Moving Away from the Digital in a Smartphone-Altered Universe

Never were online courses adequate substitutes for face-to-face teaching. Like correspondence courses before them, they do fill a need and they can provide motivated students with a viable alternative. But they should never… Continue reading

Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical

Mark Eardley’s new Off-Broadway musical Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical opened two days ago at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwright’s Horizon, 416 West 42nd Street. We saw the late afternoon… Continue reading


When I returned for good from my years in Africa, my life before, understandably, seemed something of a dream. I tried to reconnect, but it was sometimes difficult to bridge the gap between… Continue reading

Lies and (Self) Deception

“The new movement must be, in part, exclusive and elite. It must not be afraid to pass along a body of knowledge that is not readily accessible to and understandable by everyone.” That’s… Continue reading

Court and Crisis

It’s crisis time. Oh, I know, we’ve been living on the edge of disaster for more than two years—longer, actually. Now, though, as it did at the end of 2000, the fate of… Continue reading

Mystery Machines or Master Teachers: Which Do You Prefer?

What’s optimal for education, the teacher as adjunct to the machine—or the other way around? Whatever the rest of us might decide, Silicon Valley has answered this question to its own satisfaction—one way… Continue reading

In Praise of the Unheralded

Too much of what goes on around the teaching profession these days seems designed to undermine the confidence and effectiveness of teachers. I know, it’s not meant that way, not really. But low… Continue reading

Call Me Naive If You Will…

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only…. ” “….The… Continue reading

Sham Admissions and the Sham Meritocracy

In all of the hoopla about a fake meritocracy, illegal shenanigans for college admissions, legacy and other legal but questionable methods of getting in, and all the other things swirling around the internet… Continue reading

Anti-Semitism: The Invisible Scourge

Once I knew a woman named Laura. Her light brown hair and hazel eyes were unremarkable in white American society. She told me a story–this was in 1975–about something that had happened to… Continue reading