Can We be Grown-Ups Yet?

Can We be Grown-Ups Yet?

Education seems to be in a bad way: Government says standardized testing isn’t going away, while educators say that “teaching to the tests” discourages creativity…

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A Defense of Criticism; or, “If You Liked it Then You Shoulda Put a Leash on it”

A Defense of Criticism; or, “If You Liked it Then You Shoulda Put a Leash on it”

At TrainBust and in general, we spend a lot of time thinking and writing critically about culture. For this, we receive a good deal of criticism…

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Local Dad Confronted with Vastness of Modern Culture, Recoils in Fear

Local Dad Confronted with Vastness of Modern Culture, Recoils in Fear

So, this happened: It’s not a big deal, really, but there’s actually enough videos like this that I feel we need to have a talk….

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Chicago Slutwalk: Marching Against Shame, Control, and Sexual Assault

Chicago Slutwalk: Marching Against Shame, Control, and Sexual Assault

Some women at Chicago’s slutwalk seemed ostentatiously self-possessed. I saw them unashamed of living in their bodies, and unaware of the beauty it gifted them….

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Educating Educators

Educating Educators

Imagine a room of about thirty students. At the front the instructor drones on about a topic only tangentially related to the listeners’ everyday lives….

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Who Run the World? Girl-powerment and Sexual Politics

Who Run the World? Girl-powerment and Sexual Politics

Beyoncé’s video for “Run the World (Girls)” borrows heavily from the aesthetics of the protests and revolutions in the Middle East, particularly Egypt. Nineteen Percent…

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Mass Murder or Interactive Literature?

Mass Murder or Interactive Literature?

I see a future unit plan on Alienation and Disillusionment in American Literature. The assigned texts: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye,…

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Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction

There is a definite connection between art and material base, between art and the totality of the relations of production. With the change in production…

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Just Right of Scripture

Just Right of Scripture

Depending on who you ask, America is either a devoutly Christian nation or a nation that’s been taken over by devout Christians. “Devout” defines this…

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When Space Monsters Try to Eat Your Future, You Don’t Let Them

When Space Monsters Try to Eat Your Future, You Don’t Let Them

I attended an education reformers love-in two weeks ago, a lengthy series of back patting and discussion about what they think reform should be while…

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