Frank Fear

frank-fearFrank A. Fear is professor emeritus, Michigan State University, where he served as a faculty member for thirty-year years and worked in various administrative positions for nearly twenty years. Find him on Twitter @frankfear and on Tumblr, “For the Public Good,” at http://frankfearblog.tumblr.com/ Frank also writes about issues that intersect sport and society. You can read him at The Sports Column at http://www.thesportscol.com/category/frank-fear/

Trusting Government Like It’s 1964

Trusting Government

Frank Fear: Over a half-century ago about 75% of Americans said they trusted government “always or most of the time.” The number stood at 24% earlier this year—a 50% drop in 50 years.

“Exceptional” — Really?

Fighting American Exceptionalism

Frank Fear: Exceptionalism has no place in Progressive vocabulary or practice. Leadership, Progressive-style, can’t tolerate it. Progress starts by taking an honest look in the mirror, seeing warts and all, and then working to get better—for the public good.

Game Plan for Pro Sports Reform

Pro Sports Reform

Frank Fear: The first step is for league authorities and team owners—in all professional leagues—to make social responsibility a priority.

Game Plan for College Sports Reform

College Sports Reform

Frank Fear: How about taking a page out of history? Let’s do in 2014 what happened in 1905: leaders take stock and make adjustments “for the good of the game” and—more importantly—for the good of American higher education.

Big-Time College Sports Out of Control?

Big-Time College Sports

Frank Fear: Underlying questions—rarely answered, let alone raised–include: How do big-time athletic programs square with the fundamental purpose of higher education?

Timeless Relevance: “Turn, Turn, Turn” at 50

Achieving Social Change

Frank Fear: The “me-first,” self-absorbed ethic is a well-developed social pathology. America, the patient, is in triage. It will take incredible energy and effort—undertaken with wise, strategic, and ingenious intent—to accomplish the “turn” this country so desperately needs.

College Football: Made in America by Union Workers

Professional Student Athletes

he college football season is right around the corner and fans across the country are getting ready to cheer for their favorite teams. But plenty of action is taking place already—not on the football fields, but in courtrooms and by legislative bodies—about players and what constitutes fair treatment. The big splash came when Northwestern University football […]

Whom Do You Trust? 

Trusting Public Leaders

Frank Fear: It’s anybody’s guess when the public’s trust began eroding. There were instances, here and there, starting years ago. For many in my generation it began with the Nixon Years, especially “Watergate.” Today there’s a clear pattern of trust being debased.

What Happened to Higher Education?

Improving Higher Education

Frank A. Fear: Generally vacant is an emphasis on how colleges and universities are making the world a better place, doing things like helping to reduce poverty, enhance environmental quality, and improve human health.

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