Here’s a link my morning hastac.org blog, in our Futures Initiative group: “If Academe is Part of the Problem, What’s Our Solution?” http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2015/02/24/if-academe-part-problem-inequality-and-oligarchy-what-solution-futur This begins with a new study that shows how higher education exacerbates the inequality that, as academics, we are so good at pointing out in society at large. Then it says “let’s look inward.” It ends with three–now up to five– things we as academics can do.
I just finished teaching a literacy course, called “Intensive Reading.” I think of this class like an intensive yoga workshop that focuses on building our practices slowly but effectively. The students in this course have been placed in my class because they have not met CUNY’s reading and writing proficiency exams—the City’s entrance and also summative assessments. On the first day of class, after we go over the syllabus, a