How to cover a greater sampling of the years past, how to get students to understand the importance of thinking historically? Teach backwards.
One Foot In
This blog post was reprinted (under a different name) with a longer introduction at Bioethics Forum, so please read it there:
An idea: Get university counsel to reclassify faculty offspring as intellectual property of the university. Then also use the offspring as naming opportunities. The latter has the added benefit of reminding faculty members, each time they call their children’s names, of their duties to the university.
A few days ago I was dismayed to discover that transgender activist Andrea James has been invited to speak at Northwestern University, where I work. Although Ms. James and I appear to be on the same page in terms of believing in the rights of transgender children and adults, her methods are repulsive to me.
Once you get tenure, you’re depressed to learn the job doesn’t actually slow down, and you’re powerless to change the system. And now there’s lots more expectations for promotion to full, and no one thinks it is okay to just live with the associate position.
I think it’s great that schools and parents across the land are trying to make kids feel better about themselves. Who wouldn’t want children to be happy about who they are and what they do? But this trend has run amok.
How to make the West Lafayettes of the world better? Clearly such towns would need funding at the local universities to create arts and humanities graduate programs that would draw the right types, but that would not allow very many of them to graduate.