Back when I was writing The Cult of Individualism: A History of an Enduring American Myth in 2012, I was desperately hoping that, against all evidence, the dominant white cultures of the United States could begin to cross the barriers between them. I thought that, just maybe, I could help that happen by describing the … Continue reading What I Got So Wrong
I've been shocked by how little so many of my colleagues know about teaching online. I'm no expert, but it's something I've done in a number of contexts for a decade and a half. Here are some of my suggestions for teachers suddenly thrown into online teaching without preparation who are now looking at its … Continue reading Online Course Preparation with the Student in Mind
A set of snapshots from parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan:
One of the common elements of my dog walks over the last month has been the food trucks. Of course, they have always been there, but their numbers have not diminished while most other traffic has. There are the big sixteen-wheelers bringing nourishment from outside to supermarkets and wholesalers. There are the smaller delivery trucks … Continue reading Food
As he is not a teacher, not really, New York Times pundit David Brooks is able to accuse the higher GPA of English classes as opposed to Premed classes of being involved with “coddling.” If the grades are higher, students must be getting less out of the class. It’s too easy. Brooks writes from the … Continue reading Who Coddles Whom?
“I thought it was terrible what he did, to write a letter. This isn’t a class on literature. This is a captain of a massive ship that’s nuclear-powered,” Trump said at a news briefing Saturday evening. “The letter was a five-page letter from a captain, and the letter was all over the place. That’s not … Continue reading But Is It Literature?
The original to this parody was a look back at a real Easter intentional disaster, in Ireland in 1916, the Easter Rising that led to killings and then executions by the British. I don't want to trivialize that, but a new "terrible beauty" could be born this Easter if we refuse to give human lives … Continue reading Easter, 2020: Is This What Trump Wants?
The ancestor I am named for traveled to Norfolk, VA with his daughter Esther in 1800. They both died there of yellow fever and were buried there in an unmarked grave along with other victims of an outbreak not large enough to be considered notable, so common were such occurrences at that time. Though vaccination … Continue reading Interlude: Our Lives
There are people in my family seduced White Supremacist thinking. They are young; they are male; they live outside the metropoles; they did not finish college; they are smart; they are aggrieved. They feel held back by a society that, in their view, puts more weight on the needs of women and minorities than on … Continue reading One Tragedy of White Supremacy
What is wrong with our Democratic candidates? In Las Vegas on Wednesday night, three Democratic primary candidates, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar, could do no more than try to drag down the others. Two, Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden, stood there contributing little. And one, Bernie Sanders, simply said what he has said … Continue reading Primary Debates: It’s Time to Stop the Idiocy and Get Serious