Week Links in Education: Dec. 24

A supersized Hanukkah-Christmas edition of the stories and essays, particularly related to education in the United States, that caught my attention this week. A 🕛 symbol indicates a known or likely metered paywall.

In a speech at the national archives in The Hague, the Dutch prime minister apologized for his nation’s role in colonial slavery, promising to create a €200 million fund for related research, education, and memorial initiatives.

In west central Illinois, a public school for 65 students with disabilities calls the police every other day. The Garrison School has the highest student arrest rate in the United States.

In Alabama, the superintendent of the Monroe County public schools built a new extension to the school-to-prison pipeline by inviting state prison guards to raid his schools in an unsuccessful search for drugs.

American prisons ban at least 54,000 books.

The prosperity enjoyed by “first-generation locals” in Denmark is determined by parents’ socioeconomic backgrounds more than their immigrant status.

Why is college so expensive? The authors of a forthcoming book summarize 🕛 their findings. Their answer looks back in time a long way.

Free after 23 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Adnan Syed has a job at Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative.

Steven Mintz wondered 🕛 what humanities professors should offer their students in an age when they cannot, in good conscience, encourage them to seek a similar career—because that career no longer exists.

As Russia’s attack on Ukraine began, 18-year-old Yevhen Kryvoruchko and his mother took shelter with 300 other people at their local school in Kharkiv, while 🕛 Yarik Slyusar spent his 16th birthday vowing to become a lawyer and take Russia to The Hague.

Bryan Alexander introduced me to the useful term “queen sacrifice” as a metaphor for what happens when desperate colleges and universities try to save themselves by destroying their academic programs and firing their faculty members.

In Afghanistan, after the Taliban banned women from universities, some women protested—risking arrest and beatings—and some male professors and students are reported to have stopped work.

The most isolating years of the COVID-19 pandemic left behind both apathy and atrophied “school muscles” among high schoolers.

There’s no consensus yet on the causes of the teen mental health crisis—but it started long before the pandemic, and everyone in the relevant professions can see it happening.

One part of our recipe for anxiety: Americans grow up like Italians but go away to university like Germans.

Since the University of Montana created the position of tribal outreach specialist in the president’s office in 2018, the university has enjoyed ​​a 24% increase in Native American enrollment.

America’s crisis 🕛 of high-quality child care is only beginning.

On the other hand, things are looking up for the nation’s manufacturers of child-sized coffins.

California State University, Chico, is in turmoil over the university’s lenient treatment of a biologist who has been accused not only of sexual misconduct but also of planning to kill 🕛 his coworkers.

The American Historical Association is conducting 🕛 a comprehensive two-year research project to determine what U.S. secondary students are really being taught about history.

Week Links in Education: Dec. 17

Some of the stories and essays, particularly related to education in the United States, that caught my attention this week.

More than 70 years after starting college, Joyce DeFauw has earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University. Her advice to others: “Don’t give up.”

Thousands of high school students, typically at predominantly Black and Hispanic schools, are being enrolled involuntarily in JROTC programs.

Several University of California campuses have been “inexcusably” slow repatriating thousands of Native American remains and artifacts.

Seven former students said they endured sexual harassment by Philip Dybvig, who shared this year’s Nobel Prize for economics. Dybvig’s lawyer said he has been questioned by the Title IX office at Washington University in St. Louis.

College students are back in physical classrooms—but are they really present anymore?

State governments are depriving rural college students of access to the arts and sciences.

Rob Taber described how he reconceptualized his early world history survey course by ending not around 1500 or 1600, as most instructors do, but at 1763.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities—reestablished this autumn after lapsing five years ago—has a new executive director in Tsione Wolde-Michael.

Week Links in Education: Dec. 10

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.

Decades ago, when Congress created the bank-based student loan system, it relied on guaranty agencies as go-betweens. Now those middlemen are standing in the way of student debt forgiveness.

The Government Accountability Office says 91% of American colleges don’t disclose the full net price of attendance when they offer financial aid packages.

The crisis of mental health among American youth is bad. Really bad. 🕛

Youki Terada and Stephen Merrill compiled a list of ten 2022 education studies you need to read.

Teacher shortages aren’t caused by an insufficient number of qualified teachers.

The fall term is ending in chaos because the University of California can’t function without its 48,000 striking workers. Which is kind of the point.

Being a faculty member watching the New School’s administration mishandle its labor crisis, writes McKenzie Wark, is “like being stuck inside an episode of The Office.”

Meanwhile, a group of New School students announced an occupation of the University Center on Thursday in solidarity with striking teachers.

Until recently, two high schools in New England used Confederate imagery to represent themselves. (This article is republished from 2015.)

The Organization of American Historians has updated its standards of employment and “bill of rights” for contingent faculty members.

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. 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.

A 🕛 symbol indicates a known metered paywall. A ⏳ symbol indicates availability for a limited time.

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.”