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My Daughter’s Teacher Called CPS on Us

Slate · 4 min

Slate Plus members get more Care and Feeding every week. My 14-year-old daughter is a high-level fencer. She is very talented and highly competitive. She is also very hard on herself.

The College Degree Is in Shambles

The Chronicle of Higher Education · 5 min

College degrees are assets. Or at least they are sufficiently asset-like that many people are willing to borrow large amounts of money to obtain them. Degrees unlock valuable parts of the labor market and yield returns in the form of additional compensation that can be used to make loan payments.

The Student-Centered Syllabus

The Chronicle of Higher Education · 9 min

Like many professors, Jennifer L. Gauthier has returned to the classroom this semester. But she hasn’t returned to the way she used to teach. The pandemic forced Gauthier, a professor of media and culture at Randolph College, in Virginia, to adjust to remote instruction.

My Daughter’s Teacher is Seriously Behind the Times

Slate · 9 min

Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. In addition to our traditional advice, every Thursday we feature an assortment of teachers from across the country answering your education questions. Have a question for our teachers? Email askateacher@slate.

I’m Still Traumatized by What a Teacher Did to Me

Slate · 3 min

Slate Plus members get more Care and Feeding from Jamilah Lemieux and the other columnists every week. I went to a private Christian school as a child in the 1990s and had a horrible experience. My teacher, who was the headmaster, was abusive—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

What’s a College Degree Worth?

The Chronicle of Higher Education · 11 min

Higher education’s data crunchers have increasingly been training their sights on the postgraduation career path. It’s an often-unpredictable trajectory shaped by students’ aspirations, talents, and backgrounds, by economic conditions, and by institutions’ effectiveness as launching pads.

The Demoralization of the American Teacher

Quillette · 12 min

Ten years ago, I showed up for my first day as a high school teacher. I had landed a job in the best school of what is often called a “destination district.” Still, I knew I was facing an uphill battle. Warnings abounded of an American public school system in decline. But I was undeterred.