I have taught thousands of college students. I have never looked a parent in the eye and told them "I will watch out for their child." Am I off base or are elites different than the rest of us? insidehighered.com/blogs/just-vis…
The time I have spent thinking about a student's parents in relation to the student's work in my college course is less than negligible, pretty much zero. Parents have no productive role in that dynamic, IMO.
I very much try to practice an ethic of care when it comes to working with students, but that's a compact between me and the students, not me pledging anything to their parents. That shit's just weird.
H/T to @deandad for flagging the very odd framing from many people's favorite COVID oracle in his post pointing out that by any definition college students shouldn't be viewed as someone else's children. insidehighered.com/blogs/confessi…
The other discordant note from elite higher ed was an email from Heterodox Academy telling me that the thing missing from the academy is "fun" and that they're going to try to put the fun back. Just not sure lack of fun is on the pulse of what many of us outside elites experience

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13 Jan
A couple of days ago I did a thread on the difference between "debaters" and "illuminators" in public writing, using @tressiemcphd as an example of an illuminator. Today I have an object example of a debater.👇🧵 Image
As I tried to show in the earlier thread, an illuminator is interested in shining a light on a phenomenon in order to increase the sum total of our collective understanding of that phenomenon.
A debater wants to "win" an argument, winning being gauged by moving people toward your position, or receiving approval or what have you. Winning may require obscuring as much or more than illuminating.
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11 Jan
Holy smokes is @tressiemcphd good. The way this weaves together multiple strands of culture to illuminate the world we're living in is just a master class of writing as thinking. nytimes.com/2022/01/10/opi…
It's so interesting to contrast piece linked above with the writing of some of the prominent Substack politics and policy heroes. @tressiemcphd is fundamentally an "illuminator" someone who shines light on a phenomenon in an attempt to understand it better. In contrast...
...we have folks I won't name who act as "debators" are trying to win an argument, often by placing the topic on ground most favorable to them. They must often obscure, rather than illuminate because full illumination would show more complexity & undermine their argument.
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27 Dec 21
Whenever I see these sorts of tweets, first, I want to know what we're talking about with the word "rigor." Is it the rigor of passing an exam after delivering sandwiches for Jimmy John's until 3am? Because that's the kind of challenge students I'm familiar with face.
This debate about the utility of the SAT/ACT for admissions decisions is tedious because it's the same debate over and over, a debate which misses the fact that the vast majority of students attend schools where their test score is largely irrelevant to the admission decision.
But because we put so much weight on selectivity as a metric for "quality" the most selective schools get the vast majority of resources and attention. They are not representative. CUNY is a far more important driver of economic opportunity than the Ivy League.
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1 Dec 21
Always psyched when a debate about the 5PE breaks out on here because it's an opportunity to air out the folklore around writing instruction and hopefully move towards a deeper understanding of the kinds of things students must experience to learn to think and write well.
As I say in my book on why we need to kill the 5PE, the problems are largely structural. There's good reasons to teach the 5PE. THAT's the problem. We need to eliminate the incentives for teaching the 5PE so students can engage with writing as it actually works.
There is a bonkers sale @JHUPress right now, including Why They Can't Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necsessities. Take advantage! jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/why-they…
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1 Dec 21
Students don’t learn organization from doing five paragraph essays. It’s a myth. I promise you didn’t learn organization from doing 5PEs. I’d be happy to send you a copy of my book for free. jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/why-they…
There’s a far better way to help students to learn to think critically and write well. It’s all laid out as a curriculum in this book. amazon.com/Writers-Practi…
Here’s testimony from students who are using the writer’s practice. plthomasedd.medium.com/fyw-students-r…
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8 Nov 21
Ahhhh..ha...ha...ha...ha... the backpedaling begins.
Gordon Gee knows a thing or two about fundraising, and that's what that announcement for the IDWU was about. If he doesn't want to be subjected to this problem over and over again, he best back away completely.
It's actually interesting to consider who is not part of the IDWU announcement launch. Heying, but no Weinsteins? Where's Yascha Mounk? TCW? How did they decide on the invite list?
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