Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Re: Professors We Need You!

Some blog followers might be interested in a discussion-list “Re: Professors We Need You!” [Hake (2014)]. The abstract reads:

The LrnAsst List’s Norman Stahl at and Nick Voge at have called attention to Nicholas Kristof’s NYT Opinion piece "Professors, We Need You!" at

In a subsequent blog entry “Bridging the Moat Around Universities”, Kristof:

(a) wrote: “[Professors, We Need You! was] about the unfortunate way America has marginalized university professors – and, perhaps sadder still, the way they have marginalized themselves from public debate”;

(b) posted 313 comments (as of 19 Feb 2014 09:04-0800) on his opinion piece, about equally divided between approval and disapproval.

One of more substantive comments is by Aaron Barlow, faculty editor of the AAUP magazine Academe who pointed to “Public Intellectuals and the AAUP” (Schrecker at, and “The Case for Academics as Public Intellectuals” (Behm, Rankins-Robertson, & Roen (BRR) at (BRR + commentors on BRR + myself) list about 40 academicians who have “bridged the moat around universities.”

But the fact that at least 40 [out of a total of over a million higher-education faculty] have “bridged the moat” does not negate Kristof’s general claim that “[professors] have marginalized themselves.”

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University; Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands; President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII); LINKS TO: Academia; Articles; Blog; Facebook; GooglePlus; Google Scholar; Linked In; Research Gate; Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs; Twitter

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Hake, R.R. 2014. “Re: Professors We Need You!” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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