Vikram is a terrible father. Tell him so.
Oscar judges the State Science Fair and offers commentary
Should Yale head for the Sunshine State?
How should you judge professors who skip books on the syllabus? (Oh, and college isn’t for everyone.)
Every once in a while, when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I watch college commencement ceremonies on YouTube. These rituals remind me how perverse our higher-education system is—and of the empty idealism that colleges and universities sell us: We are here today, donning our ceremonial robes and caps, to recite the traditional vacuous platitudes and wish you…
What university ephemera can tell us about how academia sees itself.
Tension and divides over school policy in the U.S. persist. Can the disparate philosophies get along?
This week: Health, Education, Business, Poilitics, Government, and Society.
Labor, Education, Psychology, Media, Family, Society, and World!
Talking about this generation.
We need both liberal arts majors and welders, but the structures of higher education are biased in favor of liberal arts majors.
Seriously. Knock it off.
We can intervene with defiant teenagers without resorting to outright violence. But we won’t.
The University of Wisconsin at Madison is going to be just fine…at least for a while.
What is the future of higher education? Face to Face? Online? One veteran practitioner’s opinion informed by experience.
Out-of-work PhDs should give up on academia and come teach middle school. It’s more engaging (and necessary) than you may think.
Sweden’s privatization of their schools has failed. It should provide lessons for America and England.
Student-led inquiry of controversial topics has its pitfalls, but it should be at the heart of implementing the Common Core curriculum.
Criticizing Scott Walker for not having completed his college degree may or may not be elitist. Because something is elitist, however, doesn’t make it invalid. So is it valid? Will Truman considers…
Christopher Carr questions the need for the new GED to test for arcane rules of grammar.
Dennis Sanders shares an episode of This American Life that everyone interested in education should listen to. This is the story of East Ramapo in New York State.
James Hanley explains why American education is looking better than ever.
Burt Likko thinks that if Advanced Placement classes don’t represent actual advanced education, maybe we’re better off without them.
by Christopher Carr
What do you do when a group of 4- and 5-year-olds make a request of you that you think is impossible? You trust them.
Forgive me the hiatus in posting. I’ve been parenting (and writing a fair amount). Saw Tod (et al) at Leaguefest and he (et al) encouraged me to share links here to my work elsewhere, so…here goes! I’ve just published a column for The New Republic on how the Democratic Party is about to dramatically shift its…
At this month’s Cato Unbound, we’re talking about school choice, markets, and democracy – with none other than the League’s own Conor Williams.
David Leonhardt is confused about inequality, at least according to his shallow dive into Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Contrary to Matt Yglesias or Richard K. Vedder, Creon Critic argues why its really OK for people to give money to Harvard.
Love is built on trust. But how can trust be built with young children? Kazzy explores…
No. Nope. Absolutely not. I’m sorry, Faith Christian Academy of Orlando, expulsion is exactly the wrong way to respond to the harassment of a student.
I’m doing a class with 7th and 8th graders on leadership and diversity. Today I asked them to brainstorm a list of words they thought of when they heard the phrase “Sexual Orientation”. One girl raised her hand but then stopped herself: “I’m not sure of the word. I don’t think I should say it.”…
There seems to be an inverse relationship between my colleagues’ talent and skills as educators and their desire and willingness to employ authoritarianism and control with the children. I feel like there is something which might be generalized from this, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Thoughts?
We should teach children about the negative effects of smoking. Sorta.
Allison Benedikt accuses her colleagues who send their kids to private school for turning their backs on the promise of public education.
I have a piece up at the Atlantic called “What’s Really Behind the Ever-Rising Cost of Raising a Child in America“. You should go read (and comment) there. To summarize: the cost of raising a child has increased substantially since 1960, but almost all of this increase is in areas such as education and health…