On the one hand, it may seem honorable to be someone who “can’t be bought”. At the same time, some of the most dangerous people are those who have no currency. I know, I know. Dr. Phil says “Everybody has a currency. If you want to create change, you have to identify somebody’s currency. Then, … More Money Can’t Buy Me…May, 2017
It looks like about once a year I write a post on education. It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year. One argument I’ve heard with increased frequency in the never-ending debate on “ways to fix the education system” is to treat teachers like we do doctors and lawyers. This comes up most frequently from (former) teachers, who … More Teachers as Doctors or Lawyers
In part because I am away from my kitchen for six weeks, I will be returning to one of my favorite rant subjects: education. One of the “hot topics” in academics (particularly at the college-level) is grade inflation. Many recent articles have appeared, asking the questions “Why does this practice persist?” “How can this practice … More Grade Inflation
It’s time for some more Georgia education politics! A local news station recently aired a “whistle-blowing” piece on the content knowledge (or really, lack of content knowledge) of Georgia public school teachers. In order to become a Georgia public school teacher, candidates must pass an exam called the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators … More The Disgrace of the GACE
As one could guess, this is going to be an education-related article; however, unlike most of my education posts, this is not inspired by an article in the Chronicle. Instead, this post is based on my real-life recent experience and real-life recent wonder. Here’s what inspired the post: my department encourages instructors to take “regular” … More Purpose of Attendance
I have had some very interesting responses to a previous blog post (courtesy of Facebook). The responses themselves were quite long, and I’m sure my retorts will be as well, so I figured this would be a medium that would (a) allow for great amounts of text and (b) give my readers their due respect … More In Defense of Education–Responses
Here’s a little background into the reason behind this blog post. My university used to employ a database, which for now we’ll call “the key.” “The key” was available for anyone on the web to use, and it contained a list of course statistics for every professor in every department for every class taught in … More Psst, what’d you get for #2…in 1997?