There have been a rash of schemes for “innovation” spreading through Ohio’s public and private colleges and universities. One of the latest is at the University of Akron.
A common theme among the so-called “innovative” plans, Akron’s included, is to restructure, focus on special programs, and to try to eliminate full-time faculty positions.
But these are very corporate approaches inappropriate in the academic context and fail to enhance the academic mission. Unfortunately, UA’s presidents and board of trustees over the years have seemed eager to fall for these “strategic” plans.
What they fail to recognize is that the economic engine […]Full Story... →
Darkow, Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune
For those who are in their fifties and beyond, you might be familiar with this statement from another era, when names like Andropov, Brezhnev and Reagan were in the news:
If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. – A Nation at Risk, 1983
With the continuing implosion of the United States government under the dangerous delusional direction of Donald […]Full Story... →
For the last several days, the headlines and lead stories informed us about federal education budget cuts to the Special Olympics program. Certainly, you’d expect that such a recommendation would ignite a torrent of criticism and outrage from program advocates. Late Thursday, in response to the backlash, Donald Trump announced that, surprise, he has reversed the recommendation to cut the popular program.
But like most things now in the Age of Trump, there was a lot more detail to be found in this grim budget story beyond the Special Olympics imbroglio.
In her testimony before the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee […]Full Story... →
If there is something we won’t soon forget in our turbulent era, it is the image of massive California brushfires enveloping hundreds of square miles of land in the Golden State and everything situated on that bone-dry landscape. The smoke was so severe that people with respiratory problems from areas well removed from the fires suffered from the heavy, smoke-filled air for days afterward.
Those California brushfires should provide a lesson to us every day, and it is quite simple. In a country where political rhetoric and hate speech are at gale force, and correspondingly when our land is […]Full Story... →
Ever since the explosive Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump’s “grab ’em by the p*ssy” remark was revealed a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election, the asterisk has been used in deference to the sensibilities of polite company that might read and be offended by the Fifth Avenue Fraudster’s statement. But Trump never seems charming or polite in any company, and another more recent outrageous utterance by the president-as-asterisk may serve to define him.
When the subject is Donald Trump, there’s usually something way out of the ordinary going on with him. But in the particular […]Full Story... →
When the Emmy Awards are announced next season, some pol watcher pros might predict, an Ohio congressman will certainly win in a category which he seems to dominate.
And the envelope, please…
The Emmy for the Worst Performance in a Continuing Role goes to … Jim Jordan of Urbana, Ohio.
How many different words can you use to describe the behavior of the coatless cur of Congress, that non-urbane, uncivil and unhinged arsonist from Urbana? Yes, the uber-partisan whom former Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan, called “A terrorist. A legislative terrorist.”
Awful perhaps. Disgusting maybe. Reprehensible […]Full Story... →
In light of daily revelations about new scandals engulfing the nation’s capital, we are struggling to digest the full magnitude of the corruption and incompetence of the Trump administration. But while we are absorbed by our present circumstances, it might be helpful to look at another very corrupt era of our national history, a time when the public also dealt with information overload about misdeeds in high places, for some perspective and an idea about where all of this ends.
In this case, the locus of corruption and scandal was not the nation’s capital but New York City, our financial […]Full Story... →
Now that the dust is clearing from the faculty strike at Wright State University in Dayton, let’s to take a look at what happened. A tentative agreement was reached on Feb. 10.
Faculty at WSU went on strike on Jan. 22 and finally settled three weeks later. It was the longest academic strike in Ohio history and apparently the second longest in the country. The faculty union at Wright State is a chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). As the Wright State faculty continually, and correctly repeated, this strike was not about money. It was about quality […]Full Story... →
The University of Akron’s acting President John Green recently revived the school’s report card that has been a troubling story for too long. In his State of the University address, Green, who has a been at the helm since last April , soberly observed that the downtown campus has been an academic center in decline from plunging enrollment, weighty debt and a lack of a sustaining can-do mission that’s hardly encouraging. Given its recent woeful history, it’s doubtful that both its true state of despair and ragged image will be be reversed anytime soon.
Green is a political scientist who […]Full Story... →
“It ain’t over till it’s over,” Lawrence Peter Berra famously told us years ago. And if the topic is Republican behavior in the form of hatred for all things government, including targeting public employees for retribution and engineering government shutdowns, Yogi said it for us.
No, It ain’t over. Not by a long shot.
Welcome to another variant of PTSD – this one called Petulant Trump Shutdown Disaster.
During the 35-day government shutdown, we’ve seen any number of emotional interviews with forlorn furloughed federal employees and contractors. A tearful and frightened cook at the Smithsonian worried about losing his home. […]Full Story... →
I’ve been poking around the post-shutdown comments to get a greater understanding of how the commander-in-chief’s brain-locked base reacted to his retreat from demanding big money for his storied wall. The tense body language of his apologists told me that they are struggling to make sense of their favorite president.
They have been squirming. Making lame excuses. Some even abandoning their faith that he would indeed Make America Great Again on the backs of brown-skinned terrorists. It was ugly and the polls reflected the despair.
The twiggish and loopy Ann Coulter, for example, who […]Full Story... →
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