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Piketty on student debt

Thomas Piketty, one of the most important economists of our time, guru of economic inequality, offers some brief and pithy observations on student debt in American higher education.  Let’s break it down. First, the general observation: [T]he amount of household … Continue reading

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Piketty on higher education

Recently Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century seized the imagination of many Americans, reigniting debates about economic inequality (my review).  Meanwhile, our current crisis over education reform roars on.  What does this spotlit book say about higher education? The short version: … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the first half of Piketty’s Capital

I’m halfway through Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century.  It was some major implications for the future, including the future of education. In this post I’d like to share some impressions of the book upon reaching its halfway point. … Continue reading

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Talking higher education on the Disruptors podcast

A few weeks ago I was interviewed on the Disruptors podcast, and the show just went live. Matt Ward took us on a whirlwind tour through administrative growth, adjunctification, why higher ed is expensive, the Bennet hypothesis, too many students, … Continue reading

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Americans imagine the future of education and everything else

What do Americans think about when they imagine the future?  What do they anticipate for education in particular? Pew Research recently polled thousands of people in the United States.  The questions covered a lot of ground, and the results are … Continue reading

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Which nonfiction book should our book club read next?

What should our online book club read next? Yes, it’s voting time! Our topic for this reading: nonfiction that informs us about the futures of education and technology.  There are sixteen (16) titles on deck. (If you’re new to the … Continue reading

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What nonfiction book should our online book club read next?

What should our online book club read next? After reading two science fiction novels (Walkaway, New York 2140), we now turn to nonfiction about the future of education. (If you’re new to the book club, know that since 2014 we’ve … Continue reading

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New York 2140: part two

Today we continue our online book club‘s reading of Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140.*  We’re discussing two parts: “Liquidity Trap” and “Expensive or Priceless?”  Please join us in reading! (If you’d like more information on the reading plan and schedule, click … Continue reading

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Which science fiction book should our book club read this summer?

Which science fiction book should our book club read next? The book club (founded in 2014) is all about the future of education and technology.  We read all kinds of nonfiction – the future of universities, sociology, education theory and … Continue reading

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Building an American caste system, part 2: the 9%

A few months ago I started writing about the possibility that American society could develop into a caste system, structured in part by education.  I began by describing the rural poor as one such caste.  Then… I got distracted by … Continue reading

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