Internal Environ Mental Climate Control
Efforts to sustain creative innovation and
address the future of liberal learning in a
context of dramatic change are evident
within all sectors of the higher education
community. We invite you to share your
best efforts to translate educational vision
into concrete practices. (AAC&U Call
Civic Responsibility these days amounts to
installing street lamps where darkness was,
making sure dogs are leased on community
trails, parking monitored in front of the library
(all roads: fire lanes from now on), containment
of second-hand smoke, posting exit maps on
each floor, and lock down procedures in
each class room posted in full view.
Of course: it’s more than that;
these merely address our
Laissez Faire in the Class Room.
When the veil drops and the whelm filters
removed it’s like turning over a rock.
Creepy crawlers I know are there:
now—in full view.
A student who giggle-whispered the whole
semester complains about the girl who-quoted-
difference- between-art-&-science wasting our
No wonder hard balls & mallets trump upside
down flamingo & hedgehog croquet – cover-up
& denial: the price paid for control by any means. .
No doubt I am urging ping-pong in a rugby
environment: this place not calibrated to
consider pedagogy: green talk & sustainability
serving us well, enrollment up & melt-down
procedures improving so who in his Right
Mind would bother questioning assumptions
& worry about different ways to put IT
Years ago I quit trying to wait for regional &
local environmental conditions to fit what I
needed to do in a classroom climate and just
figured: Ice Cream in Hell! I’ll do what makes
sense, polar bear warmings be damned.
Lean in and listen to the corn shoots
(Barbara McClintock); pay attention
to car radio songs, read palms & tea
leaves, dip into the bible & Koran &
I Ching to consider where my finger
falls & what it reveals.
Coyotes behind the wood shed.
Student papers & exams: all
telling details all informing :
news from beyond.
and other partners
are using this moment
to engage the public and
the larger academy with
core questions about
what really matters