Education

February 21, 2014

“Should You Go to Graduate School?” (Easily Distracted)

“Academia, especially in the humanities and the social sciences, is a total culture. It colonizes most aspects of your life. You are never not an academic–the little mental tape recorder is on all the time, or it had better be if you want to be good at this life. Anything is grist for my mill as a teacher and a scholar, and that is as it should be. Graduate school is, if anything, even more totalizing than this. It gets into your pores. Somewhere in the back of your head, your dissertation or your oral exams will be burrowing outwards through your brain tissue with incisors of fear.”

Read more of this blog post by Timothy Burke, a professor in the Department of History at Swarthmore College here.

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February 19, 2014

“California Universities Unite to Increase Minority PhDs” (EWA Blog: Latino Ed Beat)

“According to a UCLA news release, in 2011 the four universities awarded 753 doctorates in the targeted fields. Only 59 of those PhDs went to minority students.

The initiative will include networking for minority students at all the universities, including retreats. Faculty will also be trained on working with such students. Students will also be able to develop relationships with faculty at universities outside of where they are studying for their degrees. Students will also be surveyed annually about their experiences.”

Read more of this blog post by Katherine Leal Unmuth at EWA Blog: Latino Ed Beat here.

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February 19, 2014

Closing the literacy achievement gap by ‘re-gifting’ the love of reading (Latino Lista)

“Someday, e-books might be available at a reasonable cost for everybody. But until this happens, I would like to suggest one way we can help close the access-to-books gap. It requires no special funding from the government or the Gates Foundation, no paperwork, and no sacrifice. In fact, we can do it in a way that benefits everybody.

Most middle-class people have extra books in their homes, books they would like to give away. We often do this by donating to Goodwill-type organizations, but there is a problem: there is no way we can ensure that the books get to those who really need or want them.”

Read more of this article by Stephen Krashen for Language Magazine at Latino Lista here.

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February 19, 2014

“What It’s (Really) Like To Be A New Graduate” (ThoughtCatalog)

“Your job hunt may take a while. Prevent that up-all-night-worrying-about-how-to-pay-your-bills panic now by starting internships and investing all your energy into that and less into finishing strong at school. Stay with me: if you can manage to prove your dedication, smarts, and willingness to work (temporarily) for free, the company WILL repay you. If not with a job, then with something substantial to put on your resume and a great reference/letter of recommendation. Those networks you build while still in school will quite literally save your ass the closer you get to graduation and will benefit you more than an impressive final semester GPA. That being said, obviously don’t neglect school either.”

Read more of this article by Laitin Amanda for Thought Catalog here.

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February 19, 2014

“Flipped classrooms in college: Lectures online and problem sets in the classroom.” (Slate)

“According to Inside Higher Ed, a recent study by the Campus Computing Project showed that more than two-thirds of U.S. colleges and universities are already, or willing to start, using lecture-capturing software to make lectures available to students at home—the gateway to a large-scale flipocracy. Proponents argue that flipping courses inspires students, gives them more control over their own learning, and frees more class time for meaningful interaction. Opponents bemoan the oversimplification of difficult course material, the technical difficulties, and the extra homework—for students, and for faculty.”

Read more of this story by Rebecca Schuman for Slate Magazine here.

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February 19, 2014

“What We Should Learn From Avonté Oquendo’s Death About Anti-Blackness and Education” (Black Girl Dangerous)

“Blackness, in general, is not safe in schools. This is evidenced by recent, yet seemingly eternal, cases of Black students experiencing abuse and mistreatment by school staff and teachers. Black children are often preemptively charged with being “bad”, threatening or defiant and therefore excessively punished. In fact, a recent Department of Education study showed that even though Black students only made up 18% of students enrolled at the sampled school, they represented 39% of the students expelled.”

Read more of this article by Malaka Wilson-Greene for Black Girl Dangerous here.

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February 18, 2014

“What College Students Regret” (The Atlantic)

“A possible lesson here: Picking a major with a real-world application might be overrated, at least as college graduates themselves see it. What students really need is experience putting their knowledge to practical use while they’re still in school.”

Read more for this article by Eleanor Barkhorn and relevant demographics at The Atlantic here.

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