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Slavoj Žižek: "Most of the idiots I know are academics"

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Luke Massey talks to the cultural theorist and ideas machine about Obama, stupidity and his favourite quasi-fascist industrial metal outfit - Rammstein.

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A curation of articles, reflecting my passions as both a learner and an educator.
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Poverty in the Ivory Tower

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This post is a modified and expanded version of a post that originally appeared on my personal blog. I went to an awesome small conference a few years ago. The location was gorgeous, I got my own r...
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Aha's Ahead

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Epiphanies are hard to measure, but the humanities regularly inspire them.
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Jeff Schmidt's 'Disciplined Minds' reviewed by Brian Martin

Why aren’t there more radical teachers? Is it just the difficulty of being radical in a system built around compulsion, discipline, conformity, and reproduction of the class structure? Or is part of the problem the way that people become teachers? Indeed, why is it that so many educational radicals were never formally trained as teachers?


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When Students Are Treated Like Customers, Racism and Sexism Win Out

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Shannon Gibney is a professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). When that’s your job, there are a lot of opportunities to talk about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history.
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Spot-on: "Learning is—should often be—uncomfortable for individuals"

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Anti-fracking clashes in Romania as activists break into Chevron site (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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Hundreds of protesters have broken into a Chevron site after the US oil giant resumed its search for shale gas in northeast Romania. RT’s Lucy Kafanov reports from the scene, where clashes ensued as riot police started streaming in.
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Is there such a thing as moral expertise?

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Good question, right? I’ve been thinking more about it for a few weeks now as a result of an interesting talk by Gopal Sreenivasan (Duke University) entitled “Moral expertise and the proto-authority of affect,” which he gave at CUNY’s Graduate...
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Revisionaries: John Birch Society Is Alive, Well, and Rewriting Texas Textbooks

Revisionaries: John Birch Society Is Alive, Well, and Rewriting Texas Textbooks | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
If you have kids in school, you will want to keep an eye on their textbooks. It's possible they'll need some serious rewrites.
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Cut the University President’s Salary? Nix the Climbing Wall? Nah—Axe 18 Academic Departments Instead.

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Two universities, both alike in dignity and budget shortfalls, In fair America where we lay our scene. From not-so-ancient grudge against actually learning at college to new mutiny, Where drastic cuts make administrators’ hands unclean.
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Tilting at Gas Wells: What's the Best Way to Defend Your Community from Fracking?

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The most effective fracking bans may be the ones that make the fewest rights claims.
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Study: Texting Erodes Writing Skills? RU Kidding Me? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

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New research from two nations finds university students who text frequently have no problem switching over to formal English.

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Susan Kay Daniels's curator insight, January 22, 2014 5:09 AM

Well, this is good news. Students who text frequently switch to formal English easily! In observing young people who text, as well as my own texting skills, it requires quick thinking and nimble thumbs. I feel compelled to tell you about my five year old grandson Luke. One of his imitations of his mother was to hold a little play cell phone while his thumbs went crazy! LOL!

 

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Home - Campaign for the Future of Higher Education

Campaign for the Future of Higher Education was launched to guarantee affordable quality higher education is accessible to all sectors of our society.
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Study: Student Data Not Safe in the Cloud

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It used to be that failing a math test in the fourth grade wouldn’t haunt you long after you graduated (even if it might get you grounded). No longer.   American schools are migrating online, providing parents with real-time academic results.
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How Wall Street Power Brokers Are Designing the Future of Public Education as a Money-Making Machine

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Why are Wall Street types investing in local school board elections? Just follow the money.
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From a Million MOOC Users, a Few Early Research Results

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Preliminary results of a study of 16 massive open online courses offered through the University of Pennsylvania show that only a small percentage of people who start the courses finish them—and that, on average, only half of those who register for the courses even watch the first lecture.


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An Obituary for the Letter E | Underwire | Wired.com

An Obituary for the Letter E | Underwire | Wired.com | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The letter E, the influential vowel and one of the most frequently used letters in the English language, died yesterday. The vowel was 2,800 years old.
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MOOCs as Neocolonialism: Who Controls Knowledge?

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:33 PM

"Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are the latest effort to harness information technology for higher education. While they are still in a nascent stage of development, many in academe are enthusiastic about their potential to be an inexpensive way of delivering an education to vast audiences.

 

 

 

Yet one aspect of the MOOC movement has not been fully analyzed: who controls the knowledge. MOOCs are largely an American-led effort, and the majority of the courses available so far come from universities in the United States or other Western countries. Universities and educators in less-developed regions of the world are climbing onto the MOOC bandwagon, but it is likely that they will be using the technology, pedagogical ideas, and probably significant parts of the content developed elsewhere. In this way, the online courses threaten to exacerbate the worldwide influence of Western academe, bolstering its higher-education hegemony."

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"Neither knowledge nor pedagogy is neutral ... Those responsible for creating, designing, and delivering MOOC courses do not seek to impose their values or methodologies on others; influence happens organically and without conspiracies. A combination of powerful academic cultures, the location of the main creators and disseminators of MOOCs, and the orientation of most of those creating and teaching MOOCs ensures the domination of the largely English-speaking academic systems."

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Three white college students file racial discrimination complaint against professor over lesson on structural racism

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One of the students allegedly asked professor Shannon Gibney, "Why do we have to talk about this?" VIDEO
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How Academia Sometimes Behaves Like a Drug Cartel

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This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed. It's the season of preparation for big disciplinary meetings—and for the job interviews that take place there.
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Teaching While Black and Blue

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I. I am waiting for a letter to arrive in the mail. It will be short, no more than one page, and will be covered in black ink, with the occasional flourish of institutional logo.
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