Jonathan D. Becker, J.D., Ph.D.

Living at the intersections of education, technology, leadership, and policy.




From   Hamilton the man and Hamilton the musical are both concerned with historiography and legacy—how we view, understand, and remember the past. As Aaron Burr notes in “The World was Wide Enough,” “History obliterates in every picture it paints.” You have no… Continue Reading →

This is just a test…

Nothing to see here…

There are German words for that

A couple of days ago, I used my Tweet of the Day post to share a short video of a speech given by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In that speech, Merkel (further) distances Germany (and basically the EU) from the… Continue Reading →

Making sense of last night’s nonsense

When the going gets tough… I get reading. That’s how I cope and it’s how I spent much of my day today. In fact, I think I read everything on the Internet about the election. What follows is not my… Continue Reading →

With a little help from my (edu)friends

What would you think if I sang out of tune Would you stand up and walk out on me? Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song And I’ll try not to sing out of key Oh I… Continue Reading →

Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, ranked

[And now for something a little different… After reading a number of articles/posts ranking the (now) 13 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, I thought I should bring a REAL expert to the table. Step aside, y’all, because the sheriff is… Continue Reading →


I’m feeling especially thankful at this point in time. Undergoing major surgery probably does that to people. Regardless, at the risk of leaving out people and/or things… Thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Parham Doctors Hospital. Since arriving… Continue Reading →

Shave Professor Figment’s Head!

I have some new and amazing teammates at Online@VCU. At some point, I’ll “announce” or “introduce” the team.  For now, all you need to know is that Dr. Lisa Phipps, aka Professor Figment, is part of our team. She joined… Continue Reading →

When Twitter “Jumped The Snark” For Me

[NOTE: For the “jump the snark” language, I owe credit to Gardner Campbell.] It was a lovely Thanksgiving morning and I was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with my wife and two kids (my son is 8 and my… Continue Reading →

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