New Years Resolution for Teachers

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Few teachers probably think of ourselves as punishing our students, let alone using writing to do so. But we do. I stumbled onto this through something my high school-aged daughter told me. Her choir director announced to her class that they would have to write a ten-page research paper if they missed the Winter Concert. The teacher was implying that he was going to punish missing students by making them write and research. I asked…

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Paris, Humanity

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My children were cranky when I dropped them off for school today: still sleepy, bickering in the back seat over who won a contest about who could avoid speaking longest. I was cranky too. When they got out of the car, we reminded each other that we love each other. I make sure of that every morning. I remember Sandy Hook, and decided back then, that every day, no matter who was cranky and who…

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Review – Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power

The Springfield Art Museum is hosting the penultimate stop of an important traveling exhibit “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power.” It is rare for Springfield to host a significant exhibit by a major African American artist, so it is well worth the trip to the museum for the show. While Walker’s art is largely concerned with historical subject matter, this does not mean it lacks relevance to contemporary racial controversies. Walker’s art…

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Series: “The Importance of the Humanities” Post #2: Why History Matters

I’m reminded today of a post that appeared in Inside Higher Ed in November of 2012. This post, titled “Why History Matters,” written by Professor Amy Lewis (at the time a colleague of ours at Drury University) is as poignant today as it was then. It appears below in its entirety.   Why History Matters It’s advising season on my campus. My management students will want guidance selecting their spring classes. Their major classes are…

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