A conversation between Anya Kamenetz (NPR) and Bart Everson (XULA) on the future of higher education.
Anya is an education correspondent for NPR and the author of several books. She’s contributed to The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine.
Bart Everson is a media artist and creative generalist at Xavier University's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development. His recent work draws on integrative learning, activism, critical perspectives on technology, and Earth-based spiritual paths.
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A conversation with David Robinson-Morris on Ubuntu, Buddhism, and higher education.
Currently, the Western higher education milieu can only be described as an economic epistemological regime of fear, where neo-liberal ideology and market-driven educational discourse shapes and restricts thinking, and institutions of higher education are suppliers of consumer-driven demand—not institutions of higher learning, but supermarkets of economical knowledge acquisition.
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Bill Gates provides a good overview of the challenges facing higher education.
Is College Worth It?
Most of us actually working in higher education are already painfully aware of these realities. This is a good resource to share with people outside the academy. Social media makes this easier than ever. Gates has published this presentation on Scribd, a document-sharing website. Scribd offers a number of tools that make it easy for people to share documents on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or via embedding as I've done here. Get a free Scribd account and you can publish documents there as well.