The Ugly Side of the Elites: Derek Bok Knows What’s Good for You

Former Harvard University President Derek Bok has an essay in today’s Inside Higher Ed that I find disturbing. It’s not that Improving the Quality of Higher Education contains frightening revelations about the current state of post-secondary education–indeed, for most of the essay Bok simply repeats points he has made in his earlier books Our Underachieving […]

Fuzzy Math: What President Obama Could Learn From Community College Students

On Tuesday, March 30, President Obama made remarks at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, on the occasion of the president’s signing the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. It was a feel-good moment for those of us who have taught in community colleges, have relatives and friends who attended them, or have ourselves benefited […]