The Tenure Apocalypse
“Jobs for life” are rare and mostly fictitious. Attacks on them obscure the real problems of higher ed.
Slate Voice: “Bitch, I’ll Tell You Why This Sentence Construction Is So Effective”Listen to Katy Waldman read about the perfect sentence construction—and what makes it it’s so powerful.
Slate Voice: “To the Teacher Who Changed My Life”Listen to John Dickerson read about the 10th-grade English teacher who changed his life, and how he got to say “thank you” before his teacher died.
Will the Real Alice K. Colbert Please Stand Up?The busy, busy lives of faculty and students in fake degree programs, as told through stock photos.
A Good Professor Is an Exhausted ProfessorA North Carolina education bill would be a disaster for research and pedagogy.
Value SubtractedGov. Cuomo’s plan to tie teacher evaluations to test scores won’t help our public schools.
Quit Picking on Old ProfessorsBullying boomers into retirement won’t help the sad state of higher education in this country.
Welcome to 13th Grade!Several Oregon high schools are offering a fifth year of high school. Every district should consider it.
Neither a Wallflower Nor a Paris Geller BeThe use and abuse of class participation in the college classroom.
ThrashedFlorida State’s new president is underqualified and mistrusted. But here’s how he can turn it around.
“Alt-Ac” to the Rescue?Humanities Ph.D.s are daring to enjoy their “regular” jobs, and the definition of academic success is changing. Sort of.
Syllabus Tyrannus The decline and fall of the American university is written in 25-page course syllabi.
“My Most Offended Readers Are Ivy-Bound 18-Year-Olds”A conversation with Excellent Sheep author William Deresiewicz.
The Hierarchy of Humanities SchadenfreudeScoffing at academic job-market losers comes from some unexpected places.
The Academy’s Dirty SecretAn astonishingly small number of elite universities produce an overwhelming number of America’s professors.
The Campus Alcohol Problem That Nobody Talks AboutWorried about binge drinkers? Start at the faculty club.
Your Professor Isn’t a Lazy LudditeWhen a college class goes low-tech, students should be delighted, not disappointed.
The Simple Genius of the BlackboardWhy the board-centered classroom is still the best place to teach and learn.
Why Your Cousin With a Ph.D. Is a Basket Case Understanding the Byzantine hiring process that drives academics up the wall.
The Birth of the #FergusonSyllabusIn St. Louis and around the country, professors and students grapple with the lessons of Ferguson.
Beware the Gilderoy Lockharts of the UniversityAny professor who makes students buy his own book is probably an egomaniacal twit.
Spirit GuidesStudents crave emotional mentorship from their teachers that their parents can’t give them. There’s nothing wrong with that.