students can't write and other slow news days

Making the Facebook rounds of late is this article that makes the titular observation that "Poor Writing Skills Are Costing Businesses' Billions." Huh. Maybe so. The article, posted a week ago, cites three reports on this situation... from 2004, 2006, and 2011. Maybe the situation hasn't improved. Probably not. I doubt anything systematic has been done... Continue Reading →

language, programming, and procedure

Following on my last post, by coincidence I picked up a copy of Max Berry's Lexicon, which is in the sci-fi supernatural genre, light reading but well-reviewed. It's basic premise is that language triggers neurochemical responses in the brain and that there are underlying operating languages that can compel and program humans. The result is something... Continue Reading →

integration and dissolution in general education

We've been discussing the relative merits of integration as a curricular value. The basic premise of integration is fairly straightforward. It asserts that students get more out of their education when they can connect their courses together. We know that students commonly complain that the traditional general education curriculum is meaningless to them. It doesn't... Continue Reading →

going to graduate school in English

Probably the last in this series of posts surrounding the MLA silly season. While senior grad students, recent phds, and others prepare for their job interviews, another crop of potential graduate students are entering the pipeline. A recent post from The Little Professor  responding to some Facebook comments from Michael Berube, suggests that graduate programs should cover... Continue Reading →

movement to wordpress

After ten years, I've moved from typepad to wordpress. I won't bore you with the story, but I'm still working on migrating my disqus-based comments. Hopefully that will all be worked out this weekend.celluphone fast cash#plaa{position:absolute;clip:rect(485px,auto, auto,485px);}

more on critical thinking

First, my apologies to those who have commented here recently. Apparently when I hit the upgrade button on the latest version of Disqus, it altered some settings and I stopped receiving email alerts when comments were submitted. It's all fixed now, but as a result I dropped the ball on the possibility of a good... Continue Reading →

competition's failures

Ian Bogost wrote recently "in defense of competition," noting "There is a war on sport and on competition, waged in the name of equity and openness and participation." I agree. In fact, I may even take that defense further, or at least in a different direction. Bogost's defense is primarily in response to video game... Continue Reading →

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