Rebecca Schuman Rebecca Schuman

Rebecca Schuman is an education columnist for Slate.

Brow Beat
Sept. 11 2014 4:30 PMDear Professors: Please Don’t Respond to the Mean Things Students Say About You Online
Aug. 26 2014 11:42 PMSyllabus Tyrannus The decline and fall of the American university is written in 25-page course syllabi.
Brow Beat
Aug. 20 2014 1:35 PMIf You Think You’re Too Jaded to Be Shocked by This New Movie, You’re Wrong
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.
Aug. 5 2014 10:59 AMStrongest Possible EndorsementA funny and lacerating novel of academia written in the form of letters of recommendation. 
Brow Beat
July 31 2014 9:33 AMThis Brilliant Amazon Parody Proves That Germans Really Do Have a Sense of Humor
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July 22 2014 3:56 PMGermans Love Getting Naked at the Beach. So Should We.
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July 14 2014 11:16 AMWhy Did This Famous Marxist Philosopher Plagiarize a White Supremacist Magazine?
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June 26 2014 9:02 AMDear U.S. Dept. of Education, Here’s How to Use Memes Without Offending Everyone
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June 16 2014 1:13 PMThe Clever Stunt Four Professors Just Pulled to Expose the Outrageous Pay Gap in Academia
June 6 2014 10:36 AMBard’s Better Admissions ApplicationForget the Common App. Write four good essays for Bard College and you’re in.
May 29 2014 3:25 PMThe Study-Abroad ScamToo many programs take your money but give you little in return— or enrich your skimming university. Here’s how to choose the right one.
May 21 2014 3:28 PMFree to Be a JerkAcademic freedom means no professor’s career should suffer because of political beliefs—even if they’re obnoxious.
Brow Beat
May 13 2014 9:07 AMWill Banning Frats Cut Down on Assault and Destructive Partying?
May 5 2014 2:07 PMDeskside MannerReal doctors now focus on empathy as well as diagnosis. Should Ph.D.s, too?
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. 
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. 18 2014 11:01 AM“My Most Offended Readers Are Ivy-Bound 18-Year-Olds”A conversation with Excellent Sheep author William Deresiewicz.
Brow Beat
Aug. 6 2014 8:32 AMAngela Merkel’s Been Wearing the Same Amazing Tunic for 18 Years
Aug. 1 2014 11:04 AMABD CompanyWhat’s worse than getting a Ph.D. in today’s job market? Not finishing one.
July 22 2014 6:52 PMInterminable DegreesIs the future of higher education a program from which you can never graduate?
July 15 2014 11:32 PMRevise and Resubmit!Peer review is slow. It’s unhelpful. It’s generally awful. Here’s how to fix it.
July 6 2014 11:45 PMHands Off Your Grad Students!Yes, you’re consenting adults. But you’re harming your department, your discipline, and mentors everywhere.
June 25 2014 2:27 PM“Do You Have a Plan to Harm Yourself or Anyone Else?”A professor confronts a disturbing student.
June 15 2014 7:45 PMIn Defense of Laptops in the ClassroomSure, that student may be on Facebook instead of listening to the lecture. But he’s in college—let him make his own mistakes.
Brow Beat
June 2 2014 3:12 PMThis Superstar Professor Calls Students “Boring Idiots” and People Worship Him. Enough Already.
May 28 2014 12:07 PMBring On the SledgehammerPresident Obama’s college ratings plan is widely hated by the higher-ed status quo. That’s why it’s so promising.
May 14 2014 11:57 AMConfessions of a Grade InflatorBetween the grubbing and the blubbering, grading fairly is just not worth the fight.
May 12 2014 9:30 AMSave Our StacksIt’s not about the books. It’s about the books representing the last place on campus where intellectual contemplation thrives.
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April 30 2014 3:57 PMFinally, a Website That Uses Math to Make Your Difficult Decisions For You




Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Altered State
Sept. 17 2014 11:51 PM The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 17 2014 11:48 PM Spanking Is Great for Sex Which is why it’s grotesque for parenting.
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?