We Do Not Debate Civilly

We Do Not Debate Civilly

Academics are not among the most responsible of adults. There's a shine, though, to academic labor that's polished by the institution's reputational economy. Once we have achieved a certain status -- a Ph.D., tenure, full professorship, a belly-full of peer-reviewed publications -- then no matter what we say or how we say it, our words are afforded credibility, even dignity

Collegiality as Pedagogy

Collegiality as Pedagogy

Students can’t be the problem, unless they’ve always been the problem. And if they’ve always been the problem, perhaps we should reconsider the whole endeavor. It is for them, after all. But really, at some point, we need to stop blaming students for the state of education. If, after so many years of controlling student behavior, analyzing their data to understand and curtail that behavior, we are still unhappy with their performance, perhaps it’s time we turn education over to them. Perhaps it’s time we made them our colleagues.

Microaggressions, "Coddling", Safe Spaces, and President Obama

Microaggressions, "Coddling", Safe Spaces, and President Obama

It’s pretty disrespectful to talk about “coddling” adults. It’s disrespectful to talk about “coddling” children. Learners are humans with agency, and to assume that it’s “coddling” to make room for the trauma someone suffered is to both make light of that trauma and to overlook the fact that they survived it.