Reading the Times: Poor Quality College Education; Internet Censored in Turkey

Your So-Called Education Sociologists Richard Arum (NYU) and Josipa Roksa (UVa) report on the discouraging findings from their study of undergraduate education. Parents, brace yourselves: We would be happy to join in the celebrations if it weren’t for our recent research, which raises doubts about the quality of undergraduate learning in the United States. Over [Read More...]

Reading the Times: Religion and Financial Destiny; Hats off to Yale!

Yale University

Is Religion Your Financial Destiny? David Leonhardt reviews the recent findings of Pew survey. It finds a high correlation between certain relgious traditions and our financial status. Do you want to be well off? Better become a Reform Jew. Here’s a paragraph worthy of further consideration: Many factors are behind the discrepancies among religions, but [Read More...]

Reading the Times: Facebook and Google with Egg On Their Faces

    Mark Zuckerberg

According to recent articles in the New York Times, Facebook and Google have egg-covered faces. Both digital giants, it seems, have been acting in ways that contradict their own pledges and policies. Facebook, Foe of Anonymity, is Forced to Explain a Secret According to Miguel Helft, Facebook, which prides itself on openness, has been engaged [Read More...]

Reading the Times: Social Media in Class; Persecution of Christians in China

Students enjoy using cell phones in class

Speaking Up in Class, Silently, Using Social Media Trip Gabriel, writing for the New York Times, examines the growing use of social median in classrooms. Here’s an excerpt: With Twitter and other microblogging platforms, teachers from elementary schools to universities are setting up what is known as a “backchannel” in their classes. The real-time digital [Read More...]


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