Illogical Accusation that Right to Bear Arms Limits Free Speech

In a commentary published yesterday by The Chronicle of Higher Education, an English professor at Utah State under a headline with lack of logic (English professors should know better, I … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 11 Comments

Dressing Up as Biblical Figure for Halloween Creepy?

  I had hoped to be scared this Halloween by maybe taking a creepy clown up on his offer to hug me in what looks like a setting out of … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ebola News Coverage as Educational as Shark Week

I should have expected the exploitative nature of news coverage concerning Ebola. I don’t know why I thought the news media would offer an educational experience. Offerings on television and … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Kill the Music: Students Must Read, Write, Do Math

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal featured a well-intentioned piece, “A Musical Fix For U.S. Schools,” which took up nearly 3/4 of a page with a huge accompanying photograph of a … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Embracing” the News from All Sources: Relax, It Won’t Kill You

I have a good friend who listens to Rush Limbaugh every day for too long.  Of course some of us would say that to meet this limit should not take … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fox News to Hire Fat and Ugly Women, O’Reilly Undergoing Hormone Treatments

In an announcement that shocked even the last reader of Victoria’s Secret catalogs alive, Brian Kilmeade, Fox News announced that it is going to do a booty-reset, which entails the … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sometimes It’s All About What We Leave Out

In his New York Times column today, David Brooks examines a Lewis Mumford essay from 1940. Brooks also writes of “Those who threaten civilization — Stalin then, Putin and ISIS now” and … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

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