Category Archive: Fred Keller

The Physical College

In a New York Times opinion piece today, Jeff Selingo of The Chronicle of Higher Education lays out ‘urgent needs’ for American colleges and universities–but completely ignores the physical changes that would be… Continue reading

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same?

In today’s New York Times, Stanley Fish writes about Andrew Delbanco’s new book College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be. As something of both a traditionalist and an innovator, I appreciate what… Continue reading

“Objectivity” As a Barrier to Education: Teaching Intellectual Responsibility and the Role of the Citizen

Often, when people wonder if American higher education might follow the fate of journalism, falling victim to inability to adapt to new technological milieux, they are thinking in terms of money and its… Continue reading

The "He Said/She Said" of Education

Jay Rosen provides a smell test for he said/she said journalism: There’s a public dispute. The dispute makes news. No real attempt is made to assess clashing truth claims in the story, even… Continue reading

When Will They Ever Learn?

In the 1950s and early 1960s, my father was involved in exploring possibilities of programmed instruction and teaching machines.  In 1961, I remember rewards of a quarter as I participated as a subject… Continue reading

No More Teachers?

At the start of “Good-bye, Teacher… “ Fred Keller quotes one version of that old doggerel: Good-bye scholars, good-bye school;Good-bye teacher, darned old fool! I learned it as: Good-bye pencils, good-bye books;Good-bye teachers’… Continue reading

The Keller Method, Updated: One Possible Way for Improving Higher Education

How might universities and colleges be structured to reflect the needs of the 21st century? Nothing I could suggest is going to be perfect, or even practical. But change is needed. Our present… Continue reading

Broadening Teaching

Oh, how I wish I’d paid attention! But I was only seven or eight years old. My father, John A. Barlow, was an experimental psychologist. Friends and colleagues I remember include B. F.… Continue reading