“Assessment”: Turning the Precious Public Resource of a University Into a Second-Rate High School

Yesterday I read this piece in the New York Times by Molly Worthen. Then I made the mistake of reading the comments thread, which included a fair amount of vitriol against supposedly lazy and irresponsible college teachers. Overall the comments were a mixed bag of support and critique—understandably, since questions about the purposes and standards … Continue reading “Assessment”: Turning the Precious Public Resource of a University Into a Second-Rate High School

Against the Cruelty, Hypocrisy, and Irresponsibility of Trump’s Budget: An Open Letter

Dear Senator Corker, Senator Alexander, and Representative Duncan, Commonly I have heard people who are less pessimistic than I am about self-correcting capacities in the US political system valorize a turning point in the battle against McCarthyism.  In 1954 Joseph Welch famously responded to Senator Joseph McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At … Continue reading Against the Cruelty, Hypocrisy, and Irresponsibility of Trump’s Budget: An Open Letter

“Resisting,” Talking with Republicans, and Remembering the Mandate of the 2018 Election—All at the Same Time!

When the Mafia-backed entrepreneur and con man Donald Trump captured a majority of electoral college votes—although, of course, not the majority of actual votes, and that is before we inquire how the count may have been affected by “abnormal” Russian propaganda, “normal” Fox propaganda (overlapping with the Russian part), tampering with voting machines in swing … Continue reading “Resisting,” Talking with Republicans, and Remembering the Mandate of the 2018 Election—All at the Same Time!

Should This Blog Live? Where Do We Go From Here?

There is a structural conundrum to confront.  I was clear from the moment I launched MBE—and have not wavered—that this cannot be one facet of a multi-pronged campaign for social media followers. Emphatically, I did not sign up for the distraction of joining Facebook and building a network there, nor promoting MBE via Twitter. Rather, … Continue reading Should This Blog Live? Where Do We Go From Here?