Pedagogy of the Depressed

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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 …

Education

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

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

14 Things Every Student Tries To Make Their Paper Seem Longer Than It Actually Is

Bookman Old Style > Times New Roman.<p>When you're writing a school paper and you've been researching and typing for what feels like ages but you <i>still</i> …

High Schools Are Hooked on Online Learning to Boost Graduate Rates—and Many Are Becoming Diploma Mills in the Process

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Gun Control

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Why Banning Laura Kipnis Would Betray Wellesley's Academic Mission

Six professors at the college insist that campus speakers like the feminist intellectual will cause students “damage” or “injury.”<p>This week at Wellesley College, six professors who serve on the Commission on Race, Ethnicity, and Equity, a committee at the highly selective liberal arts school, sent …

Higher Education

Measuring College (Un)affordability

As many as 95 percent of schools are out of reach for low-income students.<p>College is unaffordable for a lot of families. That’s widely acknowledged across party lines. But a new report shows that as many as 95 percent of colleges are completely unaffordable—and thus unavailable—for huge swaths of …

Higher Education

Deconstructing the 'Liberal Campus' Cliche

Uniformly labeling higher education as a community of hypersensitive, radical leftists is not only a false portrayal, but also undermines intellectualism.<p>Are American universities now spaces where democratic free expression is in decline, where insecurity, fear, and an obsessive, self-preening …

Higher Education

A Wisconsin Legislator Models Political Correctness for Students

Instead of selectively attacking views they find objectionable, students, administrations, and elected officials could try defending the principle of free speech.<p>When Wisconsin lawmaker Steve Nass was an undergraduate in his state’s public university system during the late 1970s, he reportedly got …

Higher Education

Why Would a Poor Kid Want to Work in Academia?

My colleague Ed wrote a piece last week examining the relative dearth of science professors who are not Asian or white (“Science’s Minority Talent Pool Is Growing—but Draining Away”). He quoted many experts, primarily Kenneth Gibbs Jr., an immunologist and science-policy expert at the National …

Education

America's Educational Divide Put Trump in the White House

Even controlling for race and income, the concentration of college degrees was the strongest indicator of whether a county would back the Republican.<p>By now, you’ve heard about the great American divide that ushered Donald Trump into office. It’s probably been pitched as a matter of money and …

Elections

A Conservative Group Made a “Professor Watch List,” and the Timing Is Grotesque

This past Saturday, 200 white nationalists gathered two blocks away from President-elect Donald Trump’s future home, exulting in a victory that has …

Is Trump's Victory the Jump-Start Civics Education Needed?

America’s classrooms are responsible for preparing students to be good citizens. This election indicates that they may be failing to do so.<p>The 2016 campaign produced the unthinkable: the election of a presidential candidate whom members of his own party described as a classic authoritarian. How is …

Education

“All the black and brown people have to leave”: Trump’s scary impact on how kids think

The campaign alone was damaging. What now?<p>MelissiaHill was eating crepes with her 5-year-old son, Phoenix, at a Brooklyn cafe this summer when he asked her, “Is Donald Trump a bad person? Because I heard that if he becomes president, all the black and brown people have to leave and we’re going to …

Racism

NYU’s Mysterious, Anti-P.C. “Deplorable” Prof Has Been Unveiled

<i>This article originally appeared in</i> Inside Higher Ed<i>.</i>An untenured professor of liberal studies at New York University who blasted academic liberals, …

Higher Education

High School Students Give Voice to Presidential Election

<i>Amy Powell, a high school photography teacher in Ohio, asked her students how they felt about the presidential election during a time when they are</i> …

Elections

Introducing Sallie Mae’s Reincarnation Loan – The Loan That Lets You Pay Back Your Student Debt Over Several Lifetimes

Whether your path towards higher learning is about to start or is already underway, you’ll need a loan to see it through… and the time to repay it! …

Humor

Trump-Supporting Republicans Face a Backlash on College Campuses

Tensions between liberal and conservative students have escalated as a result of the election.<p>As DePaul University senior Nicole Been walks around her college campus, she says, students she’s never met call her a racist and a bigot because she’s voting for Donald Trump.<p>“It’s scary feeling like I …

Elections

A Lawsuit Challenges Utah’s Ban on Students and Teachers Saying Nice Things About Gay People

Utah law prohibits the “advocacy of homosexuality”—including so much as a positive reference to gay people—in “any course or class” at public or …

LGBTQ