Monthly Archives: February 2017

Protests Are Effective: Keep It Up

Protests Are Effective: Keep It Up

It was a couple of weeks after Donald Trump's election as president and we were feeling demoralized after a victory for plutocracy and white male privilege. Hate crimes committed in Trump's name were increasing. So on Nov. 27, I published a piece titled: "Friends, Even This Cloud Has a Silver Lining." Despite these defeats, there really is something to be thankful for when we consider all the ways in which the previously apolitical and disillusioned among us have decided to activate. Here we ...

The Power of Creative Writing Techniques in Foundational Writing Courses

The Power of Creative Writing Techniques in Foundational Writing Courses

As an adjunct instructor in a developmental education department, it is easy to get tunnel vision when teaching my students the nuts of bolts of writing, especially when these courses target struggling writers and English language learners. Developmental writing courses are required for students who do not meet the college’s minimum writing requirements upon acceptance, which means students do not personally elect to take them. Those who enroll in these classes often have a less than favorable v ...

Campus Resistance: Rise Up March 1st

Campus Resistance: Rise Up March 1st

The assault on campus values, traditional learning, and professional working conditions in higher education is a widespread problem. Many students are faced with debt until death and teaching is hardly a middle-class profession anymore. This isn’t education—it is exploitation. Recently confirmed Secretary of Education billionaire Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration will not be the leader that American higher education needs. That’s why it’s time to take a stand and make real change in highe ...

Teaching as Activism

Teaching as Activism

I have always viewed teaching in higher education as a form of activism. I personally had a lot of awakenings during my college education and still hold many of my professors in high regard for this. This has never been more important to me than right now during President Donald Trump's regime. With fake news and “alternative facts” appearing in our national lexicon it has never been more important to teach students critical thought. I have always integrated current events into my course and ...

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