Sunday, June 05, 2011

5 June 2011

RSA video: Barbara Ehrenreich, "Smile or die"(above)

Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa,"Are Undergraduates Actually Learning Anything?"

Paul Craig Roberts:"The Default Specter as Political Theater"

OBL video fake?

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At June 06, 2011 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like those RSA vids. That one's pretty good, though there are a few places where Ehrenreich misses opportunities to make more insightful observations.

Arum/Roksa -- Well that's really because the students aren't learning anything pre-college and therefore college (being a business and not really an intellectual nutrition venture) has to accommodate its "customer base." Trace collegiate education back to the boom after the GI Bill and you see a lot of colleges and universities churning out students with their diplomas, but not a lot of well-informed people among them.

The standards are still rigorous in small pockets of education, but overall the slackers, cheaters, and know-nothings dominate even among the summa cum laude crew.

I prefer referring to post-HS curricula as certification or credentialing, rather than education. It's more honest.

It's basically white-collar vo-tech.

At June 06, 2011 10:01 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi KFO, good to hear from you. I like the RSA vids too. I think I first encountered one at Pacific Views, of all places.


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