How to Keep Doing What You Do when the World is Burning

As I said recently on Twitter, “bad news abounds.” And that was before I saw the news that Jerry Falwell, Jr. is going to lead a federal task force on higher education in the United States. Frankly, the bad news is coming at us at a rate that is giving me some sort of cognitive concussion from the repetitive blows to my sense of right in the world. What with “alternative facts” and constant contradictions and disagreements emanating from DC, a researcher/scholar/teacher could get a wee bit discouraged that the critical thinking skills s/he teaches and the assessment strategies s/he uses are relics of a past era we can soon refer to as “the good old days.” So how to stay motivated and, if possible, buoyant on these troubled waters?…
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