Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Lessons From Game Of Thrones – Melisandre and extremism as an antidote to reason…

June 6, 2014

The human race has always lived in the shadow of dogma.  It has perverted our history in many a violent way and has sowed the seeds of self-destruction for more than one society.


STEM Career Viability – Where’s the Beef?

March 22, 2014

STEM education programs are hot…

OK, so we’ve woken up to the fact that we are falling behind in science and technology.  Almost everyone is making a massive fuss over STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.  In higher education circles, it seems like everyone is climbing onto the STEM bandwagon.  It seems like almost everyday I hear about a new STEM program.  Some campuses are even building  STEM centers.


Learning On-Line: The good, the bad, and the ugly

September 1, 2013

Continuing with Barack Obama’s theme of making access to college more affordable for more Americans, I decided to explore the issue of taking classes online. What’s good, what’s bad and what is downright unacceptable. My knee-jerk reaction had been that this type of vehicle is fine for some forms of CE and for “light learning” of the sort that I have done on

Speaking as someone who has had to reinvent myself more than once, I have found on-line learning to be a mixed bag. Sometimes an online tutorial on a site like was all that I needed to move forward in an area where I was stuck.

Although is hardly a substitute for a university level course, its the only online training that I have any personal frame of reference with in the capacity of a student. Nevertheless, from that experience, I learned several things:


When publish or perish bumps up against pedagogy – Part II:

August 30, 2013

Part II: Academia’s other mission: the race to publish or perish

In Part I of this series, I outlined why skyrocketing tuition costs didn’t seem to square with the cost of actually educating students.   The second part of this series deals with “other” mission of academia and how this side of the equation may account in good part for the increased costs.


When publish or perish bumps up against pedagogy – Part I

August 29, 2013

Part I:  Has the cost of pedagogy really risen beyond core inflation?

We have all heard the headlines.  College tuition is skyrocketing.  The trajectory is indeed unsustainable.  And for good or ill, it was undoubtedly a key motivating force behind Barack Obama’s recent push to control rising costs by incentivizing a mean and lean model that produces measurable results.  Ok, so once again we are trying to “incorporate” academia using the Walmart plan.  To that end Obama has also encouraged colleges and universities to step up the online coursework opportunities.

In truth, the speech seemed more like warmed-over pablum than thoughtfully conceived policy.  This is mostly because it failed to address the underlying issues that contribute to exponential cost increases while simply attempting to squeeze out more “product” for less money in an already plundered pedagogical system.