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Ready To Jump, Art World?

David R. White | Posted 12.28.2012 | Arts
David R. White

Enough of the cultural silent majority. What's real is that the arts and their peers are well on their way to Armageddon no matter what may take place by a government near you in early 2013.

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

A Defense of History

Anthony Kayruz | Posted 10.15.2012 | Teen
Anthony Kayruz

In American schools, there is a push for the maths and sciences. Educational funding goes towards these subjects, while fine arts and the humanities are given the short end of the stick.

Why Humanities?

Daniel Little | Posted 10.12.2012 | College
Daniel Little

Parents and siblings are sometimes a bit baffled when their student declares a passionate interest in the humanities. Why can't she pursue a practical degree like accounting or computer science? What is the use of a dozen courses in the humanities?

And When the Last Scholar Has Died...

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
Alexander Goerlach

We are living in a time when the proverbial best and brightest no longer opt to pursue careers in journalism or academia or politics. Apocalyptic rhetoric is fitting here: A cosmic battle is raging between the world of letters and the world of numbers.

Opinion: Engineers Aren't Smarter Than English Majors

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Meredith Wade There are a million different types of intelligence, most of which are pretty difficult to quantify. Shocking, I know. But it’s ...

The Slavoj Zizek Show in Korea

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 08.29.2012 | Home
John R. Eperjesi

I was caught off guard by Zizek's lecture. This supposed Lacanian madman spent the better part of two hours talking about a rather old-fashioned though still important New Left category: ideology.

Requiem for a Success Story

Brock Cohen | Posted 08.26.2012 | Education
Brock Cohen

I'm sorry for Alaina and for all the extraordinary teachers throughout California who have been unceremoniously dispatched -- and to the multitudes of students whose education will suffer for it.

STHEM, Not STEM

William E. White | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
William E. White

Our students must understand that education is not about preparing them just for the workforce. Education should prepare them to be citizens of their communities, their states, and the nation.

Silicon Valley Offers Humanities PhDs Some Solid Advice

Ruth Starkman | Posted 07.16.2012 | College
Ruth Starkman

This year's second annual Bibliotech conference at Stanford University offered solid advice. Here are some soundbites from Silicon Valley industry experts.

Education Reform: Language and Technology vs. STEM

Mirla Gonzalez | Posted 06.27.2012 | College
Mirla Gonzalez

Today, a lot of attention and funding is given to STEM programs but the humanities, language acquisition in particular, deserves just as much attention.

Embracing the Humanities

Kimberly Tan | Posted 06.19.2012 | Teen
Kimberly Tan

In this exaltation of scientific excellence, where do those of us who do not conduct scientific experiments, pore over university-level math, and research cures for cancer stand?

Medical Humanities: Extracurricular Activity or Critical Curricular Component?

Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam | Posted 05.29.2012 | College
Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam

Proposed changes to the MCAT give weight to the fact that coursework or experiences in the humanities are an invaluable part to a future physician's education.

A Disturbing Trend

Jared Moffat | Posted 05.27.2012 | College
Jared Moffat

Amid a struggling economy and a ballooning student debt crisis, parents and students are reevaluating the merits of a college education. There is no simple answer, because the return on investment depends on what you study.

A Modest Proposal

Andrew Delbanco | Posted 05.27.2012 | College
Andrew Delbanco

Students are losing a sense of how human beings grappled in the past with moral issues that challenge us in the present and will persist into the future. This is the shrinking province of what we call "the humanities."

A Plea for the Liberal Arts

Kinne Chapin | Posted 05.21.2012 | College
Kinne Chapin

When we choose to value utility over passion in choosing a major, we waste a learning opportunity. We waste the chance to become more intricate thinkers with a broader base of knowledge.

The Beauty in the "Beast": Humanity(-ies) in the Era of Globalization

Panagiotis Roilos | Posted 05.15.2012 | College
Panagiotis Roilos

The existence of the Humanities is currently under attack on many fronts and in many ways. This is inevitable in an epoch in which the very essence of "humanity" itself is subjected to radical redefinitions mainly due to uncontrollable technological developments.

Spring Term

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.31.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

I wonder if something important has been lost in the mix of campus building projects, recruitment and retention efforts and the barrage of new pedagogical technologies -- all to convince our students to stay and study.

The "Light Bulb" Moment

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 03.12.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Artistic treasures of all types must be studied to appreciate those of our present day. In our current world of instant gratification and short attention spans -- it is easy to forget what came before.

More Science Or More Arts & Humanities?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

We do need wisdom in the application of science. Perhaps scientists should study the humanities.

Deeper Learning: Engaging Students Across the Humanities

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 01.22.2012 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Personalized math products are becoming more common in classrooms from kindergarten to college. These tools are really promising for building math sk...

Art Works (And Is Celebrated at The White House)

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.09.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

On Wednesday, November 2, I enjoyed an uplifting ceremony at the White House celebrating the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards - the...

Which Is More Useless: Limbaugh or a Classics Major?

Miranda Frum | Posted 01.02.2012 | Media
Miranda Frum

I see you have let your own educational insecurities shine through in your latest rant in which you "bravely" attempted to decipher the "sad-sack story" of a Classical Studies scholar. If only you had taken a philosophy course about the Sophists, you might have been better at debating your point.

Rick Perry's Anti-Science America

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.22.2011 | College
Paul Stoller

Should an anti-science candidate like Rick Perry get elected to the U.S. presidency, what might we expect in the world of higher education?

Science, Language and Technology: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Mirla Gonzalez | Posted 10.18.2011 | Education
Mirla Gonzalez

2011-08-18-Screenshot20110818at10.50.41AM.jpg After nearly two decades of civil war, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.