Filed under Sociology

A Curriculum for the Selfie Generation

Students seldom relish required courses. They are often seen as a burden that everyone would rather get out of the way—a bit like flossing. Some colleges think they’ve found a solution: They have adopted a curricular approach fit for a generation of oversharers and made the courses all about the students. Courses with names like … Continue reading

How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Natives?

Is it possible for our students to be both digital natives and digitally unaware? Young people today are instant messengers, gamers, photo sharers and supreme multitaskers. But while they use the technology tools available to them 24/7, they are struggling to sort fact from fiction, think critically, decipher cultural inferences, detect commercial intent and analyze … Continue reading

Stairway to Wisdom

Let’s say you wanted to understand a social problem in depth. Let’s say you wanted to move from a dry, statistical understanding of a problem to a rich, humane one. How would you do it? What steps would you take on your climb toward understanding? Well, obviously, first you’d start with the data. Let’s say, … Continue reading

Colleges Are a Mirror of The Society They Serve

On the one hand, commentators inveigh against the soaring cost of tuition at elite universities, driven by wasteful luxury, with climbing walls as the invariable insidious example. On the other hand, prospective students and their parents despair over the incredibly competitive admission process to those same colleges, beginning with securing entry to the right preschool, … Continue reading

A Caring Professor May Be Key in How a Graduate Thrives

If you believe the new “Gallup-Purdue Index Report,” a study of 30,000 graduates of American colleges on issues of employment, job engagement, and well-being, it all comes down to old-fashioned values and human connectedness. One of the report’s big takeaways: College graduates, whether they went to a hoity-toity private college or a midtier public, had … Continue reading