“When College was a Public Good A compelling article by Scott Carlson published in the Chronicle of Higher Education which argues that there is an important correlation between race and the public’s (i.e., state legislatures) support for higher education. Simply put, when the vast majority of college and university students were white, legislatures were quick to support higher ed (e.g. the GI Bill). But, that support has declined as the percentage of black, Hispanics, and other non-white students has declined. Obviously, other factors are involved, but this is an important relationship that is often overlooked.
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A recent article by James Lang in the Chronicle of Higher Education on “The Distracted Classroom,” points to a new book by Adam Gazzaley (neuroscience) and Larry D. Rosen (psychology) on The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World (MIT 2016). Distraction, as Lang summarizes, is not about looking up from reading the newspaper when something interesting is happening on the subway on the way to work. Distraction is basically when you’re trying to reach a goal that matters and something gets in the way: constantly checking Facebook when you’re trying to finish writing a review that’s due in three hours. As Gazzaley and Rosen write, “The reason why goal interference in particular is so prominent in our lives, is the inherent complexity of our goals and the limitations we have in fulfilling them. Our ability to establish high-level goals is arguably the pinnacle of human brain evolution. Complex, interwoven, time-delayed, and often shared goals are what allow us humans to exert an unprecedented influence over how we interact with the world around us, navigating its multifaceted environments based on our decisions rather than reflexive responses to our surroundings.” Although our brains are limited in their ability to pay attention, the authors offer suggestions for changing them to better cope with these challenges.
- “Teaching as Possibility”: Lessons for Teachers
- Using Technology to Provide Feedback to Your Students: A New Guide from the Chronicle of Higher Education
- The New Information Literacy: Clearing the Fog of “Alternative Facts”
- Where Does Democratic Engagement Fit on Your Syllabus?
- Critical Thinking in the Classroom: Some Questions for the Summer
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Prof. Jocelyn McWhirter,Stanley S. Kresge Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Albion College: "Writing Assignments" Contact her at: email@example.com.