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Is Higher Education Becoming a Hi-Tech Trade School?

In Britain, an Assault on Academic Values November 29, 2012, 11:31 am The following is a guest post by Thomas Docherty, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Warwick and a member of the steering committee for the Council … Continue reading

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How the Internet May Save the Amazon

May the worms not win The Amazon region of Brazil is beset with conflicting isometrically opposed pressures .  There is the vast, unimaginable forest hiding untold secrets under an ocean of green.  This is patrimony.  This ocean is being eaten away, … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Why Tuition at Public Colleges has Gone From $1000/yr to $21,000+/yr

Like the private prison industry, the predatory, for profit, private trade/college school is a growth industry funded by public money while the traditional, state-funded, 2- and 4-year higher education venues are being starved of  funding.  Why, we may ask, is the … Continue reading

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Mike Wallace Interviews Aldous Huxley

Prognosticator of the Future Here is an interview of Aldous Huxley by Mike Wallace in 1958.  This interview is as topical today as it was in the 1950s.  You will find predictions of how television and advertising will affect politics. … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences of Student Loans

 I’m totally in sympathy with Ellen.  Once upon a time education was factored into the cost of growing an economy and built into the economy by supporting public education.  At some point the cost of growing the economy  began to … Continue reading

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Preserving the Mayan Languages and Culture

Guatemala: The Maya In Guatemala, a country ravaged by civil war for most of the past 50 years, the Mayans make up around half of the population. But the fields of education, politics and the media all belong exclusively to … Continue reading

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Can Society Endure the New Indentured Servitude of Student Debt?

Ok, I’m not seriously in college anymore.  I haven’t smoked any weed in ages, I can barely remember the last time I woke up and wondered how the person next to me in bed and naked, got there.  My last … Continue reading

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Open Courseware: Democratizing Education

For the last few weeks I’ve been looking for a topic for my 500th online post in machimon.wordpress.com.  I think I’ve found a subject of sufficient gravity and scope:  Education.  While some see education as a profit- making enterprise, others … Continue reading

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Education in the Late, Great, State of California

Many believe the USA is the promised land, which it may have been at one time (if you discount slavery, segregation, union busting, the depression, almost continual war, and ever increasing surveillance, among other things).  Times change, people die (and … Continue reading

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Robert Reich: The Republican’s Social-Darwinist Budget Plan

For those with curious bent Social Darwinism may seem to be a fuzzy concept.  So, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Darwinism provides a (relatively) non-technical explanation.  We know that arctic hares that are white in the winter turn brown in the summer.  Those that do the opposite … Continue reading

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