Filed under Sociology

School: What is it Good for?

One of the curious features about schooling is that there is no explicit consensus about its purpose. Any assertion with regards to function should dramatically affect both the content of what is taught and the structure in terms of how to best instill the things that are taught. For instance, if the purpose of schooling … Continue reading

The End of Male Supremacy

Women are not equal to men; they are superior in many ways, and in most ways that will count in the future. It is not just a matter of culture or upbringing. It is a matter of chromosomes, genes, hormones, and nerve circuits. It is not mainly because of how experience shapes women, but because … Continue reading

College Kids Are Getting More Depressed

An annual survey of college freshmen released on Thursday shows that a worrisome proportion of them had felt depressed and overwhelmed during the previous year. An intensifying pressure to succeed is taking a toll on college-bound high school seniors. The pressure is worsened by the fact that they have lost the ability to kick back … Continue reading

The Day the Purpose of College Changed

The governor had bad news: The state budget was in crisis, and everyone needed to tighten their belts. High taxes threatened “economic ruin,” said the newly elected Ronald Reagan. Welfare stood to be curbed, the highway patrol had fat to trim. Everything would be pared down; he’d start with his own office. California still boasted … Continue reading

I Owe It All to Community College

Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College: IN 1974, I graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., an underachieving student with lousy SAT scores. Allowed to send my results to three colleges, I chose M.I.T. and Villanova, knowing such fine schools would never accept a student like me but hoping they’d toss … Continue reading