Secrets of the Dividing Line

As an Appalachian boy keenly aware of his southern roots living in Richmond, Indiana in the 1950s, the Civil War was most real to me. Ancestors had fought on both sides, after all,… Continue reading

Let’s Move to Student “Doing” Instead of “Buying”

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
At the end of an editorial in The New York Times on the Department of Education’s decision to forgive student loans owed to Corinthian Colleges, the Editorial Board…

Reliably Unreliable

Originally posted on jacqpatts:
As a Secondary Education and English major, the vast majority of my time is spent writing papers. An even more vast amount of my time is spent researching reliable sources…

Expand Tenure, Don’t Weaken It

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
When Clark Ross sent me “Toward a New Consensus for Tenure in the Twenty-First Century” for possible inclusion in Academe, I was immediately interested. Not only was I…

Political Involvement: It’s No Choice, Now

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum, in his column in the May/June issue of Academe, when did the growth and vigor of the American middle class–and of American higher education–end? The reversal began…

The Ignored Public Sphere

What has blogging become? To me and to many others in the middle of the last decade, it looked like a turnaround, a revitalization of what Jürgen Habermas called “the public sphere,” something… Continue reading

The Land of Perfect Journalism

In a joking story about the land of perfect justice, a tailor is convicted of doing something that, he says, that any tailor would have done. As he was a very tall tailor… Continue reading

Complications and the Confederacy

The Confederate battle flag and guns for prom photos? Texas thinking the US is going to invade? For the American South, as William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even… Continue reading

The Real “Snowdens of Yesteryear”

The people who exasperate us the most are those we fear we’re most like. Like most teachers, I often feel I’m ‘all hat and no cattle,’ that I’m playing a part but without… Continue reading

Let’s Stop Blaming “Culture” for Poverty

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
“Rich families are all alike; every poor family is poor in its own way.” Writers on poverty in America might want to inscribe this over their computers. Even…