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Exactly Why I Don’t Like Dependence on Grant Funding

Over the past few years, I’ve become less and less enthusiastic about grants as a funding mechanism for higher-education-related projects. It’s not just the Koch brothers and their use of grants to promote particular ideologies but even the gentler tugs by funders such as the NEH toward consideration of particular arenas or inclusion of certain classes…

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What’s a Teacher to Do?

When you rely on the numbers, you count out the people. How often have we heard that? How frequently do we remind ourselves that it’s the people—in our case as educators, the students—who matter most, the individuals and not the numbers that reflect the aggregate? Yet our actions continue to be toward the group and…

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We Have Been Too Quiet

BY AARON BARLOW What’s the point of having academic credentials if you can’t use them? Sure, we make them into bludgeons inside the ivory tower, but that’s really just child’s play: the bludgeons do all the real damage of balloons. Only when there is ‘real-world’ application can they have an impact, do they really mean…

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Just Who’s the Troll?

Originally posted on One Flew East:
When I’ve tried to deal directly with internet trolls, I’ve had little luck. What I mean is, their minds were made up about me before they trolled whatever I might have written. No matter how politely I’ve tried to engage them, rarely do I get anything in response but…

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PROFESSIONAL STAFF CONGRESS REACHES CONTRACT DEAL WITH CUNY

From the PSC-CUNY: New York—A tentative collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union representing CUNY faculty and professional staff, and the City University of New York (CUNY). The deal was announced today by PSC President Barbara Bowen and CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken. The proposed contract provides 10.41%…

A deliberately unprovocative picture of the package of cheese snacks I ate while I wrote this post. Nothing political to see here. Moving on!

If you blog, will you lose your job?

Originally posted on The Thesis Whisperer:
I am publishing this post outside of my usual Wednesday schedule because I want to comment on a very live issue in Australia. A deliberately unprovocative picture of the package of cheese snacks I ate from a Starbucks in Canada while I wrote this post. The Thesis Whisperer is…

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“Automation, Automation, Automation”

BY AARON BARLOW In the 30+ years since I first looked into using digital technology in the classroom, my enthusiasm for it has waned. Today, I guess I have to classify myself as a Luddite. When I re-read Thomas Pynchon’s “Is It O.K. To Be A Luddite?” my answer to his question is quite different from…

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Remembering Elsie Janis

BY AARON BARLOW At the end of The Big Show: My Six Months with the American Expeditionary Forces (1919), Elsie Janis wrote: Now I must call a halt. I love talking, and as I can’t talk to everyone, I like writing. Just a few words in parting to the women: You have been wonderful–and while I love…