After Class: Education & Democracy

“After Class” is a blog about education and democracy. It moves on from my previous “Article of the Week” blog which I wrote for 10 years as the director of Oberlin College’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE). The title reflects a variety of realities:  A tremendous amount of learning happens directly after a class ends, as the teacher (and, with luck, the learner) consider what just happened; having retired from teaching and from directing Oberlin’s teaching and learning center, my life is now all located in an “After Class” space, and my writing is now unconstrained by institutional obligations (not that they necessarily held me back in the past). And, finally, the title suggests a more intersectional approach to considerations about education and democracy, informed as it is not only by critical theory, but by #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo.