Archive for May, 2015

The Classroom Instructor

May 7, 2015

Rethinking the classroom in the world of ubiquitous online education. Here’s the problem in a nutshell:

The relatively recent emergence of the Internet, and the ever-increasing ease of access to web, has unmistakably usurped the teacher from the former role as dictator of subject content. These days, teachers are expected to concentrate on the “facilitation” of factual knowledge that is suddenly widely accessible.

Engaging Culture

May 7, 2015

Ed Stetzer with three ways Christians will engage culture. Slightly different than the Andy Crouch postures, but a succinct and helpful matrix.

Defending Difficulty

May 7, 2015

Some things should be hard. I agree. Here’s a snippet:

The arrival of the Internet has proved no panacea. The vast canvas afforded by the Internet has done little to encourage thoughtful and serious criticism. Mostly it has provided a vast Democracy Wall on which any crackpot can post his or her manifesto. Bloggers bloviate and insults abound. Discourse coarsens. Information is abundant, wisdom scarce. It is a striking irony, as Leon Wieseltier has noted, that with the arrival of the Internet, “a medium of communication with no limitations of physical space, everything on it has to be in six hundred words.”

The educational pendulum

May 7, 2015

Are we on another swing from one extreme to another in education? Here’s the observation:

I see Pendulum 2.0 as the swing from teachers drowning in an oversaturated ocean of “cool tools,” to the realization that without sound pedagogical practice, technology will have little to no impact in the classroom.

What an important point!

Five Questions

May 7, 2015

Michael Bird offers five questions for Rachel Held Evans, in part in response to her recent book but also more broadly to her overall stance on several issues. Especially her decision to no longer identify as evangelical, to affiliate with the Episcopal church, and her stance on issues like gay marriage. Interesting perspective from a non-US, conservative perspective.

Grad School

May 7, 2015

From the onion, pros and cons of grad school.

Images of Jesus

May 7, 2015

A compilation of reformation teaching on images of Jesus. Interesting stuff.

Pros and Cons of Grad School

May 3, 2015

Some helpful advice from The Onion.

Letters to the Church in Minneapolis

May 3, 2015

Being a former Minneapolitan, I was intrigued to see these letters written by students of my friend Dennis Edwards. A reminder that culture has interesting implications.

The College Paper

May 3, 2015

Here’s a proposal to get rid of college essays. There is some merit in parts of this, but it also seems to me to be a capitulation to the age. I think in some cases this is a good idea, and in other cases re-thinking what the writing assignments look like is a good option (e.g., things that are less able to be bought and paid for), but in the end being able to write and express yourself is part of what it means to be educated. Nevertheless, this sounds familiar:

I’ve graded drafts and assigned rewrites, and that helps the good students get better, but the bad students, the ones I’m trying to help, just fail to turn in any drafts at all. Meanwhile, I come up for air and realize that with all this extra grading, I’m making 75 cents an hour.