The New Old Labor CrisisThink being an adjunct professor is hard? Try being a black adjunct professor.
David Brooks’ Polluted “Moral Ecology”A privileged white man professes remorse for smoking pot. But it’s not privileged whites who would pay for his sins.
When Should an Academic Write for Free?Scholars should demand respect for their work. That doesn’t always mean demanding payment.
Failure Is UnderratedOur obsession with graduation rates undermines the true value of community colleges.
Redefining the “Typical” College StudentThey’re older, busier, have more responsibilities. Higher-ed reform should reflect their needs.
Brown Body, White WonderlandTo celebrate herself, Miley Cyrus used other women’s bodies as a joke—women who look like me.
Raising the Floor, Not Just the CeilingTo reform higher ed, we need a federal job guarantee.
2013: The Year America Went Back to CollegeWhy was the media so obsessed with higher ed this year?
No, Rising College Enrollment Is Not a Sign of an Improving EconomyIt might actually be the opposite.
Shutdown in the ClassroomThe bottlenecking of WIC, Head Start, and federal aid will hit many students surprisingly hard.
Whistling Vivaldi Won’t Save YouThe shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell reminds us of the heavy toll of stereotype threat.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse
An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.