Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

By Tom Robotham   Last month The Post and Courier, a newspaper in Charleston, SC, ran a story about a professor at the College of Charleston who was suspended because his syllabus was “gravely deficient.” The story caught my attention because the dispute, to my mind,...
Us and Them

Us and Them

  There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman. ~ Margaret Fuller, Woman in the 19th Century.   Some years ago, while delivering a lecture on the women’s movement to one of my classes at Old Dominion University, I paused to ask my students...
In Defense of Idealism

In Defense of Idealism

By Tom Robotham   On January 22, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman published a column titled “How Change Happens.” In essence, he argued that Bernie Sanders and his supporters are naïvely idealistic. “While idealism is fine and essential,” he wrote, “it’s not...
From Dissonance to Resolution

From Dissonance to Resolution

By Tom Robotham   Well, here we are at the beginning of a New Year. Have you made any resolutions? I know a lot of people who dismiss the ritual—and why not? Resolutions tend to be short-lived. You promise yourself that you’ll exercise more, but by mid-February that...