Author Archives: saschaengel

A Teaching Philosophy Draft

Who and what we are is determined by our environment: social and economic, political and parental. But most importantly, it is shaped and formed by our technologically mediated environment. It is not so important, then, who and what we are, … Continue reading Continue reading

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A shift, not decay

As I am starting to prepare the written part of my Teaching Philosophy – as I think about what I want to be, in a classroom and beyond – I find it hard to reconcile two broad aspects of my … Continue reading Continue reading

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On Student Responsibility

It is certainly an admirable goal to institute policies such that students are motivated to pursue the standards they will inevitably be submitted to – or even to learn by themselves – rather than just to be forced to sit … Continue reading Continue reading

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On Problem-Based Learning

This post is intended to be a critical engagement with a practice. It is not a critique of a specific class setting – though this class setting, for reasons no doubt bigger than those who conduct the class, is designed … Continue reading Continue reading

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Teaching Social Phenomena

I am formally capable of teaching in three different disciplinary realms: Political Theory, Political Economy, and Philosophy (currently, I serve as a Teaching Assistant in the latter department). It seems to me that teaching and research in these areas have … Continue reading Continue reading

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Rigor and Liberation

On first glance, it may sound absurd to reference the question of ‘rigor’ in the context of liberatory educational efforts. Is not ‘rigor,’ especially in positivist and scientist traditions, a means of preserving arbitrary standards and standardizations, excluding less intelligible, … Continue reading Continue reading

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On ‘Diversity’

I suppose I am in a position to say something about ‘diversity.’ The usual protocol of posts like this one requires me to elaborate on the reason why I am, which then usually devolves into an abstract celebration of my … Continue reading Continue reading

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On “Lockhart’s Lament”

This is, by necessity, a brief comment. The piece in question is a short rumination on what happens if everyone is to learn standardized music – sheet music, mind you; not guitar chords or drum patterns or even computer production … Continue reading Continue reading

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Leadership: Creation, Destruction, Creative Destruction, and Destructive Creation

What is “leadership”? What is “leader effectiveness”? What is a “social entrepreneur”? More importantly, by what mode does a “social entrepreneur” operate, and what exactly does “leading” mean here? “Leading” where? “Leading,” why? Are initiative, innovation, leadership (and, for that … Continue reading Continue reading

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On Blogging

The political economy of blogs, as it were, seems to be a double-edged sword. There is an economy of the blog, as it stands or better, as it works; and an economy of blogging. In this post, I will say … Continue reading Continue reading

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