What We Really Miss When We Miss College

A great reflection from Leadership Journal regarding what we’re really missing when we feel nostalgic for college (the answer might surprise you): I miss my university years. It has been twenty-two years since I graduated from college. I went to a state school in a medium-sized Oregon farm town. For me, it was a fantastic [Read More...]

A Prayer for the Beginning of the School Year

My friend Kari is a school librarian, and she recently posted a prayer for the beginning of the school year. My school year starts tomorrow, and I’ll wager you know at least one person who needs a bit of prayer to start off the year well – teachers, administrators, and students: Ready or not, our [Read More...]

Blogs vs. Term Papers: The Case for Term Papers

Recently, I have offering some thoughts on the relative value of blogs vs. term papers in higher education. I was inspired by an article in the New York Times: “Blogs vs. Term Papers.” This article describes the convictions of an English professor at Duke to abolish term papers in favor of blogs. As you might [Read More...]

Blogs vs. Term Papers: What Do You Think?

Here's how I used to do it. My first typewriter was a Hermes Rocket, like the one pictured above.

I’ve spent a fair amount of my life writing term papers and blog posts. I was a full-time college and grad student for eight years, and then spent nine years (on and off) writing my dissertation (a whopper of a term paper). I estimate that I’ve spend something like 5,000 hours writing papers and 3,000 [Read More...]


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