Category Archive: education

Naïveté? Or Exploitation?

If there was one thing I learned from my Peace Corps experience it was that people everywhere know a lot more than the lucky few in the worldwide elites believe they do—and that… Continue reading

Why the Business Model Doesn’t Work for Education

It’s simple, really. In our adoration for free enterprise that has been built into cult-like status over the past generation, we have forgotten the prime rule of business: failure is the norm. Let… Continue reading

"And All the Pundits Are Below Average"

In January, Thomas Friedman wrote: In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you… Continue reading

Biometric "Hysteria"?

Diane Ravitch may be adamant and forceful… but hysterical? In a post today, she refers to another, one by Gary Houchens, a professor of “Educational, Leadership, & Research” at Western Kentucky University. His… Continue reading

Learning, Teaching, and Talking

Just what does a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) have to do with education? In a couple of posts last month (the first one is here), I hinted that their real relationship to… Continue reading

Sixteen Tons

Anyone with an Appalachian background understands the references in the old Merle Travis song (made popular by Tennessee Ernie Ford) “Sixteen Tons”: You load sixteen tons and what do you get?Another day older… Continue reading

The School of Teaching Without Teaching, Part II

This morning, before leaving for school, I responded to Thomas Friedman’s piece in today’s New York Times. I wrote quickly. Though today is “reading day” before final exams, I am responsible for a… Continue reading

School of Teaching Without Teaching

In her novella Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor has character Hazel Motes create the Church of Christ Without Christ. Thomas Friedman has apparently joined its contemporary offshoot, the School of Teaching Without Teaching. Certainly,… Continue reading

Articles I Never Should Have Read, #1093

Someone sent me a link to an article from The Washington Post by David Levy called “Do College Professors Work Hard Enough?” Levy writes: Though faculty salaries now mirror those of most upper-middle-class… Continue reading

The Naive and Hopeful Me

Yesterday, I shared with a class the Charles Simic article from The New York Review of Books that set me off so a few days ago. These particular students are enrolled in an… Continue reading