Crabby suggests better metaphors for thinking about college access... In last Friday's New York Times, Peter Dreier and Richard Kahlenberg wrote about "Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic." They note that affluent students far outnumber economically disadvantaged students at highly selective college by 14 to 1. While "some colleges, such as Amherst and Harvard, … Continue reading Metaphorical Mistakes in College Access Thinking
Crabby wonders about form and substance...The more I think about college access and success for underserved students, the more I find myself reading and thinking about primary and secondary education as well. Too often, I've found, even students at the top of their classes struggle to write a decent essay for an application--not understanding how … Continue reading What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
The president of the United States, himself a beneficiary of a broad liberal arts curriculum at Occidental College, then Columbia University, recently made a flip remark about art history majors in relation to a college education. He was speaking at a manufacturing plant in Waukesha, WI, extolling the virtues of hard labor: And while some … Continue reading Liberal Arts for the Masses!