Alexander Reed Kelly / TruthdigMay 10, 2015
When he was a student in the early 1980s, Emory University English professor Mark Bauerlein and his peers spoke with their professors regularly and at length, knowing “that these moments were the heart of liberal education.” Today, polls show, one-third of students never do so. Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Alexander Reed Kelly / TruthdigSep 30, 2013
A prominent technologist and advocate for the inclusion of women in the tech economy tells Guardian art critic Adrian Searle she wasted her youth on a languages degree, and that young Britons need to get with the "coding" revolution if they wish to pay off their university debts and be relevant to society. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigMar 10, 2012
A British philosopher suggests that popular confusion over what philosophers do requires the epochs-old discipline follow the suit of other academic subjects and update its name. Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigAug 28, 2011
The struggle for the serious study and appreciation of literature continues in our society, where enormous emphasis has been placed on the "practical" disciplines of math and science, and specialized academics more and more produce arcane, overtly politicized work that the public seems to find joyless and irrelevant. (more) Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigJun 19, 2011
The well-intentioned handwringing over what to do about the slow asphyxiation of the traditional American humanities education continues over at Salon.com, where novelist Kim Brooks laments the failure of liberal arts colleges to prepare students for professionally and financially rewarding careers. (more) Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
BLANKJul 12, 2010
At a time when our country's educational system is sliding down our government's priority list, it takes reminders like this one, by noted California educator Jim Mamer, to set us straight and offer some much-needed inspiration.Educator Jim Mamer offers some much-needed inspiration and a timely reminder about the need to keep our nation's educational priorities straight. Dig deeper ( 6 Min. Read )
BLANKApr 23, 2010
In a short and powerful manifesto, renowned philosopher and critic Martha Nussbaum issues a passionate call to resist persistent efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product.Philosopher and critic Martha Nussbaum issues a call to resist persistent efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product. Dig deeper ( 11 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigApr 1, 2010
How about a little cognitive psychology with your English literature? Professors who normally spend their time thinking about Virginia Woolf's characters and story structures are taking a page from scientific texts to add a new dimension to their exploration of fiction. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
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