Pedagogy of the Depressed

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The Republican War on College

For the cost of cutting corporate income taxes, the U.S. could provide universal pre-K and make tuition free at public colleges for nonaffluent students.<p>There are two big problems with the GOP’s claim that its tax-reform proposals help the middle class.<p>The first, and most obvious, is that both the …

Equality

The GOP tax bill could be a disaster for PhD students

“It would really upend the American PhD system,” a professor says.<p>Add graduate students to the list of potential “losers” in the House Republicans’ tax overhaul plan.<p>The bill, in its current form, eliminates or consolidates tax credits used by both graduate and undergraduate students — but those …

Education

The Republican tax plan could financially devastate graduate students

The bill would tax tuition waivers as income<p>Kathleen Farley, a graduate student in biological sciences, paid $2,824 in taxes on her stipend of $25,969 last year. If President Donald Trump’s tax plan takes effect, she calculates that she’ll have to pay $5,174 — almost double what she’s paying now. …

Education

The Surprising Revolt at the Most Liberal College in the Country

Activists are disrupting lectures to protest "white supremacy," but many students are taking steps to stop them.<p>At Reed College, a small liberal-arts school in Portland, Oregon, a 39-year-old <i>Saturday Night Live</i> skit recently caused an uproar over cultural appropriation. In the classic Steve Martin …

Racism

Should College Professors Give 'Tech Breaks' In Class?

Inhis new novel <i>Origin</i><i>,</i> Dan Brown (most famous for <i>The Da Vinci Code</i>), describes his protagonist Robert Langdon's approach to the conundrum of students' devotion to personal tech devices in the classroom.<p>Langdon is, Brown writes, "one of several Harvard professors who now used portable cell-jamming …

Education

Professors Are the New Therapists

Jason was an untenured professor at a large public university when two students who had been dating each other began fighting regularly in his class. …

Education

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

Why Teachers Need Their Freedom

Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.<p>My co-teacher and I met in the parking lot before school and stared into my car trunk at the costumes and props we had gathered over the weekend. We were giddy with excitement and nervous because neither …

Teaching

School Supply Lists Have Gotten Ridiculously Long and Expensive. Here’s Why.

If you’re not a parent, you may remember shopping for school supplies as an enjoyably quaint activity: a quick trip to the store to pick out a new …

Education

Why School Still Starts After Labor Day in Michigan

The calendar is designed to bolster the economy—but some worry it hurts kids.<p>For Tracy Horodyski, a teacher in the Kenowa Hills school district in Michigan, a new district schedule has her returning to the classroom on Monday, August 28—her first pre-Labor Day start in more than a decade. But …

Education

Why Universities Are Phasing Out Luxury Dorms

In recent decades higher-education institutions have tried to lure students with extravagant amenities, but some are finding that these attempts can actually threaten enrollment and retention.<p>When I was a college freshman in the early 1990s, I lived in a dorm that was as sterile as a hospital room, …

Education

Why Suburban Schools Are Inflating Kids' Grades

Middle-class high-schoolers aren’t getting any smarter, but their GPAs are rising—and that’s pushing their poor peers further behind.<p>PITTSBURGH—Monet Spencer remembers traveling to affluent suburban high schools when she was a member of the marching band at Brashear High School in this city’s …

Education

One University President's Candid Take On The Future Of Higher Ed

Mitch Daniels went from running the state of Indiana, as its two-term Republican governor, to running its top flight public university, Purdue University, based in West Lafayette.<p>Since Daniels began his tenure in 2013, Purdue has made plenty of headlines. First, the school partnered with Gallup on …

Education

The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts

First-generation students are finding personal and professional fulfillment in the humanities and social sciences.<p>Growing up in Southern California, Mai-Ling Garcia’s grades were ragged; her long-term plans nonexistent. At age 20, she was living with her in-laws halfway between Los Angeles and the …

Education

Wisconsin Republicans Consider Cracking Down on Campus Protests

The Badger State is debating a law that would suspend or expel students who shut down speakers or interfere with their free expression. Does it go too far?<p>The national controversy surrounding attempts to shut down controversial speakers on college campuses entered a new phase this week, with the …

Rights & Freedoms

Did Bob Dylan Take Portions of His Nobel Lecture From SparkNotes?

If a songwriter can win the Nobel Prize for literature, can CliffsNotes be art? During his official lecture recorded on June 4, laureate Bob Dylan …

Literature

Tricks You Use To Make Your Paper Longer - Tricks For Reaching Your Page Count

When you're writing a school paper and you've been researching and typing for what feels like ages but you <i>still</i> haven't reached your teacher's …

Romeo and Juliet

The New Diploma Mills

<i>This is the first part of the Big Shortcut, an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have</i> …

Education

Trump’s Education Budget Takes Aim at the Working Class

The president wants to cut funding for programs such as career and technical education and redirect that money toward school choice.<p><i>Updated on May 23, 2017</i><p>Many of the spending goals outlined in Donald Trump’s proposed education budget reflect his campaign rhetoric. The president, who has long …

Education

Betsy DeVos’ Commencement Speech at a Historically Black College Was Drowned Out by Booing

It takes a lot to be one of the most controversial members of the Trump administration, but Betsy DeVos has done it. The inexperienced education …

The Armed Campus in the Anxiety Age

Campus-carry laws add unnecessary worry to communities already overwhelmed by unease.<p>ATLANTA, Ga.—A while back, a student at Georgia Tech, where I teach, showed me a series of anonymized “threats” that students in a notoriously difficult class of mine had posted in an online discussion forum. I’d …

Education

U of Houston Faculty Senate suggests changes to teaching under campus carry

Faculty members opposed to Texas's new campus concealed carry law have argued that it will chill academic freedom and free speech. A set of …

Education

The Real Chaos of Campus Gun Laws

New legislation in Georgia shows ambiguous campus-carry laws might create a greater burden than the guns themselves.<p>ATLANTA—Last week, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill that will allow Georgia weapons permit holders over 21 years of age to carry concealed firearms in most parts of the …

Higher Education

The New Intellectuals

Political wars on college campuses aren’t really about free speech. They’re about what it means to be a student.<p>The political wars on today’s college campuses are being quickly reduced to a small number of unsatisfying explanations. Many of these are injurious and insulting to the students who …

Higher Education

The Destructiveness of Call-Out Culture on Campus

Reflections from undergraduates of the social media era<p>Last month, hoping to better understand how digital communications affects life on campus, I posed this question: “Were College Students Better Off Before Social Media?”<p>One undergraduate responded that what he likes best about the …

College & University

Words Which by Their Very Utterance Inflict Injury

College students urging the punishment of speech that “wounds” risk silencing the causes they support.<p>College students seeking to suppress or punish speech in their communities are the latest iteration of a longer tradition in American life than many of their critics acknowledge. That’s true even …

Censorship

Betsy DeVos Is Wasting No Time Screwing Over Students Who Borrow Money for College

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been sending some chilling signals lately about how she plans to deal with America’s $1.3 trillion student …

Education

Were College Students Better Off Before Social Media?

Ten questions for campus observers about the costs of the world that Silicon Valley built<p>Fifteen years ago, when I graduated from Pomona College, there were landlines in the dorm rooms, a paper directory with everyone’s number, and a thriving culture of friendly prank calls. Almost no one used …

Higher Education

The Closing of the Republican Mind on For-Profit Colleges

In working to loosen proprietary-college regulation, contemporary politicians break decades of GOP precedent.<p>In Congress, on the presidential campaign trail, and in the editorial pages of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Republicans have been unified in the belief that the Obama administration badly …

Higher Education