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Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan is a retired professor, living at the edge of Boston and of sanity. He was once a high school English teacher, but found the work too hard and became a professor of education. That worked out okay for him. Having tricked a ravishing farm girl-turned-English-teacher into marriage, she mothered his children and does most of his writing for him. Early in his so-called career he read that teachers are drawn to teach subjects that have presented personal stumbling blocks. Therefore, he focused his career on the art of teaching and character formation. He is still working away at both. The farm girl and Kevin have nine very superior grandchildren. And she is still ravishing.

Unsolicited advice for young job seekers
29 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: employment, graduates
Of course it is “no problem”. You are getting paid to do it!

Dark secrets of a world of perfection
13 Aug 2014 | POPCORN |  
tags: disability, dystopia, euthanasia, films
This adaptation of the dystopian novel The Giver is a perceptive critique of inhumane aspects of our own age.

Who is running higher education?
23 May 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: higher education
The silly season of graduation ceremonies is a touchstone of the state of higher education in the US.

Sex, schools and social suicide
22 Jan 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: schools, sex education, sexualisation of children
If students attend schools which are run as sexual playgrounds, is it any wonder if they fail to learn?

Should schools teach about religions?
29 Sep 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: philosophy, public schools system, religious education
It's an idea that looks good on paper but can in fact lead to dangerous madness.

Set our teachers free
8 Mar 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: education reform, Florida, Jeb Bush
Florida is leading the way in American education reform. Why?

College blues and the twinkie factor
13 Jan 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: higher education, mental illness
How should a college professor deal with students' mental health excuses?

Are character strengths enough?
14 Oct 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: character education, democracy, moral relativism
Teaching virtues to school children is only one part of handing on our moral heritage.

An agenda for the Silent Generation
2 Aug 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: democracy, education reform, young adult
There is no shortage of issues awaiting the attention of the under-40s.

Wanted: a new Mario Savio
26 Jul 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: American politics, young adult
Young Americans need to find their voice and put their bodies on the political gears.

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