Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” is still sparking conversations and commentaries over a year after it was published. Margaret Barthel, a college senior when the book hit stores, was once filled with contempt for the Facebook executive’s manifesto. Here’s what she wrote in The Atlantic:
My huffy critique ran something like this: Lean In speaks to and for a very specific group of women—highly educated, skilled professionals, most privileged by their wealth and many by their race. What does it have to offer women of color or lower income women?
But after graduating, looking for work and finding none, she gave “Lean In” another try.
I ended up taking a second look at Sheryl Sandberg, whose neglect of the pervasiveness of racial, socioeconomic, and gender-based social barriers sparked such criticism from my college self (then safely at school on my parents’ dime). Not so (or not so much) anymore: What I needed now, far more than feminist theory, was someone to tell me that I did have the personal strength to respond to the vast, impossibly complex challenges of finding meaningful work in this economy and preparing to navigate the professional world as a young woman. I needed an example of someone who had the audacity to consider the individual, not society, the center of paradigm shifts. I needed a reminder that I owed it to myself to respect the power of my own agency.
Colter told the hearing that players’ performance on the field was more important to Northwestern than their in-class performance, saying, “You fulfill the football requirement and, if you can, you fit in academics.” Asked why Northwestern gave him a scholarship of $75,000 a year, he responded: “To play football. To perform an athletic service.”
Naomi Schaefer Riley argues in the New York Post that it’s not just the students who fill the stadium with fans who are “being screwed” by institutions of higher learning.
Once colleges did away with any kind of real general-education requirements, students were left on their own to figure out what they thought was important. It sounds so exciting, until you realize that 18-year-olds don’t know what they don’t know. And they don’t know what’s going to be important to them later on. And they don’t even know which classes should go before other classes.
The catalogs only provided the illusion of choice anyway. Some of the thousands of listed classes will provide them with the critical thinking skills and real knowledge they need to succeed afterward, but most of them will not. Just think of it as high-stakes gambling with a few hundred thousand dollars worth of tuition.
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A recent op-ed piece in Slate argues that we should raise taxes on childless working professionals in order to give working parents a break. Author Reihan Salam, childless himself, says the financial burden of raising a child is staggering. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that raising a child born in 2012 will cost Read more →
“This growing gap in smoking rates between rich and poor is helping drive inequality in health outcomes, experts say, with, for example, white women on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder now living shorter lives.” Read more →
“That kind of economic inequality would put even America’s striking income imbalance to shame. And it’s hard to imagine even the most ardent members of the Ayn Rand fan club touting it as a model for distributing wealth fairly. ” Read more →