Inside Higher Ed: Lazy Higher Ed Journalism [January 17, 2012]

I started the piece that turned into this essay after reading one too many news items about the same themes in higher education. it’s amusing to read it now, since certain ed-tech themes have come to dominate the discussion so heavily throughout 2012 and 2013. But much of this I’d say is still the same, including the points about rankings, the obsession with whether higher education is “worth it” (and exactly what it’s worth–forms of proof), and the concern with competitive recruiting of (the best) international students.

Speculative Diction: Cracking the code for employment [January 13, 2012]

I wrote this post after reading one too many articles about how coding is the skill that leads to a job. It’s a skill all right, and a useful one, but will it definitely lead to a job? We come back again to the “purpose” of learning, or of education – and because of context so many people are fixated on the magic formula for employment, that other factors are diminished. Not only that, but we lose sight of the process by which people actually do end up with meaningful employment.