Category Archives: society

Safe spaces

By | August 24, 2016

There’s a lot of continuing interest in the concept of “safe spaces” and the role of so-called “trigger warnings” in establishing them. Like a lot of us, I have such a space to which I can retreat when things get too complicated – it’s called “my room”. I go there when I’ve read enough about Trump to feel… Read More »

Political brainwashing by media?

By | March 21, 2016

I found myself contemplating this on the freeway the other morning. For the last 30 years or so I’ve been listening to conservative-to-reactionary talk radio (largely in my car). I find it fascinating how differently people can think about seemingly simple political and social issues, and how fervently we argue in favor of our views. There’s a new… Read More »

The end of the road for a career?

By | February 28, 2016

A few days ago, Trish Tatman published a piece in Medium entitled “Be kind; say no”. Her argument was that it’s a lot better to be rejected outright than to be strung along. I found this quite relevant to the issue of career choices and persisting in pursuing obviously failing strategies – specifically, the question of how long… Read More »

Students as consumers

By | December 5, 2015 There’s another column of mine included in The Synapse collection on Medium, called “Students as consumers”. It discusses how students came to be described as consumers and education as a commodity. Quite relevant to other things I’ve published here, and maybe by appearing there gaining a slightly larger audience.

Form and function in teaching

By | December 5, 2015 I’ve recently published in The Synapse collection on Medium this brief column on a controversy recently emerging on another blog about the “right way to teach” and its relationships to power. You might find it interesting.

Education as a Heap of Trouble

By | October 18, 2015

I haven’t had much to say recently; hopefully, this will change. Here’s something that recently engaged my attention, at least long enough to fulminate some. There’s a recent LinkedIn discussion about “Higher Education is in a Heap of Trouble.. What’s to Be Done About It?”. Numerous perspectives are reflected there. My own tends to be on the more… Read More »

Remembering Virginia

By | August 8, 2015

My mother, Virginia Dudley Eveland, would have turned 116 earlier this year had she stuck around. As it was, she lived to 93 – time enough to see the world totally transformed. In a way, she and many of her generation pioneered the experience of today’s millennials. She was a brilliant but quiet child, growing up in a… Read More »

“The value of aphorisms”

By | July 18, 2015

I’ve been pretty inactive here lately, at least in part because of some technical problems with my server that cut of my access here. But I seem to be back on line now. I thought that I’d call your attention to a piece I put up on the LinkedIn Pulse blog, called “The value of aphorisms.” It’s essentially… Read More »

On being non-academic as well

By | June 17, 2015

On the Quora answer site, the question was recently posed, “Do PhD students get time to pursue their hobbies?” By the time I saw it, they were already some 41 answers posted, many of which spoke negatively about opportunities for extra-academic activity. For me, this seems like an opportunity to reflect on the other half of what I… Read More »

“Mediated meritocracy”

By | June 16, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I published on the LinkedIn Pulse blog a brief piece entitled “Mediated meritocracy”. I’m not quite sure why, but it’s attracted a larger audience (some 520 views, 64 likes) than just about anything else I’ve written. I’m gratified, but I really wish that I’d been able to attract the same audience to some… Read More »