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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

“You’re the Top”

In what passes for “business” these days, institutions of any sort become potential cash cows for those at the top, structures allowing extraction of wealth while providing a minimum in return. … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

When Capitalism Calls the Shots, We All Lose

In a news story about the move by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System toward deleting 46 degree programs, Steven Long, one of the members of … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Just Soft Machines

Replace “technologies” with “reforms” and “economic” with “educational,” in Paul Krugman’s New York Times column today and he could be writing about our schools and colleges. He claims, “the whole … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Future of Teaching and the Machine

In my review for the current issue of Academe of Bill Ferster’s new book , Teaching Machines: Learning from the Intersection of Technology and Education, I write, “Ferster presents three great but distinct advantages to … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Logical End of For-Profit, Online Education

The best way to ensure at least some value to education is through time-defined study under monitored face-to-face supervision. Education can certainly happen otherwise; it can even end up being not … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

AAUP Investigation Report: Felician College

From the Conclusions of the report, “Academic Freedom and Tenure: Felician College (New Jersey)”, May, 2015: In terminating the appointments of sixteen fulltime faculty members, seven of whom sought the … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

AAUP Investigation Results: The University of South Maine

From the Conclusions of the report, “Academic Freedom and Tenure: The University of South Maine” of May, 2015: In terminating the appointments of sixty of the 250 full-time faculty members … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Death of the Mentor

In the best of all possible worlds, my students end the semester with renewed interest in learning. Having developed a commitment to improving their communication skills, their writing eclipses what … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

The U.S. Department of Education Should Be Held Accountable for Failure to Regulate Predatory For-Profit Colleges

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
For years, for-profit “colleges” have been criticized for false promises and preying on veterans, low-income students, and students of color. Congressional efforts to…

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Let’s Stop Blaming “Culture” for Poverty

“Rich families are all alike; every poor family is poor in its own way.” Writers on poverty in America might want to inscribe this over their computers. Even those should … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 1 Comment
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