Because students matter . . .

                                         Because what we do in our courses matters . . .

                                         Because the university is not an ivory tower . . .

            Teaching badly is no longer an ethical alternative.  Students arrive at institutions of higher education in desperate need of our help in finding a place in the world and in better understanding how to navigate their personal and public roles. The societies we inhabit need workers and citizens with a rich understanding of the world around them. And our classrooms have become a central location for the war against inequality which is spreading across the globe.

            More than ever before, the tools that we need to achieve these goals are available to us. For the last two decades I have had the good fortune to be part of a marvelous conversation about how to make higher education a place where the needs of our students and our societies are at last truly met. In this blog I would like to pass on some of what I have learned and to make a space for your thoughts as well.  Please join in this great endeavor

Blog Posts

Marx and Metaphors

I am going to say one word to you, and that word will change the entire way that you are looking at the material we are reading for class this week.  It probably won’t convince you that the author is correct, but that is not the point.  Our job is …

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The Abduction of Professor X

Never was the tension between teaching and tenure so visible to me as in those moments, locked in an undergraduate apartment, as the reels of the tape recorder turned, and students bombarded me with potentially incriminating questions.  The decision on my tenure was just a few months away.  My first …

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A Game of Chess

       I have never been very proficient at the art of chess.  The one time that I tried to remedy this lack by reading a work on the subject the most immediate result was a bizarrely symmetrical game with a friend who I later found out had learned from the …

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