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Horatio Alger lives! Blame and the culture of poverty

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Horatio Alger, a 19th century author, wrote novels about poor, downtrodden boys who go from rags to riches. They succeed due to dogged toil. The story is ingrained in the fabric of mainstream America. Fathers tell their sons, “If you work hard, you can make it.” That’s the American dream. The rags to […]

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The Ethnographic Novel

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney  What makes a novel ethnographic?  When we hear someone say “I’ve written a novel” the meaning is relatively clear, just as when people write “I’ve written an ethnography” we have an idea what they’ve done.  One is fiction and the other is not.  Some might say that an “ethnographic novel” is a […]

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Friday with Mark DeFusco

By Mark DeFusco

Come February we’ll be back to our regular first Friday schedule with guest scholar Dr. Mark DeFusco, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis. In the meantime, enjoy today’s “third Friday” contribution from Mark .  The Time Value of Money; The Economic Value of Time by Mark DeFusco Peter Frost, in his Rhythms […]

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The Thursday Pop by Kristan Venegas

By Kristan Venegas

The MTV Financial Aid Contest Finalists Announced: Sigh. Thanks to Bill Tierney for inviting me to participate in the 21st Century Scholar blog this semester and thanks to all of you thoughtful readers and posters who commented during my special series last October. I think I got asked back because of your insight and participation […]

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Researchers Are From Mars, Students Are From Planet Earth

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney A report came out late last year that confirmed an earlier report from the Gates Foundation that confirmed what I’ve known for about a decade.  Bridget Terry Long, a smart prof at Harvard wrote about the information that students need to know to get to college.  She concluded that information can help […]

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Dr. King, Civil Rights, and Education

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has said that education is the civil rights issue of our time. While provocative and well-intentioned, the Secretary’s sentiment isn’t entirely true. That is not to say I disagree–education is part of the issue–but to target education as the last stand for civil rights is short-sighted. Poor […]

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The Era of Legislative Micromanagement Is Upon Us

By Yvonna Lincoln

by Yvonna S. Lincoln Distinguished Professor of Higher Education Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development Texas A&M University By and large, one of the few responsibilities that has been left to faculty has been the shape and structure of the curriculum.  Departments and faculties, having slowly lost ground in the stalwart fight for […]

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Peace, love and technology

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin This afternoon we drove across LA to meet my 24-year-old cousin at Jerry’s Deli.  Josh is on a 9 day break from his Peace Corps commitment in Honduras.  My kids (ages almost 5 & 8 ) and I hadn’t seen him in a year and a half.  Josh is building a school […]

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Thursday is TechDay: “You say citation, I say attribution…”

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles Thursday is TechDay is back, and today’s topic is attribution. In academic writing, citations are essential to help readers verify claims (if not ward off charges of plagiarism). But in the blogosphere? How do we know who said what and if it’s reliable? This week’s post will fill you in on the […]

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Vietnam: Remembrance and Higher Education

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney I have never visited Vietnam which is a large part of the reason that I jumped at the offer to give a half dozen lectures in Ho Chi Minh City at Vietnam National University and the Southeast Asian Ministry in December.  Although I have never been here, Vietnam looms large in my […]

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