Sand in the Gears

The professor in the home

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 48 Comments »

Every month, money flies from my checking account to the education savings accounts of my children, because I don't want them to become hobos. This is one way I allay my fear the world will eat them up. It's a ...

The scandal of the evangelical intellectual’s mind

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 Posted in Curmudgeonry, Theology | 1 Comment »

A reasonable response to the accusation that the evangelical mind is insufficiently expansive is to ask to what dimensions its critics would like to see it expanded. That question springs to the lips when considering Biblical scholar Peter Enns's contention ...

Stream of conscience

Friday, July 6th, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 3 Comments »

Whenever I have a lot to do, and I finally muster the resolve to do it, I'll say "time to get down to it." This always reminds me of that Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song, which makes me think ...

On the vice of chimps with shotguns

Friday, February 10th, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 5 Comments »

"Voting is a universal right." This wisdom from Victor Sanchez, president of the United States Student Association, explaining his efforts to get more college students to vote. Mr. Sanchez is himself a recent college graduate, and a fine illustration of ...

On the Virtue of Hemlock

Sunday, February 5th, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | Comments Off on On the Virtue of Hemlock

In his recent Boston Review essay, philosophy professor Carlos Fraenkel manages the neat trick of advocating a sensible position -- that high-school students should be taught philosophy -- so ineptly that he ends up proving the opposite, namely, that while ...

Suffer in silence, please

Friday, September 3rd, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 2 Comments »

It just never gets old, the article by an academic detailing all the work that academics have to do. Rob Faunce offers the latest installment: We have to plan for our courses weeks in advance. We have papers to grade. ...

Smart is knowing what you don’t know

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 Posted in Business Reviews | Comments Off on Smart is knowing what you don’t know

Call me crazy, but maybe it's a good thing that the University of Iowa -- and by extension, a great many schools in financially troubled times -- has to decide not to have an Asian studies program, among other marginal ...

Gioia on Cultural Decline

Thursday, August 9th, 2007 Posted in The Artful Life | 6 Comments »

Since literature seems to be the theme this week, check out Dana Gioia's speech delivered at Stanford's commencement exercises. Some highlights: "There is an experiment I'd love to conduct. I'd like to survey a cross-section of Americans and ask them how ...