The Tenure Apocalypse

“Jobs for life” are rare and mostly fictitious. Attacks on them obscure the real problems of higher ed.

June 30 2015 5:26 PMSlate 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.
June 2 2015 11:11 AMSlate 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.
May 19 2015 6:14 PMWill 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.
April 13 2015 12:29 PMA Good Professor Is an Exhausted ProfessorA North Carolina education bill would be a disaster for research and pedagogy.
March 25 2015 10:50 AMValue SubtractedGov. Cuomo’s plan to tie teacher evaluations to test scores won’t help our public schools.
Jan. 29 2015 4:55 PMTo the Teacher Who Changed My LifeThank you.
Nov. 19 2014 11:45 PMQuit Picking on Old ProfessorsBullying boomers into retirement won’t help the sad state of higher education in this country.
Oct. 22 2014 4:45 PMWelcome to 13th Grade!Several Oregon high schools are offering a fifth year of high school. Every district should consider it.
Oct. 14 2014 4:38 PMNeither a Wallflower Nor a Paris Geller BeThe use and abuse of class participation in the college classroom.
Sept. 30 2014 1:48 PMThrashedFlorida State’s new president is underqualified and mistrusted. But here’s how he can turn it around.
Sept. 18 2014 12:30 PM“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.
Sept. 4 2014 11:00 AMCollege in a BoxTextbook giants are now teaching classes.
Aug. 26 2014 11:42 PMSyllabus Tyrannus The decline and fall of the American university is written in 25-page course syllabi.
Aug. 18 2014 11:01 AM“My Most Offended Readers Are Ivy-Bound 18-Year-Olds”A conversation with Excellent Sheep author William Deresiewicz.
Aug. 14 2014 11:27 AMCease Rogeting Proximately!College students (and adults) sure love the right-click thesaurus. Too bad it makes you sound the opposite of smart.
June 4 2015 5:14 PM“This Is Your Money”Why for-profit colleges are the real welfare queens.
May 22 2015 1:51 PMCollege Students Are Not CustomersThis idiotic political shorthand needs to die, once and for all.
May 15 2015 5:45 PMWhy Not Get Rid of Student Evaluations?The answer requires us to think about power.
April 1 2015 1:20 PMThe Hierarchy of Humanities SchadenfreudeScoffing at academic job-market losers comes from some unexpected places.
Feb. 23 2015 8:00 AMThe Academy’s Dirty SecretAn astonishingly small number of elite universities produce an overwhelming number of America’s professors.
Dec. 4 2014 11:13 AMThe Campus Alcohol Problem That Nobody Talks AboutWorried about binge drinkers? Start at the faculty club.
Oct. 30 2014 11:37 AMYour Professor Isn’t a Lazy LudditeWhen a college class goes low-tech, students should be delighted, not disappointed.
Oct. 15 2014 8:11 AMThe Simple Genius of the BlackboardWhy the board-centered classroom is still the best place to teach and learn.
Oct. 13 2014 3:55 PMThe Zero-Tolerance TrapHow a policy meant to protect a school can ruin students’ lives.
Sept. 23 2014 11:45 PMWhy Your Cousin With a Ph.D. Is a Basket Case Understanding the Byzantine hiring process that drives academics up the wall.
Sept. 8 2014 10:34 AMThe Birth of the #FergusonSyllabusIn St. Louis and around the country, professors and students grapple with the lessons of Ferguson. 
Sept. 1 2014 11:34 PMThe Most Important Figure in School Reform We Never Talk AboutIt’s the principal. 
Aug. 20 2014 11:48 PMBeware the Gilderoy Lockharts of the UniversityAny professor who makes students buy his own book is probably an egomaniacal twit.
Aug. 14 2014 2:20 PMSpirit GuidesStudents crave emotional mentorship from their teachers that their parents can’t give them. There’s nothing wrong with that. 
Aug. 1 2014 11:04 AMABD CompanyWhat’s worse than getting a Ph.D. in today’s job market? Not finishing one.