Author Archives: Doug Bennett

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).

Meanings: “Sarcasm”

August 12, 2016 “They don’t  get sarcasm?” Donald Trump tweeted this morning about his earlier remark that President Obama was the founder of ISIS. Sarcasm may be a species of humor, but it is a biting kind of humor and often … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Gist”

April 14, 2016 On River View Friend I recently posted something I titled The Gist of Quakerism.  The word “gist” came quickly to mind as the word I wanted to comment on Chuck Fager’s two paragraph summary of Quakerism, but … Continue reading

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Ice Cream and Education

April 8, 2016 The good folks at the Economist have come up with a suggestion about how to boost scores of American students on standardized tests: eat more ice cream.  They notice this pattern in scores on the international PISA … Continue reading

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Where Is Academic Freedom Most Secure

April 7, 2016 I was stunned recently when I read that Sara Goldrick-Rab, a “prominent researcher on low-income students and public policy,” would be leaving one university to accept an appointment at another university out of concerns for academic freedom. … Continue reading

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Annals of Leadership: Jose Mourinho

December 18, 2015 “I feel my work was betrayed,” he said. “Last season I did an amazing job and I brought players to a level that is not their level.”  That’s what Jose Mourinho, Manager of the English Premier League … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom Overreach

November 6, 2015 In an other wise interesting and thoughtful article I read recently, I came upon the following passage: In general, [universities] don’t like their professors to criticize their policies and actions, without airing their disagreements with the administration … Continue reading

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Meanings: Character

September 1, 2015 On River View Friend, I’ve added a post about the meaning of the word “character.”

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