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Stephen King and Donald Trump

…It’s not only the geniuses who have the problem. They are the lucky ones—or, in some cases, the unlucky. At either end of the mass of us…. Stephen King wrote … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

U.S. Politics for “Tech Nerds” (and Everyone Else)

I usually try to limit my posts on this blog to issues directly involving higher education.  But as AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum has pointed out, “the attack on higher education … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 3 Comments

Why Is the Future of the University Never a University?

In August 2014, Graeme Wood wrote an article for The Atlantic titled “The Future of College?” The tease under the headline is: “A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Je Suis Charlie Movement Ends Wednesday

Michael Katims is a screenwriter and translator. Sunday morning I went to the supermarket around the corner from my apartment in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, where I have lived … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 8 Comments

“Standards!” Why the Fuss? I’d Rather Concern Myself with Education

Education “reformers,” in an attempt to save the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), are now attempting to decouple “standards” and “high-stakes testing.” In an op-ed in The New York Times today, for example, David … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

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 · 1 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



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