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The Wal-Mart-ization of Higher Education

Keith Hoeller, Salon

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Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 | In 2009, Money Magazine published a survey titled “The 50 Best Jobs in America.”  Their reporters analyzed job data and conducted an online survey of thirty-five thousand people, taking into account such factors as salaries, flexibility, benefit to society, satisfaction, stress, job security, and growth prospects. The proverbial college professor sat high on the list at No. 3, with a median salary of $70,400 for nine months’ work, top pay of $115,000, and a ten-year growth prospect of 23 percent. College teaching earned “A” grades for flexibility, benefit to society, and satisfaction, and a “B” for job stress, with 59 percent of surveyed professors reporting low stress.

While acknowledging that “competition for tenure-track positions at four-year institutions is intense,” Money claimed that graduate students with only a master’s degree could find a part-time teaching job: “You’ll find lots of available positions at community colleges and professional programs, where you can enter the professoriate as an adjunct faculty member or non-tenure-track instructor without a doctorate degree.”

Keith Hoeller, who has taught philosophy and psychology in the Puget Sound region for more than 20 years, is the co-founder of the Washington Part-Time Faculty Association.

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Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending February 29, 2014

  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
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    • Kids need less school, not more
    • Opposing Junior ROTC
    • Child Sex Abuse Crisis of the Religious Right Grows
    • They Asked If She Had Anything Else She Wanted To Say To The Audience. That's When She Took It Home.
    • A Ghost Town With a Quad
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At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases, Nicole Flatow, Think Progress

  • Here are some of the young Florida victims.
  • Despite safety emphasis, school shootings continue

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UN denounces Vatican over child abuse and demands immediate actionLizzy Davies in Rome and Henry McDonald, theguardian.com

  • Devastating UN report demands Vatican 'immediately remove' all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers
  • Vatican envoy rejects UN panel's critical verdict on clerical abuse scandal
  • Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen

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Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism, Chris Kirk, Slate

  • Thousands of schools in states across the country can use taxpayer money to cast doubt on basic science.
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Kids need less school, not more, delanceyplace

  • Why, then, are we locking kids up in an involuntary network with strangers for twelve years? ...
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Opposing Junior ROTC, John Wilborn, Veterans for Peace (VFP) 

  • You are promoting militarism because this training (is) inseparable from and fundamental to militarism.
  • You are setting up a recruiting pipeline … channeling low achieving students -- disproportionately minority and low-income -- toward the military.

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Child Sex Abuse Crisis of the Religious Right Grows, Frederick Clarkson, Daily Kos

  • Why should parents of high-school students feel any trust in sending their kids off to a university whose president writes a letter urging leniency for a man who molested teens?
  • Pope Francis, The Vatican: Stop Sexual Abuse For Good
  • Catholic Church ramps up opposition to Minnesota anti-bullying bill

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They Asked If She Had Anything Else She Wanted To Say To The Audience. That's When She Took It Home., Rafael Casal, Upworthy

At the end of this clip, she gives a great goal for what I hope young men achieve in the coming generations.

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A Ghost Town With a Quad, Rebecca Schuman, Slate

  • Nobody seems to notice that the structure of today’s higher-ed “business” model is backwards: It’s far easier to cut academics than it is to cut anything else, so that’s what universities are doing. The irony that the very raison d’être of a university—education!—is also its most disposable aspect seems lost on everyone (perhaps because nobody studies English, philosophy, or French anymore, so nobody recognizes irony or knows what a raison d’être is).
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Dumbing Down America, Niall McLaren, Truthout

  • If the US government did its duty and paid for tertiary education through taxes, then it would have an incentive to keep a tight rein on costs. As it is, generations of students are being reamed by private banks that borrow money from the US Treasury at 0.75 percent and lend it to students at 6.4 percent just so their friends in the universities can build bloated bureaucratic empires for their self-aggrandizing staff. Now that must surely be one of the greatest con jobs of all time.
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UN denounces Vatican over child abuse and demands immediate action

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  • Devastating UN report demands Vatican 'immediately remove' all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers
  • Vatican envoy rejects UN panel's critical verdict on clerical abuse scandal
  • Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen

Lizzy Davies in Rome and Henry McDonald, Guardian (UK) 

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Wednesday 5 February 2014 | The Vatican has failed to acknowledge the huge scale of clerical sex abuse and has implemented policies that have led to "the continuation of the abuse and the impunity of the perpetrators", a UN panel said on Wednesday in a scathing rebuke of the Holy See's handling of the global scandal.

In grimly worded findings released by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the watchdog urged the Holy See to "immediately remove all known and suspected child sexual abusers" from their posts in the church and hand over the cases to law enforcement authorities in the countries concerned.

Lizzy Davies is Rome correspondent for the Guardian. She previously worked for the paper in Paris, and for the Observer and Independent as a news editor.

Henry McDonald is the Observer's Belfast correspondent.

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Vatican envoy rejects UN panel's critical verdict on clerical abuse scandal, Lizzy Davies in Rome and Henry McDonaldGuardian (UK) 

  • Wednesday 5 February 2014 | Committee attacks church's handling of sex abuse allegations, but archbishop says findings are outdated and ideological.
  • The leadership of the Roman Catholic church is engaged in a tense standoff with the United Nations after a damning report on the Holy See's handling of the clerical sex abuse scandal was branded out of date, unfair and ideological by a top Vatican official.

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Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen, Jessica Valenti, The Nation 

  • It’s easier to ignore what we know to be true, and focus on what we wish was. But the more we hold on to the things that make us comfortable and unthinking, the more people will be hurt—and the more growing room we’ll create for monsters.
  • "We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die." W. H. Auden

Utah State Senator Jokes About Kids Whose Lunches Were Thrown In The Trash!

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  • State Sen. Todd Weiler, a Republican, posted a tweet about his visit: "Best nugget of the Uintah school lunch story: 5th graders were particularly horrified that food was being discarded on 'pizza day'!"
  • Weiler’s sympathy for children seems to end with the positive publicity he has garnered from what looks like an attempt to co-opt a horrible incident for political gain.

John Prager, Americans Against the Tea Party

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images/uintah_fall.gif February 2, 2014 | Recently, between 50 and 70 children (9-13% of the school) at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City, Utah were in tears as cafeteria workers took away their lunch trays and threw them in the trash, replacing the meal with a piece of fruit and milk; their only crime was a shortage on their school lunch account.

The cafeteria manager and her supervisor have been placed on paid leave following the (if worded generously) misguided decision to cause children to go hungry for any reason, with special attention being paid to whether or not they actually followed guidelines for notifying parents. Multiple parents report receiving no notification that lunch balances were in arrears.

John Prager is an unfortunate Liberal soul who lives uncomfortably in the middle of a Conservative hellscape. While he is not a fan of politicians, period, he has developed a deep-seated hatred for the bigotry, fear mongering, and lies of the Right Wing. 

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