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American tv “news” networks look blearily at the mirror and swear to change, for real this time

Media coverage of the 2016 American presidential campaign has become so terrible that even tv “news” people are starting to question themselves.  They worry that the relentless pursuit of ratings has led them to abandon journalistic principle, and maybe even … Continue reading

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Here’s a wild thought: states could help the poorest colleges and universities

How can America help students complete undergraduate degrees?  The “completion agenda” (for example) has driven a lot of discussion and experimentation of late, especially as the student loan debt crisis (which especially hurts those don’t get a degree) continues. Bridget Terry … Continue reading

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A helpful look at the whole of American higher ed, not just a few campuses

I’ve been writing for a while about the problem of mistaking a handful of American campuses for the whole of postsecondary education. All too often public discourse and educators’ own discussions massively overfocus on the Ivies, skewing our understanding.   Today’s … Continue reading

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How not to write about higher education, STEM eats literature edition

I was going to write up the first post for our Infomocracy reading, but people keep sharing this Washington Post article with me.  “Meet the parents who won’t let their children study literature” has a lot of appeal for some … Continue reading

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One week of bad stories about higher education financing, and I feel fine

Somedays it’s hard to discern signals about an emerging topic.  Other times they just fight with each other to leap across the transom. Today the subject is higher education finances in crisis.  One of the datapoints is personal, while the … Continue reading

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Two new signs of educational inequality

How does growing income inequality impact American education and culture?  To what extent does our education system mitigate or construct that economic divide?  I’ve been tracking this for several years, and wanted to share two recent stories.  Both are about … Continue reading

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Why do people still disdain science fiction and fantasy?

In 2016, why do so many people disdain the science fiction and fantasy genres*? This is a question my daughter often asks me.  She’s 21 now (a fact which feel like both science fiction and fantasy, some days) and has … Continue reading

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