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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.

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?"

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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?

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.

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.

California Dreamin’

Feb 14, 2012 by David Clemens |

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

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.

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,…

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…

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.”

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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