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Divided We Fall | New Republic
"The Founders knew that economic inequality would destroy America's democracy. So why can't the Constitution save us?"
america  crisis  politics  history  inequality  wealth  money  progressive  reform 
april 2017 by tsuomela
The Elephant in the Seminar Room: Should the PhD Be Saved? - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Graduate School Mess What Caused It and How We Can Fix It By Leonard Cassuto Published 09.14.2015 Harvard University Press 320 Pages"
book  review  education  phd  graduate-school  reform  academia  work  jobs 
may 2016 by tsuomela
Classroom Saints and Fiends | Dissent Magazine
"The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein Doubleday, 2014, 368 pp."
book  review  education  teaching  controversy  history  america  20c  reform 
may 2015 by tsuomela
Apples for the Teacher, Teacher is an Apple | Easily Distracted
"The problem here is that the tech folks continue to think (or at least pretend) that algorithmic culture is delivering more than it actually is in the domains where it has already succeeded. What tech has really delivered is mostly just the removal of transactional middlemen (and of course added new transactional middlemen–the network Uber has established in a really frictionless world wouldn’t need Uber, and we’d all just be monetizing our daily drives on an individual-to-individual basis)."
education  technology  pedagogy  teaching  reform  future  solutionism 
may 2015 by tsuomela
Schooling Rebooted : Education Next
"Today’s education technology holds immense promise, but what matters more than the tools themselves are how they are used in schools and in classrooms. In Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age, Frederick M. Hess and Bror Saxberg argue that educators have tended to think of adopting technology as a way to “reform” or “fix” schools. The would-be reformers have poured tablets and online learning software into classrooms, presuming that magic would eventually happen. But schools are complex and hard to move, while these efforts have been correspondingly unfocused. The more promising way forward involves tapping learning science to determine where the familiar schoolhouse falls short on providing deliberate practice, timely and copious feedback, and extensive opportunities to build mastery—and how new tools can help us do better. Following are three excerpts from the book that convey the core of their argument."
education  future  reform  engineering  learning 
january 2014 by tsuomela
Why Our Definition Of "Failure" Gets An F | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation
"New tools like Kickboard Wireless Generation, and ClassDojo have the potential to help teachers capture far more fine-grained data about students’ day-to-day performance and interactions, which besides being good for teaching, could eventually be made the basis of a more nuanced picture of what happens in schools. But this data needs to be paired with nuanced judgments by politicians and the public."
education  reform  measurement  metrics  automation  digital  judgment  values 
september 2012 by tsuomela
Kent Greenfield for Democracy Journal: The Stakeholder Strategy
"Changing corporations, not the Constitution, is the key to a fairer post-Citizens United world."
politics  citizen  corporation  law  reform  power  organizations  markets 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads | Easily Distracted
I hereby volunteer: the next pundit who talks about how MOOCs are going to save higher education some big bucks needs to meet me for drinks at the establishment of his or her choosing, I’ll foot the bill, and in return I just ask for the chance to politely and rationally CHEW THEIR FUCKING EARS OFF. Annotated link
mooc  education  digital  future  reform  money  cost  infrastructure 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Business - Jordan Weissmann - Why the Internet Isn't Going to End College As We Know It - The Atlantic
"What's more likely to happen is that colleges will learn how to adapt online technology to cut costs as they come under increasing budget pressure. They'll do it slowly, but eventually. The process might lead to fewer lecturers on campus, as schools begin sharing more big survey courses. The Harvards of the world might experiment with more remote, international campuses catering to foreign students. But a wholesale, top to bottom revolution in how we educate students? Not likely, no matter how many times you hear it repeated. "
education  college  university  academic  future  internet  reform  chance  online 
july 2012 by tsuomela
"Our republic is dangerously out of balance. Well-financed special interests routinely bend the levers of power to benefit the few at the expense of our general welfare.

Political bribery has been legalized by the courts, and both major parties have been co-opted and corrupted by the system.

The result: The upper 1% have done well. The other 99% of us have been left behind. And now we’ve reached a breaking point.

Rootstrikers aims to restore power over American politics and government to 100% of the people. We hope patriots of all political persuasions will join us to help build an unstoppable grassroots movement that demands and delivers lasting reforms."
activism  politics  reform  corruption  money  campaign  elections 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Education and Military Rivalry
"Using data from the last 150 years in a small set of countries, and from the postwar period in a large set of countries, we show that large investments in state primary education systems tend to occur when countries face military rivals or threats from their neighbors. By contrast, we find that democratic transitions are negatively associated with education investments, while the presence of democratic political institutions magnifies the positive effect of military rivalries. These empirical results are robust to a number of statistical concerns and continue to hold when we instrument military rivalries with commodity prices or rivalries in a certain country’s immediate neighborhood. We also present historical case studies, as well as a simple model, that are consistent with the econometric evidence. "
education  reform  funding  budget  military  militarism 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Rise in Scientific Journal Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform -
"Ms. Bradford, of Science magazine, agreed. “I would agree that a scientist’s career advancement should not depend solely on the publications listed on his or her C.V.,” she said, “and that there is much room for improvement in how scientific talent in all its diversity can be nurtured.”

Even scientists who are sympathetic to the idea of fundamental change are skeptical that it will happen any time soon. “I don’t think they have much chance of changing what they’re talking about,” said Dr. Korn, of Harvard. "
science  sts  peer-production  incentives  academia  publisher  structure  social  reform  retractions  accuracy 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Academic reforms: A four-part proposal - Brendan Nyhan
1. pass/fail first semester
2. pre-accepted article
3. replication audit
4. a frequent flier system for journals
academia  reform  peer-review  teaching 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Ronin Institute | A community of independent scholars
"The purpose of the Ronin Institute is to create a new model for scholarly research, one that is not confined to traditional research institutions such as universities, and that recognizes that the world outside of academia is filled with smart, educated, passionate people who have a lot to offer to the world of scholarship. We aim to transform the way that scholarly research is coordinated and funded. Ultimately, we want anyone who is interested in pursuing high-quality scholarly research to be able to do so. More importantly, we want these people to be able to pursue their research in a way that is consistent with all of their life’s priorities."
independent  scholar  academic  research  alternative  reform 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Hacking the Academy
"We asked for contributions to a collectively produced volume that would explore how the academy might be beneficially reformed using digital media and technology."
book  academic  digital  culture  technology  hacking  education  reform 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The Truant Muse • I know you don't want to hear this.
But - here’s what drives me crazy as a reporter - did you say anything about it before? It doesn’t seem a coincidence that voter apathy, financial illiteracy, and government spending have all risen in tandem. As reporters, we’re trying to inform you so that you can be a fully functioning citizen. We tell you: here’s the debate. Here’s what people are saying on both sides. And too often, the response we get back is, “how DARE you tell me what those people think? La la la la, I can’t hear you!”
economics  recession  crisis  media  journalism  report  reform  knowledge 
august 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: What Good is Education to Society? The Thin Line Between Justice and Order
"And yet, despite Dewey’s explicit hesitations, nearly a century later, the history of American education suggests that order almost always wins out over justice, no matter authorial intentions—and no matter that Deweyans persist in sprouting up across the educational landscape. We might need to come to terms with the fact that education—or more precisely, schooling—is meant to serve the ends of the status quo, i.e., brutal inequality. And thus, if the educational reformers have been successful at anything, it’s in ensuring a more efficient machine for reproducing the status quo. "
education  reform  pedagogy  democracy  progressive 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Reform or Schadenfreude? Reading the Fall of the House of Murdoch | Easily Distracted
"Of all the distressing things about this global moment, the most distressing of all is the seeming resignation of national, local and world publics about the parade of woes confronting them. I’m not offering this as the stereotypical complaint of a self-anointed activist against the apathy of others. I feel the same sense of resignation and passivity. "
media  journalism  resignation  activism  reform 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Diane Ravitch, the Anti-Michelle-Rhee - Washington City Paper
Profile of Diane Ravitch who has changed her mind on education reform from market/business solutions to public education, pro-teachers union.
education  reform  markets  fashion  fads  business 
june 2011 by tsuomela
You Have the Power to Choose Prosperity - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"And that's the point. This Great Stagnation? It might not just be about greedy bankers, hollow politicians, and glad-handing spin-doctors. Instead, its roots might have a great deal to do with us — and the consumption and investment choices we make, every moment of every day. And it might just be that without fundamentally altering those self-evidently self-destructive choices — well, this is the no-future future."
future  prosperity  consumerism  choice  reform 
april 2011 by tsuomela
How to get to 100 percent renewables globally by 2050 | Grist
News post on an optimistic report on changing world energy supplies. We just need to divert 3% of world GDP to efficiency, renewables, and infrastructure. Whew!
energy  environment  infrastructure  reform  change  climate  global-warming  electric-grid  electricity  model  future  growth  optimism  efficiency 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Innovation Isn't About Math - James Fallows - National - The Atlantic
"Fostering innovation, in other words, isn't just a matter of improving the quantity or quality of math and science education. It's a matter of restructuring how we approach and teach all our subjects, from the liberal arts to math, science and engineering. And it means focusing as much on teaching how to combine those fields of knowledge and think in flexible, integrative, and creative ways, as we do on the subject matter itself. "
innovation  education  creativity  novelty  change  reform  pedagogy  academia 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Building Better Kids | Mother Jones
"Children of college graduates score about one standard deviation above the mean by the time they're three, and that never changes. Children of mothers with less than a high school education score about half a standard deviation below the mean by the time they're three, and that never changes either. Roughly speaking, nothing we do after age three has much effect"
education  teaching  fads  reform  early  children 
march 2011 by tsuomela
interfluidity » Endogenize ideology
"That’s the wrong approach, I think. Rather than treating ideology as fixed and given, we should treat it as dynamic, as a consequence rather than a constraint of policy choices. C"
economics  ideology  political-science  reform  politics 
january 2011 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Don't you know that you can count me out
"The tea party and the loudest, most strident voices of anti-abortion politics love to flirt with the idea of armed revolution. This is, for the most part, just adolescent foolishness -- a kind of fantasy play-acting that can be summed up in a single word:


By pretending to believe that America is on the verge of collapse into a totalitarian tyranny, they can pretend to themselves that they are the vanguard of a courageous resistance. The Red Dawn fantasy isn't all that different from any other childhood fantasy about what if there were dragons? And what if I was brave and good and strong? And what if I slew the dragon and everybody cheered for me because I was brave and good and strong and I slew the dragon? Wouldn't that be cool?"
tea-party  politics  revolution  violence  reform  fantasy  psychology  ideology  right-wing  conservatism  just-war  cognition  dissonance  loyalty  con  fraud  media 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Bill Gates Listens to the Wrong People - Bridging Differences - Education Week
Since Gates is a multibillionaire, he can't possibly understand what it means to work in an environment where you might be fired for disagreeing with your boss. Nor can he possibly understand that schools are collaborative cultures that need senior teachers who are ready and willing to help newcomers. He can't imagine that school is different from Microsoft or other big corporations. Let's be honest. CCSSO and The New York Times pay attention to what Gates says because he is so rich. If he didn't run the biggest foundation in the world, if he wasn't one of the richest men in the world, would anyone care about his opinion of education? Really, who would care what he said if he were the chairman of the Whatzit Corporation and sold widgets?
education  reform  power  wealth  media  attention  pedagogy 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Free Press | Media reform through education, organizing and advocacy
Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications.

Free Press was launched in late 2002 by media scholar Robert W. McChesney and Josh Silver, our President and CEO.
media-reform  media  journalism  money  economics  corporatism  lobbying  reform  netneutrality 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Rehabilitating Carson « Prospect Magazine
Why do some people continue to hold Rachel Carson responsible for millions of malaria deaths?
history  environment  reform 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Americana: Psychological Capture
I wonder where or if this is even a breaking point for Americans, or if we are just going to accommodate ourselves to an unraveling. There is so much bullshit, delusion and entitlement larded into a perception of loss that is grounded in reality, that I doubt Americans will ever have a coherent reaction to these events...Some of the more ridiculous manifestations of this, such as the Tea Party, are wildly overblown and exaggerated, but there is enough ‘there’ there to support this point. This is the greatest trick the elites have pulled, to put in the minds of the working class the perspective of the wealthy. That is the absurdity of having a guy struggling with 3 part time jobs become visibly upset at talk of unions. The other great trick has been the prolific exploitation of cognitive dissonance, of, for example, a public school teacher enraged at government spending or a medicare recipient pissed off at the prospect of government getting involved in health care.
politics  future  psychology  ideology  reform  hope  breaking-point  class  class-war  wealth 
november 2010 by tsuomela
2010 Midterm Elections: Here Comes A Lost Generation | The New Republic
The United States does not have a parliamentary system. It has been characterized by long-term political realignments in which one party had been dominant for a decade or more. But the latest realignments have not come to pass. In 2001, Karl Rove believed that George W. Bush had created a new McKinley majority that would endure for decades; and when Obama was elected, many Democrats, including me, thought that he had a chance to create a Roosevelt-like Democratic majority. But instead, like Japan, we’ve had a succession of false dawns, or what Walter Dean Burnham once called an “unstable equilibrium.” That’s not good for party loyalists, but it’s also not good for the country. America needs bold and consistent leadership to get us out of the impasse we are in, but if this election says anything, it’s that we’re not going to get it over the next two or maybe even ten years.
politcal-science  politics  trend  moderation  power  realignment  election  future  lost-decade  gloom-and-doom  reform  failure 
november 2010 by tsuomela
It's the political system, stupid - 2010 Elections News | Midterm Elections: Senators, Governors -
by David Sirota "The Uprising-versus-Hostile Takeover cycle also explains not the end of any particular era -- but the end of political eras as a whole. Whereas clear differences between the parties once created epochal congressional majorities and intractably red and blue states, we now rapidly vacillate between two similarly money-dominated parties in a spastic search for an insurrection that will bring something different."
politics  election  hope  reform 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Tremble, Banks, Tremble | The New Republic
James K. Galbraith reviews the economic crisis "The cause, at the deepest level, was a breakdown in the rule of law. And it follows that the first step toward prosperity is to restore the rule of law in the financial sector."
banking  economics  fraud  money  policy  regulation  reform  government  law  financial-services 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Waterloo | FrumForum
So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.
politics  conservative  republicans  health-care  reform  extremism  media 
march 2010 by tsuomela
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