You May Now Move the Tassel

A university graduation ceremony is a choreographed performance. Each time we bring the ritual to life, the underlying text is refined even more. The scripts are tightened yet again and the procedures and moves and cues updated in an endless exercise in Platonism, forever trying to match the ideal, abstract commencement that exists on some…

Spring Game, 2018

A spring football game is kind of like school itself; it’s real, but it isn’t. We all show up at the stadium. The players put on all the gear. The announcers and the officials and even the band and cheerleaders show up and do the usual routines. The parking lot is crowded with grills and…

I Spend a Lot of Time with Teachers

I spend a lot of time with teachers—elementary school teachers, secondary school teachers, teachers of undergraduates, and graduate school professors. Teachers are good people, and they all have certain things in common, from the kindergarten teacher to the dissertation director. One quirky-but-endearing quality teachers share is complaining about the declining quality of students. I think…