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Why is American education in crisis?

There are many reasons. I’ve come up with three very important ones for this, the last True Community article I’ll write. I’m taking a hiatus from writing weekly articles, and while I’ll continue to blog here on Liquid Ink, I hope to spend more time working on longer form essays that I might submit to other magazines.

Writing True Community was, if short lived, loads of fun, even if the topic of men’s education is often distressing. Thanks to all the people who supported the column and shared my articles on social media.

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I bought beer for my high school students

I admit it. The secret has been with me so long. I must finally reveal the truth. You’ve wondered what kind of person buys teenage boys beer? Look no further. I’m the guy.

Read the shocking truth here.

Photo by Bernt Rostad.

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Alone at graduation

This week’s True Community, my weekly column about men and higher education, is about the students with whom I identify most strongly: they come to graduation alone, and they make it through college with barely any support from an elder.

Graduation is usually pitched as a family celebration. For some, it’s a celebration of nerve and resolve, but still an experience of isolation.

I hope you’ll check it out. And do share.

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Photo by John Walker.


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Shaming men who seek higher education

This week in my column, True Community, I compose a portrait of a young man whose masculinity is pestered by his brother and father. His crime? He wants an education and to become a Spanish teacher.

I hear stories like these from young men very often. My hope is that, after reading my article, you’ll realize just how much courage and determination—even stubborn will—it takes to continue on when your family elders do not merely fail to support you but actively attempt to bring you down, either from jealousy or ignorance, usually from both.

I hope you’ll share it.


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Our sense of entitlement

Liquid Inkers, please don’t miss today’s True Community article, titled Styles of Entitlement. It takes on contemporary students’ incessant demands for concessions. I consider the gender differences I’ve perceived over ten years of community college work.

Thanks for reading. Cheers.


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Boredom is a choice—new article

In my most recent True Community article, I consider a phenomenon I see over and again at the community college. Students come to classes believing it’s the job of the class or the professor to keep them engaged.

I have, in the wake of this trend, begun lecturing students on the nature of boredom. I’ve actually started teaching mindfulness in class, and this semester I made two of my classes meditate. I don’t know if it will have any effect but it’s been keeping me interested. I may very well become a member of the Contemplative Mind in Society. This is coming from someone who belongs to zero academic organizations.

Hope you’ll read and share my article.

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Announcing a new column

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be writing a weekly column for The Good Men Project. It’ll be titled True Community and appear in the Education section. Each Wednesday, I’ll be posting an article about my experiences in the community college where I work. My focus is, obviously, on men’s issues in the field of higher education.

I’m really excited to be back on The Good Men Project after a hiatus of a few months. People new to my blog should know I edited the Marriage section for a year, and I contributed writing across sections.

Here are some greatest hits:

Becoming a Man Who is Ready For Love

Equating Love With Possession

Let’s Stop Blaming Disney

Enjoy the teasers. The first article will run tomorrow. I’ll make announcements here and on all my social media. I hope you’ll “Like” my Facebook page so that you won’t miss any updates.