The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 10th, 2014
Rachel Slocum’s problems began with an email she sent at the end of long day.
It was Tuesday, October 1, and the federal government had partially
shut down as a result of a budget impasse. The U.S. Census Bureau and
Education Department websites were out of commission, leaving the
students in her introductory geography class without access to data for
"Hi everyone," she wrote to the 18 students in the online course.
"Some of the data gathering assignment will be impossible to complete
until the Republican/Tea Party controlled House of Representatives
agrees to fund the government."
She urged her students to do whatever work they could. The rest, she
wrote, "will have to wait until Congress decides we actually need a