Archive for May 2013

The Locale and Grace of Teaching

I’ve not yet decided if I’ve succumbed to despair (a sin) or prudence, but I no longer participate in any of the forums at my campus about online education, MOOCs, virtual office hours, assessment, and the countless other distractions from ...

Dodd-Frank Follies

When things go wrong we generally ask “What can we do to keep that from happening again”? It’s a normal human reaction, but a prideful one. Those of us who are parents will generally admit that we struggled to correct prob...

Dinner, Anyone?

In Dr. Mark Mitchell’s recent post on Front Porch Republic, “W[h]ither the Family Dinner?”, he asks the question, “Are family meals important?”  My short answer is: yes.  But why is it important?  In answering this question, I ask you to re...

What Then Must We Do?: Worker Ownership Redux

The following is an excerpt from from Gar Alperovitz’s What Then Must We Do? (Chelsea Green, 2013) and is reprinted with permission of the publisher. Learn more about the book here.  By the way, and finally (for the moment), there are...

Twitter and the Decline of Civilization

Here’s a rather satisfying screed on the baleful effects of Twitter. A taste: If you haven’t gathered by now, I’m not a Twitter fan. In fact, I outright despise the inescapable microblogging service, which nudges its users to leave no...