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Sociology Paradox: Winning is Losing

Oh we kid the MOOCs around here, what with their non-research based, pedagogically unsound, sociologically ignorant form and function. But, Udacity’s tacit acknowledgement today that credentials have to be descriptive … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Nasty Piece of Cornbread: Chait, Coates, and White Progressivism

I once set out to write a book of southern aphorisms. It was going to be a serious treatment of (mostly) black (uniquely) southern “mother wit” as philosophy. Then, grad … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 30 Comments

How To Make A Pundit

Why would anyone want to make a pundit? *rim shot* With that out of the way, I have thought about this a great deal. So, apparently, have others. Today Jamelle … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Trigger Warned Syllabus

Apparently universities are issuing guidelines to help professors consider adding “trigger warnings” to syllabi for “racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and other issues of privilege and oppression,” and to … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 19 Comments

The Article That Shut Me Up: Making Strange the Familiarity of White Violence

That’s harder than it sounds. I’d tell you not to comment but I’ll be so busy having a conversation in my mind that it won’t matter if you do. This … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

I Was Born For This: Breaking My Silence on Black Colleges

I have a few writing rules. I do not write when I am angry and I do not write about HBCUs. The former may go without saying the but the … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 7 Comments

Rationalization of Higher Education: Working Draft

I have talked a hole in the ozone about the theoretical approaches to privatization, higher education, and inequality. Gaye Tuchman and I took up some preliminary work on a synthesized … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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