Entries Tagged as 'Education'

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Long’s Axioms of Higher Education

With commencement exercises finished this weekend, it’s time for Long’s Axioms of Higher Education. Axiom No. 1: Graduate school prepares you for . . . graduate school. Axiom No. 2: A student’s concern about how he or she is performing in the course is usually inversely proportional to the student’s need to be concerned. Axiom […]

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Blogging #MLA15: Day Three

It’s easy to be cynical about the annual convention of the Modern Language Association. Its session and paper titles are fodder for usually news-starved media during the winter break. (Unfortunately, there is other global news to preoccupy us.) Its spectacle of posturing and pretentiousness is legendary. More snark than the love child of Lewis Carroll […]

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Blogging #MLA15: Day Two

My strategy at cocktail parties is to find one location (usually near the bar or buffet) and wait ’til the world comes around over the course of an evening. So today I staffed the booth of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, which displays samples of our member editors’ journals. I’d reserved a location […]

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Blogging #MLA15: Day One

The 130th annual convention of the Modern Language Association began for me on a medieval-Renaissance note. If Dante Alighieri were alive today, commercial air travel would be one of the storeys of Mount Purgatory. Not the Inferno, mind you, because no matter how awful the experience, it will eventually end. My travel day started at […]

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

And Not a Professor Among Them @NYCConf #NYTsft

The Gray Lady is hosting Schools for Tomorrow: Disruptions in the Lecture Hall, asking “Is a college degree really worth the investment?” (the answer, as is well documented, is “yes,” but the the New York Times hasn’t gotten the news yet), also proposing to explore “how innovations and challenges . . . impact the very nature of […]

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Idea Pollen, Thought Allergies

April may be the cruellest month, not only for mixing memory and desire, but also for allergic rhinitis. For some people, a foreign substance (pollen) stimulates the body’s production of a reactive chemical, histamine. The allergic reaction can be mild (swelling of mucous membranes, production of mucous), or, in the case of some allergies, quite […]

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Books & Man at Yale

A recent visit to New Haven revealed that my favorite discount book outlet, Labyrinth Books, which had a very fine store on the north side of Yale, has closed that shop. Labyrinth describes itself as “an acclaimed independent bookstore for engaged readers” and observes that “Labyrinth serves Princeton University in all its course-book needs, taking […]

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

TFA, the Amway of Education

Writing in the 22 March 2012 issue of the New York Review of Books, Diane Ravitch critiques America’s education-industrial complex, what Pasi Sahlberg calls “the Global Education Reform Movement” or GERM, whose central doctrine is teaching to the test, while she takes particular aim at the Wendy Kopp pyramid scheme, Teach for America (TFA). Like […]

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

As Texas Goes . . . So Goes Education

Keep in mind that Texas sets the textbook agenda for much of the US: Romney can tick off the failings of the president like any other Republican but he precedes each one with a friendly word or tip of the hat. It drives conservatives crazy, not only but also in Texas, where the preferred oratorical […]

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Guber Alles: A hot, wet, steamy pool of brownback

Twenty years ago I drew the ire of the governor of Virginia. I was an instructor at a public community college (the second lowest genus on the higher education food chain), and L. Douglas Wilder was the governor. Virginia’s economy had slipped into recession, and the US was in the midst of a presidential primary […]

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Snooki at Rutgers

This news item comes under the “kulcha” category. Reported today, Rutgers University (chartered in 1766 as Queens College, opening in 1771) is bringing to its campus this week Nicole Polizzi, someone who is otherwise known as “Snooki.” No maven of pop kulcha, I even know that “Snooki” is a celebrity du jour  on one of […]

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Barnes & Noble Nook: I Got Took

The reason that I bought the Barnes & Noble Nook Color e-book reader was that it seemed to provide an ample catalog of the kinds of books that I read (including scholarly books) and more important, that it seemed, in comparison to another reader that I’d used and other readers that I’d reviewed, more facile […]

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Academic Freedom: What It Is, What It Isn’t

Many a kerfuffle among the punditocracy and in the blogosphere about “tenured radicals” corrupting the minds of our young people in college, with tenure as a guarantee of lifelong employment without conditions. Well, since only about a quarter of faculty are tenured or working for tenure (and the rest of us contingent labor), let’s dismiss […]

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

So You Want to Get a PhD in English?

Reminds me of the numerous times an eager undergraduate English major has sat in front of me (though on those occasions I was not nearly so jaundiced in my perspective as the professor avatar here).

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Eva von Dassow, Super Prof!

Eva von Dassow, a professor of classical and Near Eastern studies, spoke at a recent public forum of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. According to an article in today’s Inside Higher Ed, the video of her talk is inspiring many of her colleagues at Minnesota and elsewhere, many of them fed up with […]

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Scholars Suthrin Style

At a conference of scholars (mostly historians) on the Oldest State of the South. . . Uniformity. Unlike MLA meetings where blue jeans or black on black on black (with black Euro eyewear) prevails, the uniform of the day is the blue blazer and khaki pants (mostly men, but sometimes unisex). Depicted below, my uniformity: […]

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Another Thing White People Like

I’m at a scholarly conference at a small college with big pretensions, where Christian Lander could add to his list of Stuff White People Like: strip-mall neo-Colonial or convention hotel neo-Georgian architecture. In this case, this college started out as a junior college extension of Oldest Southern College, declared its independence, got a makeover with […]

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Blogging MLA: Day Four

The last day of MLA’s annual convention. The conference has appeared in local and national news media, as always at this time of year, though this year the headlines have seemed less preoccupied with presenters’ clever or controversial paper titles and more on the deleterious effects of the grim economy and the challenges of digital […]

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Blogging MLA: Day Three

Reunions Many spontaneous reunions occur at MLA, some planned, most serendipitous. I bump into Bob and Sylvia Scholnick (College of William & Mary) on the train. Attending Bob’s session that night, I catch up with John Miller (Longwood University) whose dissertation director was Bob Scholnick. I stop to say “Hi” to Richard Dellamora outside the […]

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Blogging MLA: Day Two

Council of Editors of Learned Journals Meetings At the conclusion of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) awards ceremony today, outgoing (in both senses of that term) CELJ president, Bonnie Wheeler (editor of Arthuriana), addressed several recurring questions of journal editors in recent years, particularly related to ownership and credentialing. What constitutes a […]

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Blogging MLA: Day One

TheLongView began two years ago this week (thanks to my brother Jim Long‘s birthday gift to me of the domain name and a  Christmas gift later in the year of the Web server and blog design and setup) with my blogging on the Modern Language Association‘s annual meeting in Chicago in 2007. So like salmon […]

Monday, December 21st, 2009

In Media Res: Browsing, Grazing, and Googleizing Scholarly Knowledge

(A paper to be presented at a panel of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, Modern Language Association Annual Convention, 30 December 2009) As a professor of English appointed to a school of nursing and its Center for Nursing Scholarship, I wear several hats. A writing coach and editor, I support faculty members’ writing […]

Saturday, November 28th, 2009


Two front-page articles in a recent edition of the Sunday New York Times (15 November 2009) caught my eye. Robert Pear’s  “In House Record, Many Spoke With One Voice: The Lobbyists” observes that, “In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities. Often, […]

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

H.L. Gates/H.D. Thoreau

As widely reported in the news media, the preeminent scholar of African-American studies, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a public intellectual known to a large American audience for his PBS programs on Africa and on African-American genealogy, was arrested at his home in Cambridge, MA, after he allegedly yelled at police who had come […]

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Broughton Street Bookshop (Edinburgh)

It has been over twenty years since I visited my mother’s ancestral home (her father was a McVey) in Edinburgh, Scotland, but on my next journey there I will visit Broughton Street Bookshop. Proprietor Brian Rafferty opened the shop because he was unsuccessful in securing career employment in information technology for which he has the […]