On this blog I'm not using my name, nor the name of my institution, city or state. I will also not name specific individuals, nor will I disclose information that would make others easily identifiable.
That being said, I know that many (perhaps even most) of you know who I am, where I live, and where I teach. Keeping my identity absolutely "secret" is not necessary, or even possible. I do, however, want to prevent my name and institution from being blasted all over the Internet and on search engines; hence, the pseudonym.
My reasoning: First, I need to respect the privacy of my students, as well as my colleagues and family. If you know me, you probably also know some of those people--but if you don't, it's not my place to reveal information about others. Second, I'd like this blog to be focused on issues, not on personalities or particular institutions. The crises I'll address here are nation-wide, in some cases even global, and we need to keep that broader picture in mind. Whenever I use specific situations for discussion or exemplification, I will use information that is already available to the public rather than disclosing anything that is confidential or proprietary.
If you post a comment, please use my blog name ("Underground Professor") even if you know who I am. At the same time, if you pass this link to someone else, you don't need to keep my identity shrouded in complete mystery--just don't put it here.
Finally, please bear in mind that whatever I say here represents my personal views and beliefs, not those of my institution (whether you are aware of my affiliation or not). Although I "profess English" for a living and my professional experiences have obviously done a great deal to shape my thinking, in this blog I am expressing myself as a private citizen, not as a spokesperson for any institution or professional organization.
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