Tag Archive | Students

Defending of the Value of Algebra

This post is a little old, but I find it so encouraging that even those who are self-professed Math-phobes are coming to the defense of algebra (and through it mathematical thinking and the value of working to learn). This post was so good I’m going to copy a sizable portion here. The topic is important, […]

Advice on Parenting: Let Your Kids Fail

Thought I’d come back from a somewhat extended paternity leave (more on that at some point) with a post about good and bad parenting. Over at the Huffington Post’s parenthood portal, Mickey Goodman asks if we are raising a generation of kids who are essentially helpless. As a professor here at Messiah College (and even […]

It Is Exam Day Again …

In honor of the Intro Stat exam I gave from 1:00-2:00 or so today:

Do Incentives Motivate?

Dan Pink offers some insights into what science tells us about when incentives work, and when they don’t. Interesting that this talk was given in 2009, but I don’t think I’ve seen marked improvement in the use of incentives since then. Possibly because to admit that incentives don’t work the way we usually think would […]

Messiah College Students Can Think, Really!

A few weeks ago Messiah College hosted Frances Fox Piven on our campus. While I had nothing to do with her appearance, and can’t even tell you definitely who invited her, I’ve certainly heard a lot of reaction to her appearance, including in the comments section of my piece about Dr. Peter Kerry Powers defense […]

Engaging the Other: Frances Fox Piven at Messiah College

Recently, Messiah College invited Frances Fox Piven to talk about her views on democracy. Piven is a liberal thinker, to say the least. She has in the past endorsed civil disobedience, and even violence, as means to achieving political goals. She spoke at Messiah about her opposition to the Electoral College. There was an overflow […]

TMQ Follow-up: Boys, Football, and College

TMQ last week offered some thoughts about boys and college success, and how football may be contributing to the decline. Read my thoughts here. One of the things I love about Easterbrook is his willingness to offer up reader feedback in support or opposition. Here is the feedback he received: Boys, Football and College:┬áLast week […]