Making America Great Again Isn’t Just About Money and Power – The New York Times

No, it’s about education.  Here is my comment. Op-Eds like this are insightful, well thought out, and well argued, but – and it’s a gigantic “but”, with a gigantically hard solution – what proportion of today’s voters will ever hear this argument, or even understand it if they did? And why? Let’s skip the obvious […]

Just Grade, Please.

Turning college into a zero-sum game hurts their chances of succeeding after graduation. Source: Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve Here’s my take. I’m a former math professor. From my experience, all of this fuss about grading is really a fuss about how students “feel”; that is, how they feel about their […]

Frank Bruni Recognizes the “Customer” Mentality

“…It’s not only at Stanford and at Ivy League and Ivy­like schools that students have gone from being competitors to clients. That’s a shift that’s occurred over recent decades and over the last decade in particular at scores if not hundreds of colleges. And I think customers is a better word for it than clients, […]

Let’s Stop Worrying About the Wrong Problem (Dropping Out) and Address the Real Problem (Not Getting An Education Even IF They Stay In)

Simple steps raise the graduation rate, especially among minority students. Source: What Can Stop Kids From Dropping Out – The New York Times#commentsContainer I wrote: Let’s stop worrying about them dropping out and start worrying about them actually getting an education. With a couple of years of REAL education they can drop out and get […]

Why Is Productivity So Weak? Three Theories That Miss The Mark. My Advice? Read Piketty.

The rate of economic output is not increasing much. Or is there work below the surface that will pay big dividends in the future? Source: Why Is Productivity So Weak? Three Theories – The New York Times The answer if obvious. Here is how to see it. First, do a search for “diffusion of knowledge” […]

Donald Trump Isn’t Alone in Exploiting the Word ‘University’

Students have been taught to trust places called universities, even though few of them actually are. Source: Donald Trump Isn’t Alone in Exploiting the Word ‘University’ Mr. Carey has nailed it when it comes to how some institutions exploit the public trust, but he missed the most important institutions. Let me explain. I spent three […]

Why Would I Comment on Something I Haven’t Read?

Admissions officers tell their own children that high school is far more than just a pathway to college — it’s a time for maturation, self-discovery, learning and fun. Source: Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids Here’s why. As a former college professor, I know better than to read this – and I strongly […]

What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us – The New York Times (And What Experience Cautions Us)

New insights about teaching, publishing and intellectual history. Source: What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us – The New York Times This Times Op-Ed contains a link to a website with informative data on syllabuses.  The piece explains the data.  I will just add that I believe that you can use the website to make […]

Learning About Universities Emotional Grip By Using Frank Bruni As an Example

A new report suggests that we’re on the cusp of important, necessary changes in the way colleges evaluate applicants. Source: Rethinking College Admissions – The New York Times I promised I would have another comment. Here it is. As a former professor (who is frightened out of my wits by what I know and the […]