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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

The Ideal of the American University: A Primer (Part 2)

“It need scarcely be pointed out that the freedom which is the subject of this report is that of the teacher,” says the 1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

From Great Universities to “Knowledge Factories”: Another American Institution in Decline

Thomas Frank, perhaps best known for What’s the Matter with Kansas?, an examination of America’s new conservatism, has an article in Salon, “The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Ideal of the American University: A Primer

At its idealistic best, the traditional vision of American higher education was one of beauty, dynamism and diversity. With undergraduate students able to take courses from as many as 40 … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

College for Whom?

When my father got out of the army at the end of WWII, one of the colleges he applied to was Oberlin. A good school, it wasn’t far from home; … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

“If He Wants to Wreck It, He Can”

In an article today on the debacle at The New Republic, journalist (and former TNR staffer) Michael Kinsley is quoted in reference to new owner Chris Hughes, “It’s his magazine, and if he wants … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Refuse to be standardized and scripted”: A Book Review

The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges the Gates Foundation by Anthony Cody (New York: Garn Press, 2014). Though this book may have been sparked by an exchange between an … Continue reading

December 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Reichman in the CUNY PSC “Clarion”

A version of Hank Reichman’s August post “Usual Suspects Saying the Usual Things: Critiquing the Schmidt Report” has appeared in the December, 2014 issue of the Clarion, the monthly newspaper of … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review: More than a Score

“Non-negotiable.” From Texas legislators adding new standardized tests to David Coleman defending his Common Core State Standards, that’s how education “reformers” present their changes. After all, they know better than … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

So, We Should Teach to the Test?

In an exasperating article on the op-ed page of The New York Times today, science writer Benedict Carey argues for the benefit of testing, conflating all types from yearly standardized tests … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

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