Category Archives: teaching

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Crabby wonders about form and substance… The more I think about college access and success for underserved students, the more I find myself reading and thinking about primary and secondary education as well. Too often, I’ve found, even students at … Continue reading

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Outsourcing Ourselves

Crabby wonders what’s left for us to do ourselves… A recent article in the New York Times suggests that teaching handwriting may be losing ground to teaching typing in elementary school, the better to ensure that young people become chained to … Continue reading

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Achievement and Standardized Testing

Back in 2001, Richard Atkinson, then president of the University of California system, sent shock waves through the testing community by suggesting that he would recommend dropping the SAT I in favor of the SAT II. The SAT II, unlike … Continue reading

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Fishing in Deeper Waters

“See you now;                                                                           … Continue reading

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Putting the Heart Before the Course

Several high school seniors from first generation-college, low income families were sitting together with The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, one of my favorite novels and one I’ve taught several times. Caught in a loveless marriage in New Orleans in the … Continue reading

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The Uncounted Pleasures of College

Crabby speaks out against cost-benefit analysis… Last week Crabby attended a presentation entitled “Is College Worth It?” Of course Crabby already believed the answer was “yes,” but given the economy and the lower economic rungs most of his students now … Continue reading

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High Hopes, Major Disappointment

Higher Education? by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus doesn’t offer any new insights into the state of colleges or college admission. Continue reading

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