What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us – The New York Times (And What Experience Cautions Us)

New insights about teaching, publishing and intellectual history. Source: What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us – The New York Times This Times Op-Ed contains a link to a website with informative data on syllabuses.  The piece explains the data.  I will just add that I believe that you can use the website to make […]

Puts His Finger on the K-12 Problem, Just Needs to Realize Cause.

But a lot of the training they get in school is. We can do better. Source: Teachers Aren’t Dumb – The New York Times I commented. Professor Willingham does us a service by focusing our attention on the symptom – too many teachers don’t know their subject – but he misses the cause. He misses […]

William Deresiewicz’s Incisive Observation Taken to Its Logical Conclusion

How college sold its soul to the market Source: [Essay] | The Neoliberal Arts, by William Deresiewicz | Harper’s Magazine I commented. To truly change higher education, the critical observation that college is neoliberal, needs to be followed to its logical conclusion. What has damned higher education in America is the neoliberalist view of colleges […]

What Was Intro PolSci Like in 1972 at U. of Houston?

U of H was mainly a commuter school back then.  I was working full time and took courses.  Two semesters of political science were required.  From my perspective, the first semester was fairly easy.  The second wasn’t so easy.  Keep that in mind.   Here are the required readings and a few of the assignments.  (The first page is there […]

Is This an Invitation For Professors to Pass Everyone?

“…students will not have to pay until they pass the courses…” from Promising Full College Credit, Arizona State University Offers Online Freshman Program – NYTimes.com. How about not paying till there is evidence of learning? like getting a good job? or, getting into grad school? or doing well on some standardized test in the subject?… […]

Math’s Enigma’s? Great, But Some People Want to Keep Them a Secret.

On Pi Day, Celebrate Math’s Enigmas – NYTimes.com. I had to comment. True, oh so true: “…it’s only when we try to stretch our minds around mathematics’ enigmas that true understanding can set in.” (The Op-Ed’s last line.) But, far too true, too: “…stretch[ing] our minds around mathematics…” is what so many unscrupulous college administrators […]

Penn Professor Tells It Like It Is

I highly recommend reading this. College, Poetry and Purpose – NYTimes.com. Though I made a comment, it is so similar to others, that, for regular readers, I just recommend the NY Times piece.  Here is my comment. Prof. Hall is correct about students as “customers”; though the problem is not with them. It is with […]

Content Deflation III – Does Wash. U. Physics Prof. Adopt It With Zeal? And Does the University Boast About It? Read This

This is from my story ATaleOutofSchool  but it is self-contained.  I think it is helpful in understanding how much “content deflation” has entered the academy as a marketing tool that caters to student “wants”, while leaving students on their own to acquire their “needs”.  Of course, it is even worse that just leaving them on […]

New York Times Conflates Teaching with Marketing and Then Notes Students Could Do Better?

Here are links to two articles in today’s The New York Times.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/education/using-the-arts-to-teach-how-to-prepare-for-climate-crisis.html?rref=us&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&pgtype=article and http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/us/us-students-strong-at-problem-solving-but-trail-other-nations.html?ref=us (only online for now) The first article seems to be about how a professor, one of many,  is using a creative new approach to teaching about climate change issues.  I looked at ratemyprofessor.com for her.  Here is what I found. She is tremendously […]