Christianity and Higher Education (RJS)

John Fea, chair of the History Department at Messiah College, blogs at The Way of Improvement Leads Home and contributes weekly to the evangelical portal at patheos with a column Confessing History. His column last week addressed the question of Christian higher education and explored what this may mean and how it is to be [Read More...]

Academic Drift 2

In Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa prove — not contend — that students are not learning what they should, professors are not doing all they could, administrators are not focused on education enough and, as if that weren’t a glassful, society is and will continue to suffer is [Read More...]

Academic Drift 1

In their new stunning book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, a book that uses an ancient genre — the academic jeremiad — with exquisite accuracy, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa prove — not contend — that students are not learning what they should, professors are not doing all they could, administrators are not [Read More...]

Another Side to the Teachers in Wisconsin

Education is on my mind these days as I’ve got two posts coming up this week on higher education. But today we’re looking at the situation in Wisconsin. I don’t think there is any simple solution: my father was a public school teacher; Kris’ father was a public school teacher; we have family members who [Read More...]

Should Teachers Befriend Students? 3 (Sam Lamerson)

GRADE INFLATION It had to be one of the most shocking letters that I had received as a professor.  The sender was a student who was in the armed services (his name and service will be withheld to protect the guilty).  He had been given a “C” in a class of mine that he was [Read More...]

Should Teachers Befriend Students? 2 (Sam Lamerson)

Technology in the Classroom A friend of mine is a middle-school teacher.  She told me the other day of having some photographic slides around the room and one of her young students picked one up, held it gingerly up to the light like a loaded gun, and was amazed.  “Miss Neal, Miss Neal, you are [Read More...]

What about those group projects?

Educators, ahem “educrats,” are convinced that if we do group projects in class students will learn the kind of cooperation that is needed in the business world. I don’t mind some in-class “buzz groups” to get students talking about texts, and I do permit students to do one of my Jesus class assignments as a [Read More...]

Should Teachers Befriend Students? 1 (Sam Lamerson)

This series is by friend (and former student), Sam Lamerson, who is now a well-read professor at Knox Theological Seminary in Florida: SHOULD A PROFESSOR BE FRIENDS WITH STUDENTS? Scot was my dissertation mentor at TEDS ten or so years ago.  After I had finished I was constantly asking him for teaching advice and he, [Read More...]

Pressure on our high schoolers

From the NYTimes, which uses this opener for a set of responses: A new documentary, “Race to Nowhere,” looks at the pressures being put on high school students to build their résumés with Advance Placement classes and athletic accomplishments to improve their chances of acceptance at elite colleges and universities. The film captures the angst of [Read More...]

What do you think?

Here’s quite the presentation on educational theories… [Read more...]


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