Rebecca Schuman Rebecca Schuman

Rebecca Schuman is an education columnist for Slate.

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. 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.
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
Brow Beat
July 22 2014 3:56 PMGermans Love Getting Naked at the Beach. So Should We.
Brow Beat
July 14 2014 11:16 AMWhy Did This Famous Marxist Philosopher Plagiarize a White Supremacist Magazine?
Brow Beat
June 26 2014 9:02 AMDear U.S. Dept. of Education, Here’s How to Use Memes Without Offending Everyone
Brow Beat
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?




Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Learns That Breaking Up a Country Is Hard to Do

Are You Attending the People’s Climate March? Nine Reasons You Should.

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 1:38 PM The Gaffe Police Are Back to Make Politics Glib and Boring
Sept. 19 2014 12:09 PM How Accelerators Have Changed Startup Funding
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Why Men Never Remember Anything
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PM Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 12:38 PM Forward, March! Nine leading climate scientists urge you to attend the People’s Climate March.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 12:13 PM The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola  The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.