Week Links in Education: Jan. 7

Stories and essays, particularly related to education in the United States, that caught my attention this week. A 🕛 symbol indicates a known metered paywall.

The secret to success in college, wrote 🕛 Jonathan Malesic, is almost too obvious to mention.

Professors in Florida, especially scholars who don’t have tenure, talked about the specific chilling effects of that state’s educational gag law, which was enacted in 2022.

The “‘godfather’ of human rights” reportedly was blocked 🕛 from a position at Harvard’s Kennedy School last year for his criticism of Israeli policy.

The man who organized the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scheme was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

The chair of the history department at Annapolis, Tom McCarthy, explained 🕛 why every student at the U.S. Naval Academy takes at least three history courses.

What is #ReceptioGate, and why does it have medievalists in an uproar on social media? This week, Charlotte Gauthier tried to explain. Peter Burger posted a more detailed account in Dutch.

Many museums have followed the lead of the Museum of Modern Art in developing programs especially for visitors with dementia.

Joan Steidl discussed what it’s like to return to college at 65 years old.

The U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights office received almost 19,000 🕛 discrimination complaints during the last fiscal year, an all-time record.

Curriculum publishers face newly restrictive state laws as they try to develop more inclusive materials.

In Houston, a study of 16,000 students tallied the benefits of making schooling less hellish. Improved access to arts education had no short-term effect on math, reading, or science scores—but did correspond with improvement in student engagement, academic ambition, and disciplinary records.

By the time students arrive in college, their tendency to choose friends and study partners based on ethnic and gender similarity is already engrained.