Required Readings

POTUS grad speech, internship ethics, vocational ed, MS desegregating, and more: Required Readings, 05.17.16

In a speech delivered at the 250th commencement ceremony at Rutgers University, President Obama assailed anti-intellectualism in the country while promoting “facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science.” An issue close to my heart, and my wallet: Should colleges charge for academic credit earned from unpaid internships? Vocational education …

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Pen and doodle
Required Readings

Digital content, Ontario budget news, LOC nomination, concealed carry on campus, and more: Required Readings, 02.29.16

Citation, plagiarism, mashups, collaborative culture, and artificial intellectual property: Unpacking an Identity Crisis in Digital Content. New help for lower income students in Ontario: Most college students whose family income is less than $50,000 a year will receive grants large enough to cover their whole tuition, according to budget changes announced …

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Snowstorm of 1922
Required Readings

Drowning bunnies, free speech in British unis, LA budget woes, non-weather school closings, and skeptical parenting: Required Readings, 01.25.16

The president of a Catholic university suggested in a discussion about student retention that faculty stop thinking of freshmen as “cuddly bunnies,” noting: “You just have to drown the bunnies” by removing students more likely of dropping out, preferably before the late September date when enrollment statistics must be reported to the …

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Required Readings

Inspiring professors, Tesla burns, Satan the racist, campus activism, student suicides, and financial aid: Required Readings, 05.10.15

Should professors be “a fearsome mind or a moral light, a role model or inspiration” to students? Maybe, maybe not. Science teachers: in case anyone missed the memo, burning your students with a Tesla coil is not a good idea, even if the students are OK with it. After a Georgia …

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Critical ThinkingHigher Education

Why making tuition free isn’t a good idea

[Note: I originally published much of this analysis on another now-defunct blog during the 2012 Quebec Student Protests, but thought it relevant in light of our recent discussion of tuition and government funding.] I think the system of higher education in Quebec provides a useful and interesting comparison to the …

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