Tag: Higher education

  • a discussion with susan blum on ungrading

    by Kevin Currie-Knight ____ In this conversation, I talk with higher education anthropologist Susan Blum (Notre Dame) about her work on how students experience higher education. We also talk about an essay collection she recently edited called Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What To Do Instead (West Virginia University Press: 2020). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff_mp1YbvnQ&t=3151s&ab_channel=ElectricAgora 0:58​ […]

  • More Thoughts on Knowledge and Higher Education

    by Mark English Last month I wrote a short piece on what I see as a rapidly developing crisis in the education sector and beyond. Open-ended and exploratory, my observations were part of an ongoing attempt to articulate and defend a basically knowledge-centred view of learning and culture. I referred briefly to the arts, but […]

  • Is it Time for the Humanities to Strike?

    by Nathan Eckstrand The “climate kids” strike is inspiring. At an age when students are traditionally focused on studies, relationships, and hobbies, these teenagers are advocating for a solution to perhaps our most intransigent problem. Their words are equally encouraging. 16-year old Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg describes the situation by saying, “There is a […]

  • Two Inches off the Ground

    by Mark English Sorting through some old papers, I came across a letter from John Spencer Hill who taught a Master’s course on Romanticism that I took. The letter had been written not long after his return to Canada to take up a position at the University of Ottawa. He would have been in his […]