Reading and interpreting poetry offers a unique way to cultivate ethical knowledge and therefore bears on collective, and not just individual, life.
Why read long books? Well, if you have to ask…
Ignorance is ugly, particularly in prison. It’s loud and obnoxious and violent. It tumbles into my cell right now as I write this. But for some, education can quell that.
With our colleagues, and with our students, we have the space not only to express disagreement in more than tweets and sound bites, but also to probe the reasons underlying our disagreement.
Why should we expect that the inner self waiting to be born corresponds to some paid job or profession?
“Normal” intimate relationships for teenagers have shifted toward a more explicit instrumentalism.
Have teenage friendships become more instrumental?
The greater the gap students must overcome, the less likely their expressed expectations are likely to be fulfilled.
Tests lower student morale and make them more cynical about the educational process.
Thoreau’s ethic of self-governance was a starting point for reconstituting a freshly awakened culture on a moral foundation that refused to accept the sort of compromises—including the Missouri Compromise—that confirmed the moral impotence he so loathed.
New digital technologies are creating new forms of social invisibility and changing the nature of postmodern culture.
Empirical verifiability is great when you can get it. But the worry here is what might happen to our self-understanding as human beings if we become willing to trade in an understanding of a rich and meaning-laden feature of our nature for, well, something we can share with a rat.