Monday, August 26, 2013

Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Not today, but August 28th, and it will be the 50th anniversary.

I remember being sort of expected to know about it, but not actually being taught about it.  The Smithosonian website now is doing a series on the history of the March.  For me, it's been really helpful being reminded how conflicted white folks were, and how worried.   Here's the program.  There's an oral history article.  And there's a great article on the logistics of getting food to everyone.

There's a video!

And finally, a link to related stuff at the Smithsonian.

Here in the Northwoods, I'm working on class and committee prep, and enduring meetings about assessment, endless assessment.


  1. Why is it that everyone agrees that we actually all assess what we do all the time (I mean, really, who doesn't make notes at the end of the semester saying "this didn't work, this needs to be better etc.") but when we "do assessment" it always feels dumb?

  2. And when we "do assessment" it always feels like someone's talking down to us, expecting us to use their lingo (goals vs outcomes), and wanting us to quantify it.

    Reading some of out stuff, it looks like we're going to be expected to make assignments specifically tailored to elicit assessment data. To heck with Shakespeare! (or whatever), can I get the students to demonstrate that they did learn something about human culture/history?