Good academic writing – what’s your list?

Good academic writing – what’s your list?

I asked people in one of my Australian writing workshops to tell me what they thought was essential in good academic writing. The purpose of the activity was to generate criteria that participants could use to steer their own writing. The list was not meant to be an evaluative rubric, something that could be used […] … learn more→

There is still confusion about what constitutes sexual violence

There is still confusion about what constitutes sexual violence

A lack of confidence in being taken seriously and making complaints in open plan offices are just some of the barriers stopping students reporting sexual harassment on university campuses. Over the past year, I’ve led a team of students and academics asking why it’s so hard to talk about sexual violence and what might be […] … learn more→

How ‘neuroparenting’ is sapping the joy out of family life

How ‘neuroparenting’ is sapping the joy out of family life

The concept of “neuroparenting” is making great waves among parents at the moment, with claims that neuroscience and new knowledge about brain development can help us to know “once and for all” how children ought to be raised. The idea of neuroparenting is that mums and dads need to be trained to love and care […] … learn more→

Defamed Penn State whistleblower gets $7m

Defamed Penn State whistleblower gets $7m

I know, the Penn State pedophilia scandal is old news…but the whole story has yet to be told, as our court system moves slowly, sometimes even justifiably slowly. Key aspects of the story have changed, as well, but most folks don’t know that. Everyone heard that Penn State did receive some heavy penalties for spending […] … learn more→

5 back-to-school appliances you'll need for your dorm

5 back-to-school appliances you’ll need for your dorm

Being a college student is not easy. Especially when you are living in a dorm. It becomes more difficult for the freshmen. Living independently probably for the first time, without anyone to depend on! When you are making a list of back-to-school things to take with yourself, remember to furnish yourself with some essential appliances. […] … learn more→

Three ways Facebook could reduce fake news without resorting to censorship

Three ways Facebook could reduce fake news without resorting to censorship

The public gets a lot of its news and information from Facebook. Some of it is fake. That presents a problem for the site’s users, and for the company itself. Facebook cofounder and chairman Mark Zuckerberg said the company will find ways to address the problem, though he didn’t acknowledge its severity. And without apparent […] … learn more→

Project Veritas: Campuses shred constitution

Project Veritas: Campuses shred constitution

Project Veritas was in a the news a few weeks back, with video showing the Clinton campaign was behind the violence at Trump rallies, sending instigators to incite attacks. Strangely, the video was discounted by the mainstream media (MSM) because it was edited—the strange part being that edited video of Trump saying mean things over […] … learn more→

Universities’ lack of fight over casualisation is an embarrassment

Universities’ lack of fight over casualisation is an embarrassment

The recent Guardian coverage of insecure contracts in universities (that followed Times Higher Education’s article on the same topic earlier this year) put the UK higher education sector’s exploitative employment model firmly in the public eye. Many people would have been shocked at University and College Union’s research on the number of people on an insecure […] … learn more→

What cyber charter schools are and why their growth should worry us

What cyber charter schools are and why their growth should worry us

What President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican sweep of government will mean for K-12 education priorities over the next four years is not entirely clear yet. However, policy statements and administration selections so far indicate “school choice” will top the agenda. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for education secretary, has been known to be an advocate […] … learn more→

Ask not how but why – musings on ‘the interview’

Ask not how but why – musings on ‘the interview’

I was reading some interview transcripts the other day. They were fairly unstructured conversations; the interviewer had some set topics to cover, but not necessarily any set wording. I happened to be looking for the connections between the type of question asked and the response. I saw that the longest answers, and the ones with […] … learn more→