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    Book Review: Food Insecurity on Campus: Action and Intervention edited by Katharine M. Broton and Clare L. Cady

Book Review: Food Insecurity on Campus: Action and Intervention edited by Katharine M. Broton and Clare L. Cady

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In Food Insecurity on Campus: Action and Intervention, editors Katharine M. Broton and Clare L. Cady present background research and case studies from American college campuses that are in the fight to end hunger among their students, an issue only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers, students and administrators are among those who can use these essays as a […]

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    Book Review: The University and Social Justice: Struggles Across the Globe edited by Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally

Book Review: The University and Social Justice: Struggles Across the Globe edited by Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally

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In The University and Social Justice: Struggles Across the Globe, editors Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally offer a new collection exploring university-based activism and social justice movements around the world. With rich accounts that cover diverse repertoires of action and collective struggles, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the state of Higher Education across the globe, finds Shreya Urvashi.

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February 28th, 2021|Book Reviews, Education|0 Comments|
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    Biden’s relief package should focus on low-income households say expert US economists.

Biden’s relief package should focus on low-income households say expert US economists.

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The first weeks of President Joe Biden’s new administration have seen a focus on getting a large COVID-19 relief and stimulus bill through Congress. Romesh Vaitilingam reports on a new survey of 42 economic experts on the relief proposals, with there being broad agreement that they should focus on relief rather than economic stimulus and that they should target […]

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    Long Read: How Elite Universities Have Promoted Destructive Republican Leaders

Long Read: How Elite Universities Have Promoted Destructive Republican Leaders

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Jeremi Suri writes that while the Republican Party often attacks elite institutions, the party itself is led by graduates of elite universities, institutions which have enabled them to reach their positions of power through self-serving ambition. Elite universities, he argues, must return to their past priority as civic educators, not as engines of privilege.

Since the founding of the republic, […]

January 29th, 2021|Education, Jeremi Suri|0 Comments|
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    Expert US economists agree that cancelling student debt for those on low incomes is preferable to forgiving it for all.

Expert US economists agree that cancelling student debt for those on low incomes is preferable to forgiving it for all.

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began there had been ongoing debates over whether the US government should forgive some or all of the outstanding student loans it holds. Romesh Vaitilingam details the results of a survey of 42 US expert economists on student debt: the majority agree that paying off all student loans would benefit those on higher incomes […]

How student debt influences the behaviour of graduates

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Increasing debt balances induce workers to give up graduate school and buy a house to stop paying rent, write Marc Folch and Luca Mazzone.

Student loans have become the new normal for bachelor’s degree recipients in the United States. Between 1993 and 2016, the percentage of students who had borrowed at any time during their undergraduate years rose from 45 […]

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    AMLO’s attacks on Mexico’s higher education institutions may accelerate the country’s scholarly exodus to the US.

AMLO’s attacks on Mexico’s higher education institutions may accelerate the country’s scholarly exodus to the US.

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In recent months the administration of Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has moved to reform the country’s higher education system by cutting funding and creating new ‘popular’ universities. Jesus Velasco argues that these reforms will cause long-term damage to the country’s future by reducing access to education for the underprivileged and further increasing the brain drain of scholars […]

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    Why Eurocentric literacy measures may be creating the illusion that Black students are underperforming.

Why Eurocentric literacy measures may be creating the illusion that Black students are underperforming.

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Many have written about the apparent ongoing ‘achievement gap’ between young Black and White students, but in new research Patriann Smith and colleagues write that this ‘gap’ may not give a true picture of Black students’ literacy. They find that Black immigrant youth often speak multiple dialects just as their Black American peers do, and also often outperform them, […]

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    Book Review: Storytelling with Data: Let’s Practice! by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

Book Review: Storytelling with Data: Let’s Practice! by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

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In Storytelling with Data: Let’s Practice!, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic presents a new guide to data communication, featuring over 100 hands-on exercises and 250 data visualisations to help build skills in impactful data communication grounded in effective storytelling. Intended for anyone committed to improving their ability to communicate data and complemented by a website that enables users to further hone their skills, […]

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    Book Review: Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost by Caitlin Zaloom

Book Review: Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost by Caitlin Zaloom

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In Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost, Caitlin Zaloom draws on more than 160 interviews with college students and their families to explore how middle-class households in the US pay for university. This is a timely and accessible study that breaks through the taboo surrounding family finances, making useful sociological points not only about the cost of higher […]

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