My article from Monday 12 September for the Guardian Higher Education Network.

[I try to be very cautious about using the verb ‘revolutionise’ and the noun ‘revolution’ when discussing technology. I did not write the title, but I did write the article. :) ]

Most people fear change—not just conservatives, but also liberals. But what we need now are folks who are willing to take risks, willing to fight for change, willing to create a vision for tomorrow. When we do not support and protect these folks, we stagnate. Innovative thinkers and teachers, like writers and artists, move us forward. When our institutions become hostile toward innovative thinking and new ideas, they—and the people who produce them—don’t disappear. They go elsewhere. The best thoughts are not happening on our campuses, they are happening elsewhere.

Me getting all fire alarm… #loveHE

A post Casey Brienza and I wrote. With much thanks to Mary Churchill and everyone at U of Venus/Insider Higher Ed! 

I don’t know why I keep being attracted to education. After all these years I should know better. Anyway, I guess this would be absolutely awesome if any job prospects for anyone anywhere truly justified the time, effort & expense. I’ll always defend the humanities and the need for education regardless of pragmatic considerations, but sometimes I think these programmes are often partly created as a way of offering established writers a steady income rather than thinking of the students that will go to great lengths to secure a place (and then get their degree), only to find themselves unemployed in the end or struggling to make ends meet freelancing wherever they’ll have them.  In an ideal world, this would be a dream come true.  Nice programme, though.