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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

Salaita in His Own Words: Columbia College, Chicago Speaking Tour

Professor Steven Salaita on October 8, 2014 spoke at Columbia College Chicago that I previously commented on. John Dworkin asked the panelists, Steven Salaita, Iymen Chehade and myself whether we would consent … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

My class, my choice.

“To be absolutely blunt, it is time for individual faculty to give up, cheerfully and not grudgingly, any claim to sole authority over teaching methods of any kind.” – Former … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

An Improving Employment Picture for College Graduates?

The Collegiate Employment Research Institute released findings recently reporting that hiring for new bachelor’s degree recipients will increase by 16 percent in 2014-2015. The Center based its findings on surveying … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Speech, Civility, and Guns

A few days ago Marty Kich posted an item on this blog that reported an effort by gun-rights advocates in Oklahoma to pass legislation that will allow guns to be … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Organizing within Our Changing Profession”

Academe: September-October 2014 Volume 100, Issue 5 FEATURES Overcoming the Challenges of Contingent Faculty Organizing By David Kociemba Organizing for Advocacy By Miranda Merklein Making a Tangible Difference in Campus Culture … Continue reading

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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 · 1 Comment

Two Stories from Oklahoma That Seem to Illustrate Skewed Priorities

The first of these stories, “Gun Activists Lobbhy for Weapons on Campus,” appeared in the Norman Transcript []. Gun-rights activists are pushing for legislation that will allow guns to be … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 12-14.

Doctorow, E. L.  Welcome to Hard Times.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960. After his discharge from the army, E. L. Doctorow found a job as a script reader at … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Thanks to Diane Ravitch, I read Glen Ford’s July post today, “How to Pay for a Free, Non-Racist Higher Education.” It is certainly worth the look. It starts: Corinthian Colleges … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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