“How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge – The New York Times” Sure, But Who Can Teach It?

High-stakes testing isn’t the only problem, and it’s time for schools to change their approach. Source: How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge – The New York Times My view: This cannot be stated enough: The reason K-12 is so bad is because college is so bad. I know this. […]

William Deresiewicz’s Incisive Observation Taken to Its Logical Conclusion

How college sold its soul to the market Source: [Essay] | The Neoliberal Arts, by William Deresiewicz | Harper’s Magazine I commented. To truly change higher education, the critical observation that college is neoliberal, needs to be followed to its logical conclusion. What has damned higher education in America is the neoliberalist view of colleges […]

Frank Bruni Thinks Learning LibArts Is Important? I Do Too, But Where Do You Go To Do That?

See From ‘Hamlet’ to Hillary – NYTimes.com  for Bruni’s article. My comment: “As a former professor – and observer of higher education – I think that in 2015 you would be hard put to find the type of courses that your examples took, not in 2015. I recently posted (on my blog inside-higher-ed) a syllabus from […]

Measuring Benefits of Smaller Amounts in Same Container

Is your degree worth it?: It depends what you study, not where | The Economist. There is a fallacy in these statistics.  I commented. Just as consumers can be fooled into believing that today’s can of “whatever” contains the same amount as yesterday’s, so can “consumers” of today’s degrees be fooled into thinking they contain […]

Rip Van Skillsgap? (Paul Krugman, Again)

Rip Van Skillsgap – NYTimes.com. Is Prof. Krugman asleep to reality?  See my post on his opinion.

US News On Retention – Say What?

From page 70 of the 2015 “rankings”: “…The higher the proportion of freshmen who return…and eventually graduate, the better a school most likely is at offering the classes and services that students need to succeed…” Oh, if it were true.  Do the people at US News know that another way of helping people “succeed” [in just […]

Are Nathan’s Expectation Too High?

At the beginning of Chapter 1, Arum and Roksa describe the situation of “Nathan”, a recent college graduate, similar to “…many of his peers…”  The book is worth the price, if only for this story. Nathan graduated in business administration with a 3.9.  He lives at home, makes very little money (compared to what colleges “promise”), and is sure that […]

Arum and Roksa’s Important New Book “Aspiring Adults Adrift”

I just got my copy.  As I read it, I will post comments under the category “Comments on ‘Aspiring Adults Adrift’”. If you haven’t read their critically important first book “Academically Adrift”, I highly recommend it.  In previous posts, I have used some of the material from that book.  For now, I will repeat a couple of […]

How Can Frank Bruni Be Excited About Change in K-12 Without Change in Higher Ed?

Change in K-12 does matter but I don’t see how it can help a lot without the change in higher ed that I advocate here.  Here is a link to his op-ed, followed by my comment. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/opinion/bruni-a-bold-bid-for-better-schools.html?ref=opinion&comments&_r=0 ” From whence cometh these teachers?  They cometh from the universities, many of whom seek fame and fortune […]