Category Archives: teaching

History is Erased by the Winners

Two-Thirds Of Millennials Can’t Say What Auschwitz Is: Study (patch.com) A common trap that many teachers fall into is assuming that when their students get to them, those students will have learned the same things that they’d learned at that particular age or grade level. For some teachers, this is an honest mistake that they’re not even aware that they’re making; others, however, may not particularly care about all the factors involved in why their students aren’t aware of certain issues, because they view every…

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Defending the Ground of the Cap and Gown

Professors Are Targets In Online Culture Wars; Some Fight Back (wlrn.org) (Content Warning: This blog includes discussion of bullying and a suicide attempt.) Of all my interactions with the worst bully I ever had to deal with in my younger days — and believe me, I had to deal with a lot of bullies back then — two stick out the most. The first was an act of public embarrassment so mortifying that it led me to attempt suicide, right there on campus, after I was finally…

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Indoctrination Into Silence

Students Get Mixed Messages On Whether Protesting Will Get Them In Trouble (NPR.org) School Bans Students After Gun Violence Protest (Newsweek via msn.com) It certainly made for a good media spectacle. Shortly after being sworn in as the first Democratic mayor of New York City in twenty years, Bill de Blasio indicated that he would move quickly to stem the tidal wave of support for charter schools in the Big Apple that his predecessors, particularly Michael Bloomberg, had rammed down New Yorkers’ throats for over…

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Not-So-Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Education Dept. Considers Tougher Rules On Loan Forgiveness In Fraud Cases (KPBS.org) Reconsidering the cost of education (npr.org) The role of higher education in Americans’ lives exists on a number of different spectrums. When I was younger, attending a private school but living in a working-class Toledo neighbourhood, the spectrum I became most aware of was that of possibility. Even though I was going to a school where college was pretty much a given for every graduate, I was living with families where even the…

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The Un-Enlightenment

America hits peak anti-intellectualism: Majority of Republicans now think college is bad (salon.com) I was part of the generation that first clued into the joy of Nickelodeon during the rise of cable TV in the 1980’s, but when the network was still so young that there was no such thing as Nick at Nite. Even at a time when most television networks ended their “broadcast day” and went off the air every night, it was still jarring to have Nickelodeon switch over to static in…

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