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Aristotle and the Vulcan Death Grip

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All Trekkies are familiar with Mr. Spock’s method of hand-to-hand combat. Even non-Trekkies like me (my Star Trek knowledge being limited to memories of reruns watched on TV when I was a kid), reme...
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The Liberal Education Reform Revolt | JacobinMag.com

The Liberal Education Reform Revolt | JacobinMag.com | Liberal Education | Scoop.it

An eloquent call to “reclaim the conversation” challenges leading liberal educators to repudiate their involvement in what’s being called “corporate school reform.” We finally see liberal activists opposing the bipartisan education project that has subjected school and teachers to “free market” policies. Liberals are starting to contest privatization, testing, and attacks on teacher unions, rather than accepting neoliberal assumptions and policies taken wholesale from right-wing think tanks and functions.

 

Since last fall’s Chicago teachers strike, we’ve seen an acceleration of critique in traditionally liberal media about school reform — from Teach for America to charter schools and Michelle Rhee. There’s even been a whiff of real reporting in the New York Times on the common core curriculum. Why did liberals urge teachers unions to back down on contractual issues that protect kids and miss what the unions should have been doing, like mobilizing their members?

 

And why do liberals who expose what’s wrong with standardized testing, as John Merrow has, continue to propagandize for charter schools, ignoring compelling research about the educational devastation in New Orleans because of “charterization”?

 

To be fair, liberals have not been alone in their confusion about policies cloaked in the rhetoric used by the civil rights movement about equalizing educational opportunity. The pace of change in education has been breathtaking, schools and teachers battered by the speed and force of mandates. The most profound changes in education were made more enticing with the carrot of increased funding. Cash-strapped school districts and states couldn’t turn down extra money they received as a quid pro quo for adopting the stranglehold of testing and privatization required by “No Child Left Behind” and, more recently, “Race to the Top.”  Still, for way too long, liberals assumed that schools could be “fixed” without tackling social and economic inequality.

 

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Can MOOCs Work with Liberal Arts?

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We plan to offer the first of WellesleyX courses in fall 2013, with others to follow in spring 2014 or thereafter. These offerings will not only provide opportunities to those who might not otherwise be able to afford or access a liberal arts education, but will also benefit on-campus students and alumnae. By partnering with other education leaders, Wellesley hopes to help shape the rapidly evolving online learning environment, as well as to explore ways to incorporate technology creatively and effectively in the classroom.


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 27, 2013 7:07 AM

Andrew Shennan is provost and dean of Wellesley College.


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The Value of the Liberal Arts - Huffington Post

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The Value of the Liberal Arts
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The New York Times has saved me the trouble of further justifying why a liberal arts education, and particularly a degree like English, is worthwhile.
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Vocational education not the go-to answer - Oakland Press

Vocational education not the go-to answer
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Teaching students “what to do with a living” is the purpose of a liberal education — the term is unrelated to liberalism.
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Youth Are Losing Their Freedom - Willingly

Youth Are Losing Their Freedom - Willingly | Liberal Education | Scoop.it
It doesn’t take a law passed by Congress or a DOJ investigation to remove Freedom from an individual. Sometimes there are subtle ways to convince the individual that they don’t need a particular as...
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The Relevance of an Independent College Education: Inclusive Professional Preparation | Notre Dame College

The Relevance of an Independent College Education: Inclusive Professional Preparation | Notre Dame College | Liberal Education | Scoop.it
Liberal arts, professional studies: not an either/or proposition (Nick Santilli, Notre Came College) http://t.co/O6hopNLynn
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MOOCs and the Liberal Arts: Threat or Opportunity?

MOOCs and the Liberal Arts: Threat or Opportunity? | Liberal Education | Scoop.it
Teaching the content of a liberal arts education could become the preserve of a small cadre of online educational superstars housed at the great universities that have the means to recruit them and provide support to develop top-notch courses.

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Times Higher Education - The importance of being useless

"So, what contribution can the contemporary Canutes now make to the idea of liberal arts education in the UK? First, liberal arts degrees return us to the question of the dominance of subject-based study in UK university education. This approach ensures that only academic subjects, and never learning, are ends in themselves. It means, among many other things, that questions provoked in learning are not invited to transgress subject - and this also means professional - identities. But where there is learning for its own sake, the questions raised and pursued demand the right to roam; and the right to roam, to ramble, is a fundamental question of freedom, of the art of libertas."

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The Higher Education Scandal - RealClearPolitics

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The Higher Education Scandal
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It offers a liberal arts education typical of the best available in America today.
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Career Prep and the Liberal Arts - Huffington Post

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Career Prep and the Liberal Arts Huffington Post The AAC&U report, It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success, summarizes a recent survey of business and nonprofit leaders, three-quarters of whom would...
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The Decline of the Humanities—and Civilization - The New Republic

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The Decline of the Humanities—and Civilization
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And companies and the armed services complain that Americans are ill-educated for the work that needs doing.
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Liberal Arts And Humanities Education Who Is Right Bill Gates Or The Late Steve Jobs by Vivek Wadhwa and other Articles Contributed by Indians (India) Community in seattle Area, seattle Indian (India)

Liberal Arts And Humanities Education Who Is Right Bill Gates Or The Late Steve Jobs by Vivek Wadhwa and other Articles Contributed by Indians (India) Community in seattle Area, seattle Indian (India) | Liberal Education | Scoop.it
Liberal Arts And Humanities Education Who Is Right Bill Gates Or The Late Steve Jobs by Vivek Wadhwa and other Articles Contributed by Indians (India) Community in seattle Area, seattle Indian (India) (Liberal Arts And Humanities Education Who Is ...
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