A Container for Thought
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A Container for Thought
A curation of articles, reflecting my passions as both a learner and an educator.
Curated by Lance W.
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A warning to college profs from a high school teacher

A warning to college profs from a high school teacher | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
"Please do not blame those of us in public schools for how unprepared for higher education the students arriving at your institutions are.
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Keith Wayne Brown's comment, February 11, 2013 12:59 PM
Good stuff.
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Culture, Politics & Pedagogy: A Conversation w/ Henry Giroux

http://www.mediaed.org An active citizen, says the prolific and influential Henry Giroux, is "somebody who has the capacity not only to understand and engage...

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The Biggest Myth About College Graduates and the Recession: Busted

The Biggest Myth About College Graduates and the Recession: Busted | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The downturn didn't wreck the value of a college degree. In fact, it barely dented it.
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Lance W. 's comment, February 10, 2013 4:07 PM
Well, equally as corrosive
Keith Wayne Brown's comment, February 10, 2013 4:19 PM
I agree with you there. They are both corrosive. One is saying, "The sky is falling" because I was hit on the head with a rock. The other is saying, "The sky is not falling because it was just a rock stupid." But nobody is asking, "Who the hell is throwing rocks and why the hell am I the one getting banged on the head?"
Lance W. 's comment, February 10, 2013 4:22 PM
Ha!
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What You Need to Know About the Seattle Teachers' Rebellion and the Deeply Flawed Test That Inspired It

What You Need to Know About the Seattle Teachers' Rebellion and the Deeply Flawed Test That Inspired It | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Tests based on junk science have pushed Seattle's teachers to the edge.
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Which Schools Aren't Lying Their Way to a Higher U.S. News Ranking?

Which Schools Aren't Lying Their Way to a Higher U.S. News Ranking? | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Five colleges have recently been caught cooking admissions statistics in order to secure higher spots in the U.S. News college rankings. As admissions officers come clean about the rankings racket, suspicions about U.S.
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"A survey of 576 college admissions officers conducted by Gallup last summer for the online news outlet Inside Higher Ed found that 91 percent believe other colleges had falsely reported standardized test scores and other admissions data. A few said their own college had done so."

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A critical interview with Henry Giroux

A critical interview with Henry Giroux | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Pedagogy is always political because it is connected to the acquisition of agency. As a political project, critical pedagogy illuminates the relationships among knowledge, authority, and power.
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Brilliant stuff: "As a moral and political practice, education produces the modes of literacy, critique, sense of social responsibility, and civic courage necessary to imbue young people with the knowledge and skills needed to enable them to be engaged critical citizens willing to fight for a sustainable and just society." -Henry Giroux

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Keith Wayne Brown's comment, February 6, 2013 6:53 PM
Perfect contemporary definition of what Plato would have meant by PAIDEIA.
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Stanford moves ahead with plans to radically change humanities doctoral education | Inside Higher Ed

Stanford moves ahead with plans to radically change humanities doctoral education | Inside Higher Ed | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
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Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics - December 3, 2012 - Updated financial data

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics - December 3, 2012 - Updated financial data | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
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It's Time to Stop Validating Ignorance | Big Think TV | Big Think

It's Time to Stop Validating Ignorance | Big Think TV | Big Think | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
"The very fact that enough people are willing to somehow believe that Earth is 6,000 years old," Lawrence Krauss argues, "means we have to do a better job of teaching physics and biology, not a worse job."...
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Open Access: What is it?

Open Access: What is it? | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
A video from PhD Comics. What is PhD Comics? Piled Higher and Deeper – Life (or the lack thereof) in Academia (also known as PhD Comics), is a newspaper and web comic strip written and drawn ...
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#132 Mexican Student Movement Confronts New President

#132 Mexican Student Movement Confronts New President | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
A YouTube video sparks a mass student movement protesting against newly elected President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto.
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Endowments averaged a small loss for the 2012 fiscal year | Inside Higher Ed

Endowments averaged a small loss for the 2012 fiscal year | Inside Higher Ed | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
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California Schools Finance Upgrades by Making the Next Generation Pay

California Schools Finance Upgrades by Making the Next Generation Pay | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The schools are using bonds that delay payment for years, or even decades, but at a much higher overall cost.
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Mexican American Studies Are Back

Mexican American Studies Are Back | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
A federal judge has ordered the Tucson Unified School District to end segregation and implement culturally relevant courses such as the ones taught in the Mexican American Studies Program that were recently banned by an Arizona law.
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Here's Why Tuition Can't Keep Rising

Here's Why Tuition Can't Keep Rising | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Below (via Tyler Cowen) is an important chart from Diana Carew of the Progressive Policy Institute showing the falling earnings of college graduates in the 25-to-34-year-old bracket.
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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken - by Clay Shirky

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken - by Clay Shirky | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as us

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Keith Wayne Brown's curator insight, February 8, 2013 8:36 AM

'If you want to know what college is actually like in this country, skip Google Images, and scroll through the (still heartbreaking) We Are The 99 Percent Tumblr, looking for the keywords "student loan."'

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IRS Warns Colleges Not To Screw Over Adjunct Faculty

IRS Warns Colleges Not To Screw Over Adjunct Faculty | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The Internal Revenue Service put colleges and universities on warning with new proposed rules issued this month, warning them not to skimp when counting the hours adjunct faculty work.
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This headline.

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CUNY adjuncts ask not to be called professors in course syllabuses to highlight working conditions | Inside Higher Ed

CUNY adjuncts ask not to be called professors in course syllabuses to highlight working conditions | Inside Higher Ed | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
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"'Students need to find lasting connections and relationships with faculty, not relationships that are ‘contingent’ on how many sections of ‘Intro’ need to be taught.'"

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Keith Wayne Brown's comment, February 6, 2013 6:52 PM
Amen! I am trying to organize a conference for Adjuncts & Independent Scholars in the North Texas area. Maybe you would like to help out?
Lance W. 's comment, February 6, 2013 6:56 PM
I would indeed like to be a part of that.
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Report: More American Students Going to China for Higher Ed | Education News

Report: More American Students Going to China for Higher Ed | Education News | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
The Ford Foundation’s 2012 Open Doors report, released on January 30, says that an increasing number of American students are going to China to study for credit, as well as for many other study opportunities. The …...

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Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
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Lance W. 's comment, February 6, 2013 6:16 PM
With this story's expanding to broader and broader news outlets, as I've been noticing, it will be very interesting to see how the narrative here will influence the zeal over MOOCs in both venture capitalists' and the public's eyes.
Keith Wayne Brown's comment, February 6, 2013 6:44 PM
I concur. These things are cooling a bit in the eyes of the VCs because they are not seeing a quick enough buy in from the gubment. Most VC investment in such things is tied to how quickly the public dollar can be pulled into the framework.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 2013 6:36 PM

The risk of online education is maintaining high quality education for all students. Calling off the course is commendable.

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Henry Giroux On The Corporatization Of American Education

Henry Giroux is one of the world's top educational thinkers and author of "The Terror of Neoliberalism". Giroux left a Professorship at Penn State University...
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Fantastic interview with Henry Giroux from April 2005 . I stand firmly with Giroux in that the distinction between training and education must be pronounced and proclaimed.

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There's More to Life Than Being Happy

There's More to Life Than Being Happy | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
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"A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the 'why' for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any 'how.'" -Viktor Frankl

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Keith Wayne Brown's curator insight, February 2, 2013 11:50 PM

Happiness as we understand it today is little more than a drive to achieve temporary pleasures. Among the great sages, it was finding meaning... sense & conception, knowledge & idea that last beyond the gaining of a fleeting pleasure. I am delighted to see that this wisdom--rediscovered by the likes of Victor Frankl, Karl Jaspers, & Erwin Straus--once again is becoming the focus of our research on the Good Life. 

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Why Geeks Get Bullied (It's Not Necessarily for Being Geeks)

Why Geeks Get Bullied (It's Not Necessarily for Being Geeks) | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Privilege, class, and gender are bigger factors than some want to admit.
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A great article, which is exceptionally illuminating to me as I recall fluctuating between gender roles during my own childhood, as both the aggressive male and the effeminate male.

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Daily Show: Exclusive - Al Gore Extended Interview Pt. 4

Daily Show: Exclusive - Al Gore Extended Interview Pt. 4 | A Container for Thought | Scoop.it
Al Gore discusses spider-goats and American democracy.
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