Category Archives: veterans

August 6, 2011, 11:41 am

Education Policy This Week: Edu-Traitors, Preventing Child Abuse Through Censorship, And Combat Soldiers In Class

Today we are taking note of smart people saying smart things that open a can of worms or two about education policy and its consequences.

At HASTAC, Duke’s Cathy Davidson confesses that she is an edu-traitor. “I argue that, right now, we are deforming the entire enterprise of education,” Davidson writes, “from preschool onward, by insisting it be measured implicitly by the standard of ‘will this help you get into college’? The result is the devaluation of myriad important ways of learning that are not, strictly speaking, ‘college material.’”

To put Davidson’s concept in practical terms, even before budgets are cut, aspects of the school day that used to be a valued part of the educational mission — art, music, recess, clubs, athletics — become “extras.” In politician-speak, these activities are “fat” or “pork,” which can and should be cut:  those words are also a…

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November 14, 2010, 8:16 pm

Over There, Over There; Or, Where Are All The Soldiers On Your Campus?

Where are the demobilized soldiers on your campus? Well it depends on where you teach.  But if you are at a top liberal arts school, chances are they are “over there” at a community college.

According to Wick Sloane, writing for Inside Higher Ed, when it comes to enrolling veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, elite colleges have to admit that those students aren’t there.  Zenith made a big announcement a couple of years ago that it was going to reserve a single spot in each entering class for a demobilized soldier, but we haven’t heard much about it since, and — well, is one spot enough?  I would think not, particularly when you consider the difficulty of creating relationships with other young people who (blessedly) haven’t experienced anything more violent than a car accident or a football game.  Bunker Hill Community College, where Sloane teaches, enrolls almost 350 veterans; be…

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