"Yet a recent multinational study of adult literacy and numeracy skills suggests that this view is wrong. America’s schools and colleges are actually far more alike than people believe — and not in a good way. The nation’s deep education problems, the data suggest, don’t magically disappear once students disappear behind ivy-covered walls."

"While I was watching Ivory Tower, a documentary about the state of college in America that appears in select theaters this month (the movie also airs on CNN this fall), it occurred to me that of the many problems with higher education these days, not the least concerns the way we talk about it. "Efficiency," "art-history majors," "kids who graduate with $100,000 in debt," "the college bubble," the whole rhetoric of crisis and collapse: The public discourse is dominated by sound bites, one-liners, hearsay, horror stories, and a very great deal of misinformation."

"Ambitious people will always want to go to the best universities to meet each other, and the digital economy tends to favour a few large operators. The big names will be able to sell their MOOCs around the world. But mediocre universities may suffer the fate of many newspapers. Were the market for higher education to perform in future as that for newspapers has done over the past decade or two, universities’ revenues would fall by more than half, employment in the industry would drop by nearly 30% and more than 700 institutions would shut their doors. The rest would need to reinvent themselves to survive."

"For ordinary graduates, the fact that the UP summa cum laude was a rare species gave their own diplomas added value and luster. The university’s stinginess in giving out honors meant surviving UP was a feat in itself."

"What will be left of general education courses in college when the Commission on Higher Education starts reducing the GE curriculum to 36 units in 2018?"

"Now is the time for teacher participation and governance. We shall steer the nation with our ideas, knowledge and wisdom, creativity, and boundless energy. The workshops on syllabi will expose the philosophy or lack, the foresight or narrowmindedness, the freedom from or adherence to, the remnants of colonial education among school administrators."

"Although a militant group, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, has said that around 80,000 college and university teachers risked being affected when the two years are added to the high school curriculum beginning in 2016, Umali said this figure “appeared to be high.”"

"Does it matter if conservatives are scarce in the liberal arts faculty? Well, if we believe that monopoly power is bad in the economic marketplace for goods, why wouldn’t it also be bad for the academic marketplace of ideas? Of course, as serious students of antitrust will tell you, not all monopolies or oligopolies in markets are the result of nefarious behavior; there are lots of reasons they come about, and remedies for market concentration are not always simple or easy. But regardless of the cause, monopolies usually lead to stagnation. The left’s academic monopoly is the chief cause of the stagnation of the humanities and social sciences today."

"There are many distinct threads of liberal education in America that have been woven and rewoven over time in many different ways. As a result, nearly every college now existing can legitimately lay claim to a distinctive sort of liberal education. Generic descriptions simply cannot convey the variegated vitality of liberal education as it is lived on our many college campuses."

"…Regardless of the kind or duration of the computer use, the disconnected students performed better on a post-lecture quiz. The message of the study aligns pretty well with the evidence that multitasking degrades task performance across the board."

"The expensive liberal arts colleges in America are going down–fast and hard. Schools like Haverford and Smith are extremely vulnerable. The return on a four-year $250,000 investment in such colleges will be poor in future years. Their brands have become laughingstocks. Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley and Princeton are protected because they are true universities. Their engineering departments and graduate schools for medicine and business are (for the most part) isolated from the ideological nonsense found in liberal arts schools. Caltech and MIT are pure plays in science and engineering and thus are protected."

"The agency has updated its list of priority courses that were identified based on national development plans, manpower demands until 2018 and a study of the Department of Labor and Employment that determined the in-demand and hard-to-fill courses, skills and jobs that match the projected employment requirements of key industries until 2020."

"How the Internet and slashed budgets have endangered one of higher education’s most important institutions."

"Does the Science of Human Behavior Only Show Us What We Want to See?"

"“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders,” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. “Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
It is the same with writing. The best way to teach writing is to get your students to love reading.”