Week Links in Education: Dec. 3

Some of the 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 parents of a soccer goalie who died by suicide say Stanford University contributed to her death by punishing her for defending a teammate from sexual assault.

Almost two thirds of the anti-trans bills introduced in state legislatures in 2022 target schools.

Remote learning accounts for only part 🕛 of the educational damage caused by the pandemic.

At the University of Michigan, the director of the FBI defended federal investigations of American scholars’ relationships with Chinese academics.

Facebook and Reddit groups may be hampering the police investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students.

Week Links in Education: Nov. 26

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


Graduate students around the world are losing faith in their career prospects.

A jury awarded 🕛 an Auburn University economist $646,000 after the university punished him for speaking publicly about foundation money and the football team.

Sierra Leone has dedicated nearly a quarter of its national budget to education. The president called it “an existential issue.”

Rhitu Chatterjee remembered a Thanksgiving twenty years ago when a student forgot her homesickness.

In a predominantly white community in North Jersey, a grownup called the police, “scared” by a Black fourth grader’s interest in science.

A team of researchers found that racial and ethnic disparities in advanced math and science skills emerge by kindergarten.

In Orlando, a teacher got a student loan bill for $955,000.

An 11-year-old boy who dreams of joining the University of Michigan marching band got a surprise.

Week Links in Education: Nov. 19

Some of the 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 FBI thinks most of this year’s racist threats against HBCUs were the work of just one minor.

A court released the Salvadoran army colonel who organized the assassinations of eight people, mostly Jesuit priests, at José Simeón Cañas Central American University in 1989.

At St. Petersburg Polytechnical University in 2009, a tall man approached an economics student after class and introduced himself as a friend of the instructor. He wanted to propose a business arrangement.

Yale University is rich, but it’s a bad place 🕛 to be a student in a mental health crisis. (This article discusses self-harm, sexual assault, and suicide.)

The law schools at Yale and Harvard will no longer 🕛 participate in U.S. News rankings.

In Virginia, the state board of education “punted” its decision about a chaotic 🕛 proposed revision to the state’s standards for K-12 history.

In Pennsylvania, the state education department released new standards for antiracist training in teacher education programs.

In Florida, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction against “dystopian” provisions of the state’s educational gag law.

Scholars at the Gilder Lehrman Center discussed 🕛 the challenges and benefits of designing “pluralistic” U.S. history courses.

American colleges espousing environmentalism often run on relatively dirty campus power plants.

Britain’s new higher education minister affirmed that giving opportunities to disadvantaged students is a legitimate main purpose of the university system.

Researchers found that the overall well-being of the American K-12 teaching profession has been falling since 2010 after two decades of stability.

Eastern University, a Baptist institution, was suspended from the evangelical Council for Christian Colleges and Universities after deciding not to discriminate against LGBTQ employees.

Week Links in Education: Nov. 12

Some of the stories and essays, particularly related to education in the United States, that caught my attention this week. A 🕛 symbol indicates a known metered paywall. A ⏳ symbol indicates availability for a limited time.


Sold a Story is a true crime podcast about how education consultants killed American reading skills.

A middle school in Pasadena now bears the name of its most famous student. Nadra Nittle tells the story of Octavia E. Butler Magnet.

A college student once asked Octavia Butler how to stop the catastrophes her fiction prophesied. She had good news and bad news.

Last weekend, the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business; and the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford University; and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Toronto who has six million YouTube subscribers; and the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania; and the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law Emerita at New York Law School held an invitation-only event in the Bay Area to talk with Peter Thiel about what it’s like to be silenced 🕛 in academia.

Contrary to myth, college improves other students’ opinions of evangelical Christians.

Gender bias in student evaluations of teaching worsens 🕛 over time.

When schools around Boston lifted their mask mandates, it led to an extra 45 covid cases per 1,000 students and workers during the next four months.

Promising that “Oklahoma won’t go woke,” the state superintendent of education, now elected for a full term by voters, has a plan for history teachers.

American historians may not be able to end nationalism through their work, argues Eran Zelnik, but it’s also a mistake to think they can tame it.

In Kansas, someone pledged a matching gift of up to $500 million if McPherson College can raise $250 million by June. It would be the largest-ever single donation to a small liberal arts college.

In my day, Batman: The Animated Series was essential after-school and weekend viewing. Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman, died this week at the age of 66.

Week Links in Education: Nov. 5

Some of the stories and essays, particularly related to education in the United States, that caught my attention this week. A 🕛 symbol indicates a known metered paywall. A ⏳ symbol indicates availability for a limited time.


Three weeks after claiming he knew of a school that installed a litter box for a furry, Joe Rogan admitted it wasn’t true.

Last week’s NAEP scores don’t reflect an educational emergency, writes 🕛 Jay Caspian Kang. They expose Americans’ fear that our children will live worse than we did.

Across the University of California system, UAW locals representing 48,000 academic workers voted to authorize a strike.

Collin College, a noted bastion of free speech, has settled with a professor it fired for saying she worked there.

The U.S. Department of Education plans to make life easier for student borrowers.

The Supreme Court heard arguments in cases that will let the Republican majority ban race-conscious college admissions.

About half the respondents in a recent survey think the Dobbs ruling will influence where they go to medical school.

Do America’s K-12 teachers believe civics education should be “content-free”? Rick Hess is worried 🕛 about a RAND study.

To break a strike, the government of Ontario plans to fine teachers $4,000 per day.

In Brazil, many young people see the presidential victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as a win for education.

Adele wants to study English literature. That makes sense, writes Andrea Busfield. By the way, you’re saying her name wrong.

In Arizona, the future of public education is the one-room schoolhouse.

Anxiety doesn’t make you worse at taking tests, according to research on German medical students. But it does interfere with studying.

The outcome of America’s nationwide elections on Tuesday could hinge on relatively inactive voters who care deeply about local education.

Week Links in Education: Oct. 29

I’m going to try to start compiling some of the stories and essays, particularly related to education in the United States, that catch my attention each week. Linking does not necessarily imply endorsement. This is an experiment that will be abandoned if it bores me.

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This summer, a Koch Industries executive became the president of Emporia State University. A month later, ESU began firing tenured professors. Was it a political purge?

In Germany, states that let 16-year-olds vote see higher turnout among 20-somethings, too.

The AHA’s annual awards in the field of teaching recognized Zachary M. Schrag (George Mason University), Katie Stringer Clary (Coastal Carolina University), Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School, and Orli Kleiner (Brooklyn Technical High School). Nominations for next year’s awards should be submitted to the American Historical Association by May 15, 2023.

Jeanne Theoharis gathered middle- and high-school teachers to come up with lessons related to The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks.

“Right now,” says the Uvalde teacher falsely accused of leaving open a door, “I’m lost.”

A man from Alabama posed as a pre-med student (’25) at Stanford for the last year and a half.

“The problem isn’t that [the academic canon wars] went too far”, writes 🕛 John Michael Colón. “It would be better to say that they stopped too soon.”

This week, the artist sometimes known as Kanye West may or may not have closed his Donda Academy, sometimes known as a school.

The Prevent surveillance program, which targets Muslims in British schools and universities, violates European law, according to an NGO report issued this week.

The new season of Slate’s podcast One Year focuses on 1942. This week, “The Year Everyone Got Married” ⏳ profiles Millie and Leo Summergrad—along with nearly two million other couples who married, often right out of school, as young Americans went off to war.

College football and traumatic brain injury: What did the NCAA know, when did it know it, and why have the records disappeared?

About those fallen NAEP reading and math scores, says 🕛 Jay Wamsted, “I cannot stress the level to which I do not care.”

A Democratic Rationale for Public Higher Education

It is not enough to see to it that education is not actively used as an instrument to make easier the exploitation of one class by another. School facilities must be secured of such amplitude and efficiency as will in fact and not simply in name discount the effects of economic inequalities, and secure to all the wards of the nation equality of equipment for their future careers. Accomplishment of this end demands not only adequate administrative provision of school facilities, and such supplementation of family resources as will enable youth to take advantage of them, but also such modification of traditional ideals of culture, traditional subjects of study and traditional methods of teaching and discipline as will retain all the youth under educational influences until they are equipped to be masters of their own economic and social careers.

— John Dewey, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education (New York: Macmillan, 1916), 114

“Finding New Angles at Which to Enter Reality”

It should be said, first of all, that description is itself a political act. … Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.

— Salman Rushdie, “Imaginary Homelands,” London Review of Books (Oct. 7, 1982)

“It’s Made Me a Very Proud German”

In this short video, Katharina Matro, a high school teacher who works in Maryland but grew up in Germany, reflects on the benefits of confronting hard truths about the national past. The video was recorded for the American Historical Association’s “Teaching History with Integrity” project.

Matro refers in this video to a great line in the 2020 memorial address by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the president of Germany: “This country can only be loved with a broken heart.”

History’s Half-Finished Sentences

The heroes of history are so decked out by the fine fancy of the professed historian; they talk in such measured prose, and act from such sublime or such diabolical motives, that few have sufficient taste, wickedness, or heroism, to sympathise in their fate. Besides, there is much uncertainty even in the best authenticated ancient or modern histories; and that love of truth, which in some minds is innate and immutable, necessarily leads to a love of secret memoirs and private anecdotes.

We cannot judge either of the feelings or of the characters of men with perfect accuracy, from their actions or their appearance in public; it is from their careless conversations, their half-finished sentences, that we may hope with the greatest probability of success to discover their real character.

— Maria Edgeworth, author’s preface to Castle Rackrent, 1800 (paragraph break added for clarity)