Alan Jacobs

Posts in category “Education”

Compassion and the Humanities

The search for common, human wisdom should reconcile, not reinforce, identity divides.

Posted November 30th, 2015

Fear, Safety, and Education

What kind of teacher cares so little for students as to refuse to challenge them?

Posted November 12th, 2015

The Librarian

This little piece in the LRB by Inigo Thomas suggests that the …

Posted July 22nd, 2013

T. S. Eliot on Modern Education

Submitted for your consideration. The Charles William Eliot mentioned here was the …

Posted July 18th, 2013

Lee Siegel, For and Against the Humanities

Even though it’s trying too hard to be counter-intuitive, I really like …

Posted July 16th, 2013

Do As the Technologists Say, Not As They Do

In a recent essay on the MOOC phenomenon and its alternatives, Scott …

Posted July 13th, 2013

Change That Doesn’t Last

Yesterday morning I heard a story on NPR’s Morning Edition about attempts …

Posted July 3rd, 2013

The Humanities — Again??

Yes, again. In yet another essay on the decline of the humanities, …

Posted June 24th, 2013

The QI-fication of Knowledge

In the course of reviewing a popular-science book by Frank Swain called …

Posted June 14th, 2013

Education, Technology, Passivity

Consider this a placeholder post for some thoughts that need developing. The …

Posted June 6th, 2013

Once More on the Future of Reading

We have no shortage of predictions about “the future of reading,” as …

Posted May 27th, 2013

Once More Around the MOOC

Would Nabokov have taught online?

Posted May 13th, 2013

Adventures in Administrative Disinformation

From Florida: Florida Polytechnic University’s re-envisioning of a public research institution is …

Posted May 9th, 2013

Colleges and Their Priorities

Jeffrey Selingo, who has written a book about American colleges and universities, …

Posted May 8th, 2013

Quotation and Commentary

“Duke Faculty Say No”: Duke University faculty members, frustrated with their administration …

Posted May 3rd, 2013

A Word of Exhortation Prompted By Yesterday’s Twitter Feed

So I kept reading things on Twitter today about what people (especially …

Posted April 30th, 2013

Bilingual Babies

Here’s an interesting little story about bilingual babies: Researchers have recently discovered …

Posted February 20th, 2013