Lost Chance to Promote “One University” during the Superbowl

The UMaine System had a golden opportunity to promote around the world its pioneering and widely applauded “One University” reconfiguration during the Superbowl. Might have generated lots more applications. If, to be sure, the System is getting considerably more applicants, many of those students are in fact dropping out in their first year. True, the […]

Does Senator Collins care about Education Secretary DeVos’ love of for-profit schools?

The Attorneys General of Massachusetts, Illinois, and  New York  have filed a third  lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education. According to the lawsuit, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has failed to assist the tens of thousands of victims of for-profit colleges. Specifically, the agency has allegedly violated federal laws with its endless delays in […]

Is Senator Collins still our “Perfect Senator, as Sen. Angus King has called her?

Many admirers of Sen. Susan Collins were surprised and dismayed by her vote early Saturday morning to pass the much revised Senate tax return bill, with its devastating cuts to ObamaCare and its burdensome taxation of graduate student stipends throughout American higher education–among other controversial components. I was not surprised. I have never been persuaded […]

Questions for the UMaine Presidential Search Committee

As the search gets underway for a “permanent” UMaine President to succeed the highly respected  and much liked “interim” President Sue Hunter, questions should be addressed from the start. Should the finalists be Mainers by birth  or least have spent considerable time in Maine? Would being “from away” necessarily be a liability? Should the finalists […]

Governor LePage’s contempt for classroom teachers is in the American tradition

By now it is hardly surprising that Governor LePage has contempt for nearly all educators outside of vocational schools and vocational departments within comprehensive schools. His recent comments that classroom teachers are a dime “a dozen” and waste their time and that of their students in using books is, alas, as American as apple pie. […]

The Blind Faith & Obedience of State Rep. Ken Fredette reaffirmed

Education: Future Imperfect Contemporary perspectives on education Could Rep. Ken Fredette Have Saved Richard Nixon’s Presidency? An updated version of my May 15, 2015, blog regarding Maine House Minority Leader Ken Fredette as a cowardly blind follower of Gov. LePage and a complete opposite of courageous Maine Republicans Margaret Chase Smith and William Cohen. Like […]