Outsourcing Ourselves

Crabby wonders what's left for us to do ourselves... A recent article in the New York Times suggests that teaching handwriting may be losing ground to teaching typing in elementary school, the better to ensure that young people become chained to computers at earlier and earlier ages. The article cites studies suggesting that handwriting may actually … Continue reading Outsourcing Ourselves

The Underside of College LIfe

I tend to idealize my own college experience, which I suppose everyone does after a certain age or even before. When I talk to my low-income first generation-college students I probably idealize college even more. Even so, I know I went to learn things and not for the parties or simply to make "contacts," which … Continue reading The Underside of College LIfe

Fishing in Deeper Waters

"See you now;                                                                                                         … Continue reading Fishing in Deeper Waters

Putting the Heart Before the Course

Several high school seniors from first generation-college, low income families were sitting together with The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, one of my favorite novels and one I've taught several times. Caught in a loveless marriage in New Orleans in the mid-19th century, Edna Pontellier escapes her gilded cage through art and a passionate affair. Atmospheric, … Continue reading Putting the Heart Before the Course

High Hopes, Major Disappointment

Higher Education? by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus doesn't offer any new insights into the state of colleges or college admission.