Speaking as one. Or silencing the many?

As a former international school music teacher, I always enjoyed teaching music terms to diverse groups of students. ‘Unison’ was one of those terms. We would find other words which began with the prefix ‘uni-‘ to understand singing in unison. Universe, united, university all came to mind; one place, one mission, one school. When we…

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Who benefits from ‘coding for all’?

As a former music teacher and arts advocate, No Child Left Behind and the accompanying push for ‘back to basics’ education in the early 2000s felt like a direct attack on music education in US public schools. Recently, ‘STEM education’, ‘coding for all’ and ’21st century skills’ are being popularized as a way to expand…

Are you a Hawk or a Cyclone?

Competition between universities is not a new thing. In my home state, the bitter rivals are The University of Iowa and Iowa State University. For anyone who wasn’t raised in this particular corner of the world, you may have no idea that this rivalry is anything worth considering or taking a side on. In fact,…