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Online Education: The Great American Class Divider

Here we go again.  And there’s more.  Corinthian Colleges, after having dashed any academic hopes of its students, is now also accused of predatory lending.  That the wake and fiasco … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

Rotten Teacher’s Apple: The Common Core

In a recent opinion piece by William J. Bennett in the Wall Street Journal, “The Conservative Case for a Common Core,” with an unfortunate double-entendre title that misfires, one statement makes … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Occupy Wall Street Three Years Later: We are the 99%!

On September 17, 2011, three years ago today, protesters gathered in downtown Manhattan intending to Occupy Wall Street (OWS).  They ended up in nearby Zucotti Park, where they remained until … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

College Relations: Boston’s Brains Behind the Olympics

In a fascinating op ed in the Boston Globe recently, Andrew W. Lo, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Tom Rutledge, chief investment strategist at Alpha Simplex … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

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
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