14 décembre 2014

How to Improve Discussion of Race in the Classroom

subscribe todayBy Jeannine Bell. The grand juries’ decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner bore all the hallmarks of sensitive topics that, to keep the peace, should be discussed only in private, or in small groups of people who share the same race and politics. More...

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An Aging America: Higher Education's New Frontier

subscribe todayBy Barbara Vacarr. As baby boomers flock toward retirement in ever-increasing numbers, industries are gearing up to capitalize on this historic demographic revolution. But for all the attention, one sector has been strangely absent from the conversation: higher education. More...

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Slavery and Capitalism

subscribe todayBy Sven Beckert. Few topics have animated today’s chattering classes more than capitalism. In the wake of the global economic crisis, the discussion has spanned political boundaries, with conservative newspapers in Britain and Germany running stories on the "future of capitalism" (as if that were in doubt) and Korean Marxists analyzing its allegedly self-destructive tendencies. Pope Francis has made capitalism a central theme of his papacy, while the French economist Thomas Piketty attained rock-star status with a 700-page book full of tables and statistics and the succinct but decisively unsexy title Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press). More...

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Over the Hill? Yes. Bad for Students? No.

subscribe todayBy Noel Kent. In "The Forever Professors" (The Chronicle Review, November 21), Laurie Fendrich warns us (in no uncertain terms) that "the inconvenient truth is that faculty who delay retirement harm students." She has a special animus for over-70 faculty members such as myself who ferociously cling to our full-time equivalents. We are, it seems, "greedy, selfish, and bad" for students. More...

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Payback's a Bitch

subscribe todayBy Andrew Ross. Everyone is talking about student debt, but almost nothing is being done about it. On the federal level, there is no debt relief in sight, as anyone can infer from the annual Congressional ritual in which lawmakers assemble to grandstand over lowering federal interest rates by a fraction. Nothing on Capitol Hill comes closer to the cliché of putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. Rising rates of default (half a million more last year) and delinquencies (more than 30 percent of all borrowers) are a sure sign that many student debts cannot, and never will, be repaid. More...

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How ‘The Colbert Report’ Has Given a ‘Bump’ to Academic Guests

subscribe todayBy Goldie Blumenstyk. While in character as a pompous and self-aggrandizing TV host, Stephen Colbert has invited a steady stream of academics to his show, The Colbert Report, to scold and ridicule them. He called Leon Botstein, an author, symphony conductor, and longtime college president, "an intellectual" and a "smarty pants." He grilled Stephen Prothero, a religious-studies professor, on "what’s the best religion." And he criticized Jason Bond, a biology professor, for naming a spider after Neil Young and not Stephen Colbert. More...

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21st-Century Postdocs: (Still) Underpaid and Overworked

subscribe todayBy Audrey Williams June. Postdoctoral researchers in the United States are often overworked, poorly paid, and stuck in jobs that don’t advance their careers. And efforts to improve the system have progressed slowly, in part because academics who supervise postdocs have little incentive to push for change. Those are some of the sobering conclusions of a new report published by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. More...

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Private colleges risk 'tarnishing the reputation' of UK higher education system

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . The chairman of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education raises fears over the rapid expansion of private colleges, pledging to 'get a grip' on the problem. Read more...

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We don't need education reform - we need a whole new system

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy Martin Stephen. Michael Gove and Sir Michael Wilshaw have tried their best, but the problems are too deep-rooted for an easy fix. Read more...

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Could you answer the toughest Oxbridge question?

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . The most daunting part of the Oxford and Cambridge application process is the legendarily 'unanswerable' question designed to test the university-goer's lateral thinking. What is the toughest one ever asked - and how should you respond. Read more...

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