Obstacles, Not Excuses

From the time that he was very young, we've known that our son had some challenges related to social anxiety and OCD. He gave me permission to write about this, but in the interest of protecting his privacy, I'll just say that things like school and social interactions have been more challenging for him than … Continue reading Obstacles, Not Excuses

why is college so expensive?

College is expensive, and student loans are the worst. I know these are controversial positions, but I like to live on the edge. In 2001, I got married and my wife and I got our first post-college jobs. I made around $18,000 a year (part-time). She made slightly more as a nurse.  We also had … Continue reading why is college so expensive?

free love

“We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters I saw the above quote recently on Twitter along with the hashtag #academia." To … Continue reading free love

why do institutions exist?

What is the purpose of an institution? What is the purpose of a college, of a church, of a business, of a government, of a family, of a community organization? Why do institutions exist? Transformative Model Like most things, it depends on who you ask. Some would say that institutions exist to affect or preserve the … Continue reading why do institutions exist?