The Case Against Education : why the education system is a waste of time and money by Bryan Caplan (Afterword by)Why we need to stop wasting public funds on education Despite being immensely popular--and immensely lucrative--education is grossly overrated. Now with a new afterword by Bryan Caplan, this explosive book argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skills but to signal the qualities of a good employee. Learn why students hunt for easy As only to forget most of what they learn after the final exam, why decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for average workers, how employers reward workers for costly schooling they rarely ever use, and why cutting education spending is the best remedy. Romantic notions about education being "good for the soul" must yield to careful research and common sense--The Case against Education points the way.
Call Number: LA217.2 .C36 2019 ME
Publication Date: 2019-08-20
Crushed : how student debt has impaired a generation and what to do about it by David E. Linton (Contribution by); John Katzman (Contribution by)Crushed is a timely and insightful work that sheds light on the state of American universities and their graduates. It takes readers on a fascinating and reflective journey into the current student debt crisis and how it has become a major burden to American society. Beyond just describing how we got into this huge mess, Crushed also offers actionable public-policy steps to help fix this ever-growing problem. This reader-friendly guide explores the U.S. university system in depth, the incentive structures driving university decisions, and what has led to both rapid tuition inflation and skyrocketing student debt. It also explores why the U.S. university system is no longer reducing the racial wealth gap and how it is now contributing to intergenerational poverty. Crushed explains what every parent or prospective student should know before, during, or after enrolling in college, including what choices they should make to graduate on time, with a valuable degree, and with little (or no) debt. Additionally, it concludes with a detailed policy discussion and provides simple, yet powerful, ways to mitigate and eventually eliminate runaway tuition inflation and the overwhelming stock of student debt. Key Features: --Reviews the growth and development of the American university system, including its objectives, successes, and failures --Explains university endowments, why these pools of capital are so large, and how they can be used more efficiently to ensure students graduate on time with valuable degrees --Details the growth of college tuition, explains how tuition and other sources of income are used, and describes the perverse incentives that have led to unchecked tuition inflation --Provides an in-depth analysis on the value of a college degree and describes how that value has changed over time --Explains how the student loan industry grew to its current size and provides an explanation for how and why consumer protections were reduced --Describes how the current tertiary educational system harms minority students and contributes to the interracial wealth gap --Details legislative solutions to reducing debt, aligning incentives, restoring bankruptcy protections, and reducing the cost of a college education without reducing its value
Call Number: LB2340.2 .L56 2023 TV
Publication Date: 2023-08-08
Your College Years : secrets of the universe to make them the best by Catherine DePinoThis book will help prospective and current college students make the most of their college years and guide them in finding the right path to their lifelong careers. Although the book can stand on its own as a practical guidebook for prospective college students, it is also a resource for educators, teachers, and counselors to assist students desiring a successful college career. Your College Years deals with topics that help students know how to handle situations they'll encounter during their college years. It addresses settling in and making new friendsand it also deals with different types of college experiences such as living on campus versus commuting.
Call Number: LB2343.32 .D38 2022 eBook
Publication Date: 2022-05-01
Who Says? : the Writer's research by Deborah H. Holdstein; Danielle AquilineHOW to do research in today's digital age WHY research is essential to academic work Written for today's college students, Who Says? The Writer's Research addresses contemporary research issues head on, including research in the age of collaborative information sites like Wikipedia. Authors Deborah H. Holdstein and Danielle Aquiline prompt students to think critically about matters of ownership and authority in order to show them how to find and incorporate credible sources in their writing. By teaching them how to synthesize their own ideas with the ideas of others, this text allows students to develop confident and compelling voices as writers.
Call Number: LB2369 .H64 2014 PB
Publication Date: 2013-12-02
Learning with Escape Rooms in Higher Education Online Environments by Alexandra Santamaría Urbieta (Editor); Elena Alcalde Peñalver (Editor)Teachers, professors, and educational professionals have the opportunity to create new, challenging, significant, and interactive learning experiences for today's students. Escape rooms are growing in popularity as they provide numerous benefits and opportunities for learning; however, the use of escape rooms in higher education is not always taken seriously. Learning With Escape Rooms in Higher Education Online Environments proves that it is possible to take escape rooms to higher education with great results for both teachers and students by presenting different escape room proposals that are explained in detail with the instructions and materials used so that any teacher could replicate it in their subject. Covering key topics such as online learning, student learning, and computer science, this reference work is ideal for principals, industry professionals, researchers, scholars, practitioners, academicians, instructors, and students.
Call Number: LB2395.7 .L45 2023 eBook
Publication Date: 2023-02-10
Educational Folly : teacher well-being and the chaos of American schooling by Lisa GonsalvesEducational Folly: Teacher Well-Being and the Chaos of American Schooling, offers a comprehensive critique of educational reforms that have eroded the teacher's position. This leaves teachers with psychological scars - scars which are fueling the recent exodus from teaching. Gonsalves lays out a new vision for the future of education reform. This model centers around justice, community, and professionalism to return the teacher to the rightful head of the classroom and to restore dignity and progress to all of America's schools.
Call Number: LB2840 .G64 2023 eBook
Publication Date: 2023-05-15
The Education Myth : how human capital trumped social democracy by Jon SheltonThe Education Myth questions the idea that education represents the best, if not the only, way for Americans to access economic opportunity. As Jon Shelton shows, linking education to economic well-being was not politically inevitable. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for instance, public education was championed as a way to help citizens learn how to participate in a democracy. By the 1930s, public education, along with union rights and social security, formed an important component of a broad-based fight for social democracy. Shelton demonstrates that beginning in the 1960s, the political power of the education myth choked off powerful social democratic alternatives like A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin's Freedom Budget. The nation's political center was bereft of any realistic ideas to guarantee economic security and social dignity for the majority of Americans, particularly those without college degrees. Embraced first by Democrats like Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, Republicans like George W. Bush also pushed the education myth. The result, over the past four decades, has been the emergence of a deeply inequitable economy and a drastically divided political system.
Call Number: LC66 .S54 2023 eBook
Publication Date: 2023-03-15
Cancel Wars : how universities can foster free speech, promote inclusion, and renew democracy by Sigal R. Ben-PorathAn even-handed exploration of the polarized state of campus politics that suggests ways for schools and universities to encourage discourse across difference. College campuses have become flashpoints of the current culture war and, consequently, much ink has been spilled over the relationship between universities and the cultivation or coddling of young American minds. Philosopher Sigal R. Ben-Porath takes head-on arguments that infantilize students who speak out against violent and racist discourse on campus or rehash interpretations of the First Amendment. Ben-Porath sets out to demonstrate the role of the university in American society and, specifically, how it can model free speech in ways that promote democratic ideals. In Cancel Wars, she argues that the escalating struggles over "cancel culture," "safe spaces," and free speech on campus are a manifestation of broader democratic erosion in the United States. At the same time, she takes a nuanced approach to the legitimate claims of harm put forward by those who are targeted by hate speech. Ben-Porath's focus on the boundaries of acceptable speech (and on the disproportional impact that hate speech has on marginalized groups) sheds light on the responsibility of institutions to respond to extreme speech in ways that proactively establish conversations across difference. Establishing these conversations has profound implications for political discourse beyond the boundaries of collegiate institutions. If we can draw on the truth, expertise, and reliable sources of information that are within the work of academic institutions, we might harness the shared construction of knowledge that takes place at schools, colleges, and universities against truth decay. Of interest to teachers and school leaders, this book shows that by expanding and disseminating knowledge, universities can help rekindle the civic trust that is necessary for revitalizing democracy.
Call Number: LC72.2 .B464 2023 eBook
Publication Date: 2023-01-16
Teaching with Poverty and Equity in Mind by Eric JensenLearn how you can succeed with the students who need you most in ways you never thought possible. In this thought-provoking book, renowned educator and learning expert Eric Jensen takes his most personal, profound look yet at how poverty and inequity hurt students and their chances for success in life--and how teachers across all grade levels and subject areas can infuse equity into every aspect of their practice. Drawing from a broad survey of research, personal and professional experience, and inspiring real-life success stories, Teaching with Poverty and Equity in Mind explains how teachers can * Build relationships with students and create a classwide "in-group" where all learners feel a sense of safety and belonging. * Incorporate relevance and cultural responsiveness into curriculum and instruction, increasing student buy-in and replacing compliance with collaboration and leadership. * Use the uplifting power of stories to optimize energy and engagement and foster growth mindsets. * Provide clear, actionable feedback that empowers students to evaluate and direct their own learning. * Shift from disciplining students to coaching them with empathy, de-escalating disruptions and fostering more productive behaviors. * Build stronger brains and cultivate capacity through powerful accelerated learning tools. * Take steps to become a reflective and equitable educator, examining and debunking harmful biases and establishing personal and professional habits for a lifetime of growth. This insightful, comprehensive guide also includes reflection prompts and downloadable tools and templates to help you move forward with implementation. If we truly believe all students deserve a high-quality education, we need to commit to equity. It starts with each one of us. It starts with you.
Call Number: LC4091 .J4579 2022 eBook
Publication Date: 2022-05-26
The Community College Library : reference and Instruction by Janet Pinkley (Editor); Kaela Casey (Editor)Community colleges are a cornerstone of higher education and serve the unique needs of the communities in which they reside. In 2019, community colleges accounted for 41 percent of all undergraduate students in the United States. Community college librarians are engaged in meaningful work designing and delivering library programs and services that meet the needs of their diverse populations and support student learning. The Community College Library series is meant to lift the voices of community college librarians and highlight their creativity, tenacity, and commitment to students. The Community College Library: Reference and Instruction collects research, programs, and new approaches to reference and instruction implemented by community college librarians around the U.S. Chapters include sample activities and materials and cover topics including using race-centered and trauma-informed practices in the reference interview; incorporating online workshops into an existing information literacy program; and using student-driven pedagogy to navigate the early stages of research. This book demonstrates the innovative and replicable ways community college librarians are meeting the information and research needs of their college population both in person and remotely, all while providing a safe, inclusive space for students to explore and learn.
Call Number: Z675.J8 C6668 2022 eBook
Publication Date: 2022-04-13
Serving Those Who Served : librarian's guide to working with veteran and military communities by Sarah LeMire; Kristen J. MulvihillPractical advice on how best to serve veterans, service members, and their families in your community, including effective ways to develop new outreach partnerships and collaborations.Whether you work in a public library, an academic library, a school library, or any other type of library, you are likely to encounter members of the veteran and military communities. This book is a starting point to help librarians, library administrators, and all library employees understand how veterans, service members, and their families can be different from other patrons, recognize important elements of military and veteran culture, and identify strategies for effectively serving the veteran and military communities.In this book, you find tips to help you determine the size and the needs of the veteran and military communities in your local area. You'll learn about some common information requests and information-seeking behavior of veterans and service members. You'll discover how to take the needs and also the unique strengths of the veteran and military communities into account when developing library outreach efforts, programs, services, and collections. And you'll gain insights to help you harness the knowledge, strengths, and experiences of the veteran and military communities in order to help them fulfill their potential as an asset to the library and to the community.
Call Number: Z711.92.V48 L46 2017 ME
Publication Date: 2017-02-06
Collaborating with Strangers : facilitating workshops in libraries, classes, and nonprofits by Bess G. de Farber; April Hines; Barbara J. Hood"This book offers a fresh new set of strategies for engaging communities of people in dialogue. It offers a clear description of the concept of CoLAB, then it lives up to its billing as a how-to guide by clearly laying out the steps needed to run one of these dynamic meetings. This is a must-have resource for anyone who wants to engage communities in collaborative action. Very timely and much needed. Congratulations to the writing team for producing such a valuable resource." -- Ingrid Bens, author of Facilitating With Ease! Interaction with strangers cultivates creativity and provides opportunities for joining forces to achieve great ends. However most people tend to avoid talking or working with people they do not know, whether in the library, a classroom, or in academic and nonprofit settings. And to do so is to short-circuit much of the creative potential that is so necessary for innovation, and that organizational stakeholders crave. Enter CoLAB. Developed and presented by de Farber at workshops across the country, and used by the authors to successfully spur collaboration at the University of Florida (including faculty-librarian, librarian-librarian, librarian-student, faculty-faculty, student-student, and student-librarian-community member), it showcases the power of face-to-face conversations. Leading readers through a unique framework that breaks down barriers to collaboration while also kindling long-lasting enthusiasm, this manual includes testimonials from workshop participants that demonstrate the benefits of a Collaborating with Strangers workshop; step by step guidance on every aspect of organizing and presenting a CoLAB workshop; helpful photographs and diagrams that show prep and workshops in action; ready to use surveys for assessment before and after the workshop; grant proposal development techniques for bringing two or more organizations together on a project; pointers on how to adapt the workshop for ice-breakers, conference programs, or classrooms; and samples of workshop promotion pieces that can be adapted as needed. Libraries have always connected patrons to resources and information; this resource shows how, through successful group collaboration, organizations can extend that connection to include the talents and assets of community members.
Call Number: Z716.4 .D423 2017 PB
Publication Date: 2017-02-24
The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking by Brooke BorelThis book will help you: Recognize what information to fact-check Identify the quality and ranking of source materials Learn to fact-check a variety of media types: newspaper; magazine; social media; public and commercial radio and television, books, films, etc. Navigate relationships with editors, writers, and producers Recognize plagiarism and fabrication Discern conflicting facts, gray areas, and litigious materials Learn record keeping best practices for tracking sources Test your own fact-checking skills An accessible, one-stop guide to the why, what, and how of contemporary editorial fact-checking. Over the past few years, fact-checking has been widely touted as a corrective to the spread of misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and propaganda through the media. "If journalism is a cornerstone of democracy," says author Brooke Borel, "then fact-checking is its building inspector." In The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking, Borel, an experienced fact-checker, draws on the expertise of more than 200 writers, editors, and fellow checkers representing the New Yorker, Popular Science, This American Life, Vogue, and many other outlets. She covers best practices for editorial fact-checking in a variety of media--from magazine and news articles, both print and online, to books and podcasts--and the perspectives of both in-house and freelance checkers. In this second edition, Borel covers the evolving media landscape, with new guidance on checking audio and video sources, polling data, and sensitive subjects such as trauma and abuse. The sections on working with writers, editors, and producers have been expanded, and new material includes fresh exercises and advice on getting fact-checking gigs. Borel also addresses the challenges of fact-checking in a world where social media, artificial intelligence, and the metaverse may make it increasingly difficult for everyone--including fact-checkers--to identify false information. The answer, she says, is for everyone to approach information with skepticism--to learn to think like a fact-checker. The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking is the practical--and thoroughly vetted--guide that writers, editors, and publishers continue to consult to maintain their credibility and solidify their readers' trust.