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Reading Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 4, “Schooling”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this post we move on to chapter four, simply titled “Schooling,” a topic central to this blog and my work. As with … Continue reading

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Reading Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 3: “Parenting”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this post we move on from families to child-rearing, with chapter three, “Parenting”. As with previous chapters I’ll summarize its content, then offer some reflections, … Continue reading

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Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 2: “Families”

Let’s continue our online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In this post we move on to chapter two, simply titled “Families.” As with chapter one I’ll summarize its content, then offer some reflections, … Continue reading

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Robert Putnam, _Our Kids_, chapter 1

With this post I kick off an online reading of Robert Putnam’s new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Today we start with the first chapter, “The American Dream: Myths and Realities”.  I’ll summarize it, then offer some reflections, … Continue reading

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When states cut public education funding: the problems with _Unmaking Education_

In December I took to social media with a research query: what’s a good historical account of how American states have defunded public higher education?  Helpful people came up with one leading candidate: Christopher Newfield’s Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year … Continue reading

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Notes on Ivory Tower

I finally caught up with the CNN-supported documentary Ivory Tower (2014).  In it Andrew Rossi offers an overview of the current status of American higher education.  I’d like to share some thoughts here. We need to realize this moment in … Continue reading

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Notes on Paying for the Party

Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality is a powerful, carefully researched, and ultimately furious work of social science. Its target is higher education – specifically, how female students make it through large public research universities, and how they … Continue reading

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