Category Archives: Education

Paying for College

I’ve only been working full time in academia for a little over three years now, so feel free to take what I say here with a grain (or bucket) of salt. College education costs a lot. I know, not just … Continue reading

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Students Are Our Customers!

If you work in higher education, perhaps you’ve heard someone in administration say that: “Students are our customers!” Since I don’t see education as a commodity, I’m disinclined to interpret it through the lens of a business metaphor. I also … Continue reading

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Dismantling Education?

I keep hearing the observation (prediction?) that higher education is being disaggregated (most recently, here). What is meant by this is that the sources of the learning that add up to any given degree/diploma/certification are not going to come from … Continue reading

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Equivocating “Education”

It’s been a while since I’ve dialogued/argued with Will Willimon’s Bishop. Seems like a good time to pick it up again. On page 42 he says, “The United Methodist practice of itineracy is so deeply countercultural that we may be … Continue reading

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Why Teach?

Whatever the context of my teaching – school, church, home – my primary goal should be that my students learn something. Yes, I do have other goals. As a didaskophialic, teaching is often just plain fun; thus having fun is … Continue reading

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Teaching Philosophically

Few of the courses I teach, whether in a college or church setting, are officially called “philosophy.” Having a philosophical temperament, however, and finding value in a philosophical approach to learning, I find it difficult to avoid a common approach … Continue reading

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(Higher) Educational Lament

Now that I’ve been teaching for a couple of years, I see a few things over which I lament. One thing I’ve lamented since my own college days (in the early 1980s) is the high rate of inflation in higher … Continue reading

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