Rebecca Schuman Rebecca Schuman

Rebecca Schuman is an education columnist for Slate.

Education
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.
Education
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.
Education
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. 
Education
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.
Education
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
Education
Aug. 1 2014 11:04 AMABD CompanyWhat’s worse than getting a Ph.D. in today’s job market? Not finishing one.
Education
July 22 2014 6:52 PMInterminable DegreesIs the future of higher education a program from which you can never graduate?
Education
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.
Education
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.
Education
June 25 2014 2:27 PM“Do You Have a Plan to Harm Yourself or Anyone Else?”A professor confronts a disturbing student.
Education
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.
Education
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.
Education
May 14 2014 11:57 AMConfessions of a Grade InflatorBetween the grubbing and the blubbering, grading fairly is just not worth the fight.
Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2014 5:45 PMThe University of California Corrects “Injustice” by Paying Rich Executives Even More
Brow Beat
Sept. 11 2014 4:30 PMDear Professors: Please Don’t Respond to the Mean Things Students Say About You Online
Education
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
Education
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.
Books
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
Education
June 6 2014 10:36 AMBard’s Better Admissions ApplicationForget the Common App. Write four good essays for Bard College and you’re in.
Education
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.
Education
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?

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