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MLK and the Purpose of Education

You know elite universities are in trouble when their professors say things like Edward Rock. Rock, Distinguished Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and coordinator of Penn’s online education program, has this to say about the impending revolution in online education: We’re in the business of creating and disseminating knowledge. And in 2012,…Read more MLK and the Purpose of Education Posted on 8 February 2013 | 1:15 pm

Generational Injustice

Walter Russell Mead is getting it right about the utter selfishness of the boomer generation and how it is bankrupting our governments, thus leaving government incapable of public services for the next generation. This story is about more than just high gas prices or taxes. It’s yet another case of the boomer generation stealing from…Read more Generational Injustice Posted on 8 February 2013 | 12:11 pm

Say Goodbye to Law Schools: and Credentials More Generally

Law school applications have gone off a cliff. Just look at this statistic from today’s NY Times. As of this month, there were 30,000 applicants to law schools for the fall, a 20 percent decrease from the same time last year and a 38 percent decline from 2010, according to the Law School Admission Council.…Read more Say Goodbye to Law Schools: and Credentials More Generally Posted on 31 January 2013 | 2:52 pm

Nihilism and Globalization

What a week it has been in the world of corporate criminality and governmental spinelessness! On Monday, the British Bank HSBC agreed to pay a fine for $1.92 billion for repeated and systematic violations of two U.S. laws to prevent money laundering. The bank transferred hundreds of billions of dollars for its clients, likely enabling…Read more Nihilism and Globalization Posted on 14 December 2012 | 4:07 pm

The Dorm Wars

The Dorm Wars have not yet caused the numerous bankruptcies amongst minor and maybe even some more established colleges that seem inevitable. What they have done is change the nature of college education. Whether at Harvard or Ramapo, students want luxury dorms with private bathrooms and glitzy campus centers. And since students—fueled with cheap student…Read more The Dorm Wars Posted on 14 December 2012 | 10:59 am

The Perverse Incentives of Student Debt

Student debt in the United States is now around $1 Trillion. This debt is inextinguishable, which means that banks and policy makers have insisted that young people be more responsible for their bad financial decisions than adults or corporations, both of which can, of course, free themselves from un-payable debts through bankruptcy. Not so for…Read more The Perverse Incentives of Student Debt Posted on 28 September 2012 | 2:19 pm

Rethinking the Unsustainable

There is probably no presidential speech more quoted in Academic circles than Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech, on the final day of his presidency. It was in that speech that Eisenhower warned of the danger of a military-industrial complex. The need for a permanent army and a permanent arms industry creates, he writes, a…Read more Rethinking the Unsustainable Posted on 22 May 2012 | 11:41 am

Political Scientists Bemoan Funding Cuts

Political scientists around the country are in a huff here, and here, and here. The reason has little to do with the upcoming election, the vacuum in political leadership, or the state of the world. No, they are upset because Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake has proposed cutting the National Science Foundation’s Political Science Program that…Read more Political Scientists Bemoan Funding Cuts Posted on 16 May 2012 | 11:52 am

Education in a Transitory World

“Basically we are always educating for a world that is or is becoming out of joint, for this is the basic human situation, in which the world is created by mortal hands to serve mortals for a limited time as home.” -Hannah Arendt,  Between Past and Future Facing the command of the ghost, Hamlet laments…Read more Education in a Transitory World Posted on 6 February 2012 | 12:15 pm

Thinking about College

Anthony Grafton has a clear and sensible essay on Universities in this week’s NYRB. Dismissive of those who take simplistic pot-shots at lazy faculty or coddled administrators, he nevertheless gives voice to the basic problem: for millions of students who are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend four (or more) years at college…Read more Thinking about College Posted on 10 November 2011 | 12:33 pm