Teacher Burnout: Why?

Angie Miller, through Valerie Strauss, at WaPo: It is August, the Sunday of summer, and teachers everywhere are battling their back-to-school demons, trying to balance precious time with their families while also reflecting on how to improve their practices and preparing for (more) rolled-out districtwide initiatives. I don’t know a teacher right now who isn’t [Read More…]

CCCU and Dissenters

Evidently, the decision by Eastern Mennonite and Goshen — two (progressive, if I may) Mennonite faith-based colleges/universities — have opened the door to same-sex marriages and this has led to some schools bolting from the CCCU: (Update) July 14: More member schools of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) may bolt if the [Read More…]

Neocosmopolitan or Non-cosmopolitan?

Source: Temporary residents will not assimilate or acculturate as do those who immigrate. But… what can be done here? The university, McMullen says, is aiming to help international students “assimilate, acculturate and get a fuller, richer college experience.” It’s also asking: “How do we get American students, especially Iowans who can be noncosmopolitan, to know [Read More…]

Tuition Debts Revealed

See this from WaPo? Take a look at the article at the link: [Read more…]

Do We Need Libraries?

My answer is that we need librarians today more than any time in history. Librarians are the priests and priestesses of knowledge and they can mediate the resources of this world to us. But some today don’t think we need libraries. Carlos Lozada: Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: [Read More…]

15 Women Leading the Way

It is International Women’s Day, and we saw this set of images of what women are doing in the world and then saw this story: Source: In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re honoring 15 women who are using their voices, leadership and influence to make progress for girls’ education globally. March 08, 2015 by GPE Secretariat [Read More…]

A Teacher’s Story (by Cheryl Arnold)

As many of you know, my daughter, Laura, and I published a book together late last year — Sharing God’s Love: The Jesus Creed for Children. It is our hope that the children’s version of The Jesus Creed will assist parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, as they guide children into loving God and loving others in practical ways, [Read More…]

Ban Laptops in Class?

This professor, Tal Gross, says Yes. Image. What say you? Granted, laptops have their advantages. A laptop can be securely backed up more easily than a notebook. A laptop allows students — especially those for whom English is a second language — to look up words and background on the fly. But such benefits are [Read More…]

Too Much Emphasis on STEM?

Emily Eckart (at the link read the whole article): It is commonly claimed that STEM majors are the “most valuable” — value being defined as immediate job offers and high earnings. Articles promoting STEM have a clear focus: jobs and money. College is increasingly viewed as a form of vocational training, useful only for teaching the quantitative skills that our [Read More…]

Gender and Student Evaluations

Matt Shipman: A new study shows that college students in online courses give better evaluations to instructors they think are men – even when the instructor is actually a woman. “The ratings that students give instructors are really important, because they’re used to guide higher education decisions related to hiring, promotions and tenure,” says Lillian [Read More…]