The Brazilian Right’s Fight Against Its Leftist Boogeyman

Jun 16, 2020

The late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) was a prominent figure in the 20th-century critical pedagogy movement and the celebrated author of the ground-breaking 1968 text, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.” Freire’s seminal work proposes a dialogical method of teaching literacy that...

The Vanishing Social Dimension of Education in the Wake of COVID-19

Jun 10, 2020

Like most other human activities, education has been brutally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditional classroom, a place of safety in which the teacher reigned over students and represented a form of political order, suddenly came to be seen as a petri dish of disease threatening not...

Do You Need Intelligence to Get Through University?

May 12, 2020

René Descartes famously wrote in Latin, “cogito, ergo sum” or “I think, therefore I am.” He believed that the way we think implies an awareness of the act of thinking. In contrast to other living species, this endows us with a sense of “self,” an identity. In other words, what we call...

Elon Musk Has No Use for College

Mar 12, 2020

Who isn’t interested in any random pronouncement that Elon Musk makes? After all, he’s smart and he’s rich and getting richer every day. He also acts like a media celebrity, saying provocative things in public, which most smart or rich people — who don’t seek to be known as brands —...

Why Is the JNU Fee Hike Causing Such an Uproar?

Dec 03, 2019

The recent news of a housing fee hike at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has created a storm. JNU is a premier institution based in New Delhi, India, which has produced alumni whose contributions have benefited society both in India and the world at large. The institution has been funded by...

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