Bits and Pieces
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Preregistration is the Enemy of Liberal Education, and Other Crimson Op-Eds
The Harvard Crimson yesterday published my op-ed on preregistration (AKA the end of "shopping period"), a matter expected to be vo...
Monday, March 7, 2022
Harvard College moves toward a planned educational economy
A recent meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences was devoted largely to undergraduate education. That is a rarity, and an uninformed re...
Monday, February 14, 2022
In memory of Fred Abernathy
My colleague and friend Fred Abernathy passed away a few days ago, at the age of 91. A fine obituary is here . Fred was my mentor and collab...
Monday, December 20, 2021
Parents and preregistration
A few years ago, the computer science faculty took it upon themselves to increase the number of first-year advisors in their ranks. They h...
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Harvard loses a piece of its soul—and then another
For the past 20 years or so, Harvard has been trying to rid itself, bit by bit, of its distinctiveness. At the same time as it touts its num...
Monday, August 30, 2021
Blown to Bits -- Second Edition now available for free download!
Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion is now available in its second edition! This is the book abo...
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Learning as Service
This is the text of an address I gave (by Zoom) to a symposium on Service Learning organized by the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. At...
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