Alan Jacobs

Posts in category “Education”

Academic Prejudice Against Conservatives, Revisited

Is the academy prejudiced against conservatives? That depends on what you mean by “the academy.”

Posted March 22nd, 2016

Conservatives in the Academy: It Could Be Worse!

Are conditions for conservatives in the academy better than most conservatives believe?

Posted March 19th, 2016

How to Deal with Skeptical Students Without Being a Jerk

The anti-religious professor had a point — but didn’t have to treat his religious students with contempt.

Posted March 11th, 2016

On Arguments Against Religious Education

Clarifying four logically consistent and coherent theses for the opposition

Posted January 20th, 2016

Christian Education and ‘Intellectual Compromise’

Claims that secular institutions are intrinsically academically superior are unsustainable.

Posted December 18th, 2015

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