Sir John Everett Millais’ 1852 painting “Ophelia” might be subtitled “Western Literature’s Woman.” It seems to me that the history of Western Literature has prescribed this role for its women: the drowned suicide of men’s struggles for power and control. Ophelia is the metaphor for a real world of patriarchal desire for control. Ophelia is […]
In another stack of photos, I found some from high school, mostly friends doing their goofy things, but some of teachers that really made an impact on my life. Ralph Goodwin was one of those teachers. Goodwin was a science teacher; I believe he taught computer science in our high-tech classroom full of TRS-80s, but […]
Computer-assisted instruction, applied thoughtlessly and imitatively, threatens to extend the worst features of education as it is now.
Feedback from students is important, but I have not always had much faith in those compulsory evaluations given at the end of each term. I understand that anonymity might help some students evaluate more fairly, since they feel as if there will be no repercussions for trashing someone. When have we become so sensitive? Since […]