David Clemens

Professor of English, Monterey Peninsula College

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MOOC

Apr 30, 2014 by David Clemens |

The MOOC provides a platform for education about Western Civilization.

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A Profession at Risk: Teaching Humans in the New Millennium

Jun 28, 2013 by David Clemens |

David Clemens reviews a new collection of essays and asks, "What is real education, and why does it need defending?"

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How the Internet Ruined the Teaching of Literature

Oct 22, 2012 by David Clemens |

Professor Clemens gives up his Literature class because students no longer relate to a non-Internet medium.

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What STEM Can’t Do

Sep 22, 2012 by David Clemens |

A story of pets and furry friends exemplifies how a science and math core overlooks a large portion of the human experience.

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Mumford and Sons: God, Literature, and Rock and Roll

Sep 10, 2012 by David Clemens |

A deeper look at the lyrics of popular band Mumford and Sons reveals influences of Steinbeck and explorations of the 21st century male experience and his spiritual yearnings.

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Elvis vs. Julia: A Lesson from the Liberal Arts

Jul 17, 2012 by David Clemens |

We would desire a free life all the more if we really grasped what the liberal arts has to teach.

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“Accelerated Learning”: Bullet Train to Success or Oxymoron?

Jun 27, 2012 by David Clemens |

Why are colleges so deeply invested in doing what is clearly not college?

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Higher Education and the Perfect Data Storm

May 09, 2012 by David Clemens |

To understand what's really going on at our colleges and universities, we need to look beyond data, writes David Clemens.

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The Vocabulary of Virtue

Feb 21, 2012 by David Clemens |

You can’t end racism by practicing racism, even when you pretend it is virtuous.

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California Dreamin’

Feb 14, 2012 by David Clemens |

David Clemens laments the latest announcement from California's commnuity college system.

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Colleges’ Lost Love of Film

Sep 26, 2011 by David Clemens |

Colleges and universities shortchange students by "academicizing" film rather than appreciating the way it illuminates our humanness.

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Disrupting the Textbook Machine

Sep 02, 2011 by David Clemens |

The higher education bubble was inflated by various pumps and gases:  expensive but useless degrees, an ideological straitjacket, grade inflation, administrative bloat, and proliferating programs, centers, and offices of enigmatic,… Continue Reading | 10 Comments >

Higher Ed, or Building Clockwork Oranges?

Jul 08, 2011 by David Clemens |

For Father’s Day, my daughter Kate sent me a t-shirt featuring David Pelham’s dust jacket of Anthony Burgess’s novel A Clockwork Orange (Penguin, 1962).  Director Stanley Kubrick turned Burgess’s… Continue Reading | 3 Comments >

The Real Purpose of Education

Jul 06, 2011 by David Clemens |

Good teaching should result “in a lighting of those lamps in the mind and in the heart that shall eventually show the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

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The Dangerous Mr. Khan

Jun 07, 2011 by David Clemens |

Khan Academy's video lectures may work for teaching math and science, but history gets short-changed in favor of quick information transfer and a too-zoomed-out big picture view.

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