CultureEducationHigher Education

Who is this music for, anyway?

Not long ago I was talking to a colleague of mine who was teaching an undergraduate course on early music, which is the term academics generally use to refer to Western European art music from before 1750. Some time previous to our conversation one of the music majors in his class, …

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Students and university scene
EducationHigher EducationPolitics

Look to Labor Law to Solve Student Association Conflicts

A few years ago, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the University of Windsor was withholding the health and dental insurance money that it collects on behalf of the University of Windsor Student Alliance. Allegedly, the university was fretting about the governance of the student association. The story sounds similar …

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Required Readings

Ed news highlights, Trump budget, fewer international applicants, general ed, and more: Required Readings, 03.16.17

For those interested in more general education news roundups, NPR is now providing a weekly discussion of top stories. Here is the most recent version. The Atlantic is doing the same. Meanwhile, if you or the institution you work for is a subscriber to the Chronicle of Higher Ed, you can …

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking: Then and Now

Once again, I am writing about Richard Paul’s work on critical thinking. He wrote a whole lot about it and had excellent things to say. I would strongly recommend checking out the source of what I am briefly touching on here, because he goes into much more detail and depth …

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Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDan { "Folks" drives me up a wall because of how it's been co-opted by politicians as a substitution for "people" in pretty much all non-negative circumstances.... } – Dec 25, 7:28 PM
  • User AvatarJay { True, but those are only appropriate in some places. } – Dec 19, 12:03 AM
  • User Avatarrcurtis505 { English has two awkward but valid plural second-person pronouns: youse, and y'all. } – Dec 18, 9:18 PM
  • User AvatarJay { I did like the word "folks" a lot, but it does have problems with association. It's a shame that certain groups co-opt words and phrases... } – Dec 18, 6:43 AM
  • User AvatarMatthew { Myself, I always go with "folks." I wasn't aware of the gang association and I'm not sure that many Canadians are. Still, a Jewish friend... } – Dec 15, 2:12 PM
  • User AvatarDan { Or that ridiculous paper that lately made the rounds "dating" a Sappho poem based on some pretty tenuous interpretations of vague language. } – Sep 18, 5:03 PM

Education

CultureEducationHigher Education

Who is this music for, anyway?

Not long ago I was talking to a colleague of mine who was teaching an undergraduate course on early music, which is the term academics generally use to refer to Western European art music from before 1750. Some time previous to our conversation one of the music majors in his class, …

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Where to Begin Thinking Critically?

I realize almost no one will read this, but for the few who do, I have question. (I’ll keep this post short.) Recently, I’ve been thinking about the most basic aspects of critical thinking: where to start a primer for students who have never really encountered it before. While “critical …

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Pedagogy

Pedagogy

Don’t Teach “Evaluating Sources”

Okay, so that title was a bit of an attention getter. I’m not going to say that you shouldn’t teach students how to evaluate sources at all, just not necessarily when you think you should. Teachers are faced with the task of figuring out exactly what aspects of their subjects …

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Culture

CultureEducationHigher Education

Who is this music for, anyway?

Not long ago I was talking to a colleague of mine who was teaching an undergraduate course on early music, which is the term academics generally use to refer to Western European art music from before 1750. Some time previous to our conversation one of the music majors in his class, …

READ MORE →