Y'all act like George W. Bush (who went to yale, harvard), Bill O'Reilly (who went to harvard), Glenn Beck (who went to yale), and Mitt Romney (who went to harvard), etc. are anomalies among prestigious universities.

These people are not unintelligent; these people are not uneducated.

Acquisition of higher education isn’t the same as not being willfully ignorant. You can be highly educated and say ignorant shit, it’s actually pretty common: hence this blog.

Stop putting your faith in our education system to rid our society of systematic oppression. Higher education actively encourages oppression.

Charging people lots of money to provide them with skills they could learn from an Internet video is probably not gonna be a viable long-term financial model,” says Richard Miller, president of Olin College of Engineering. “Knowledge is now a commodity. It’s really inexpensive and easy to get. Who’s gonna pay you for that? So now we’re in the process of changing.

“Trans women offer a perspective into how gender perceptions work that cis women don’t have. Many of us have a history of having been assumed male and heterosexual, regardless of our true gender and sexuality. This allows those of us with that background to understand differently how these identities are perceived in ways that cis women do not. Many of us know what it’s like to be judged for our intelligence rather than (or in spite of) our appearances, to be praised rather than reprimanded for speaking up, and to be more valued simply because of our gender. We also know the price of giving up those privileges to be who we are, and experience this unfairness in a way that can bring great insight to other women – if we’re given the chance.

At the same time, the harmful policing of gender expression is an experience both trans and cis women share. Just as cis women have historically sought women’s colleges to be able to express themselves without default assumptions about how women should behave, trans women also have a history of feeling burdened by the expectations of a male gender many of us are fundamentally alienated from. Thus, trans women have great potential not just to provide insight into male privilege in a women’s college setting, but also the ways in which default gender expectations themselves – whether male or female – can be limiting at best and severely destructive at worst.”

Fascinating how thaat male privilege that apparently females need to be taught about (cause there is NO WAY WE WOULD KNOW WHAT THAT IS) is never linked to what causes the need for women’s colleges or women’s oppression.

WHAT FUCKING INSIGHT can that possibly provide?!  Motherfucker, we’ve known all this shit for our entire fucking lives!  We have lived every moment working our ways around these inequalities!  That’s why the damn colleges were opened in the fucking FIRST PLACE.  You are the ones who have no idea what it might be to live without that!  

This person also talks about this as though male privilege is not directly related to female oppression.  Here, male privilege is only discussed as a tool to educate the poor, widdle, unknowing girls.  That we should make sure to use female-only spaces to learn about male privilege.  That’s what trans women have to offer women’s colleges and we should be gagging for it.

You know what is not mentioned?  That male privilege causes female oppression.  Not a part of the conversation.  Our oppression is literally scripted out, and male privilege is now a valuable conversation to focus our time on.  Not how male privilege staunches our freedom, but that male privilege is a teaching tool for what we never had.

This is truly becoming so unbelievable.

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Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #5: How to Reinvent Education

Senator Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: Making public colleges and universities tuition-free.

I couldn’t agree more. Higher education isn’t just a personal investment. It’s a public good that pays off in a more competitive workforce and better-informed and engaged citizens. Every year, we spend nearly $100 billion on corporate welfare, and more than $500 billion on defense spending. Surely ensuring the next generation can compete in the global economy is at least as important as subsidies for big business and military adventures around the globe.

In fact, I think we can and must go further — not just making public higher education tuition-free, but reinventing education in America as we know it. (That’s the subject of this latest video in my partnership with MoveOn, “The Big Picture: Ten Ideas to Save the Economy.” Please take a moment to watch now.)

In the big picture, much of our education system — from the bells that ring to separate classes to memorization drills — was built to mirror the assembly lines that powered the American economy for the last century. As educators know, what we need today is a system of education that cultivates the critical thinking skills necessary for the economy of tomorrow.

We have to reinvent education because it’s not working for too many of our kids – who are either dropping out of high school because they aren’t engaged, or not getting the skills they need, or paying a fortune for college and ending up with crushing student debt.

How do we get there?

First, stop the wall-to-wall testing that’s destroying the love of teaching and learning. Let’s get back to a curriculum that builds curiosity, problem solving, teamwork and perseverance, and away from teaching to the test. Give teachers space to teach, and give students freedom to learn. Limit classrooms to 20 children so teachers can give students the individual attention they need.

Increase federal funding for education. The majority of U.S. public school students today live in poverty. That’s a staggering figure. Our schools and educators aren’t equipped to deal with this harsh reality but we know ways to change that. High-quality early childhood education, for starters. Community schools to serve the whole child, with health services, counselors, and after school activities.

Offer high school seniors the option of a year of technical education, followed by two years of free technical education at a community college. The route into the middle class shouldn’t always require a four-year college degree. America needs technicians who can install, service, repair, and upgrade complex equipment in offices, laboratories, hospitals, and factories.

And Senator Sanders has proposed, make public higher education free — from community college to state universities — completely free, as it was in many states in the 1950s and 1960s. Higher education isn’t just a personal investment. It’s a public good that pays off in a more competitive workforce and better-informed and engaged citizens.

And critically, we must increase pay and improve conditions for the men and women who power our schools—teachers and school staff who educate our kids, clean our classrooms, and keep our schools safe.

The law of supply and demand isn’t repealed at the schoolhouse door. We’re paying investment bankers hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars a year to make money for Wall Street. We ought to be paying educators and staff a decent wage to develop and guide the nation’s human capital – an investment that would benefit everyone.

By reinventing education in these sensible ways, we all gain.

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so my mom got rejected for a $4500 parent PLUS loan and now my only way to pay for school is to either make $4500 out of my ass or to get a cosigner for a 3rd party loan. i was rejected all other forms of help from the financial aid office, and my grandfather (the only person i know with good credit) refuses to help me because i’m transgender.

i am working 2 minimum-wage jobs, but it’s not paying the $4500. it’s really important to me that i stay in school because i am the first generation to go to school in my family and i am the first in all of my family to study abroad. if i can’t get this loan, then i can’t stay in school. and that will be the end of my future.

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As individuals and organizations across the United States that serve and represent Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities, we believe that equal opportunity is a cherished principle in American society that must be protected. Our universities should reflect our diverse democracy and expand opportunities for those students who have overcome significant barriers. Rather than letting ourselves be divided, we must come together to ensure increased opportunities and success for all students.

Unfortunately, there have been attempts by some to engage in divisive wedge politics by using misguided, misleading tactics to attack equal opportunity by calling for an end to race sensitive admissions policies at educational institutions such as Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Opponents of affirmative action have wrongfully and disingenuously equated affirmative action with quotas.

This is not true. Affirmative action does not constitute quotas.

Affirmative action policies help to level the playing field and promote diverse university learning environments that are essential in our multiracial and multicultural society. Our democracy benefits from a diverse and educated populace and workforce.

Those who are truly committed to equal educational opportunity should demonstrate real leadership and reinvest in higher education throughout the nation to expand access, affordability, equity, and student success. Decades of disinvestment in higher education across the country have made college less accessible for all students, especially students of color. We call for unity in standing up for the future of our youth and realizing the promise of equal opportunity for all in the United States.

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There are 6 college experiences that determine future success.

Earlier this month, Gallup released a new analysis of the the 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index, a survey of 30,000 college graduates released in September 2014. Within the reams of data, they concluded that just a specific handful of college experiences accounted for a disproportionate share of the participants’ long-term success in life. It starts with support from professors and experiential experiences.

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In the last week, the chasm between Republicans and Democrats on higher education has become clear. On the one hand, Democrats have begun a sustained push for debt-free higher education. Hillary Clinton will make the issue central to her campaign and both House and Senate Democrats introduced a resolution calling for debt-free higher education. While Democrats see public higher education as a public good that contributes to economic growth and innovation, Republicans see higher education as a consumer good that only the wealthy should enjoy. These two visions will collide in 2016, the vision of everyday Americans and the vision of the plutocrats.

Over the past couple of decades, Republicans have dramatically cut back public funding for higher education. Why?

A study published last year in Psychological Science showed that students who write out notes longhand remember conceptual information better than those who take notes on a computer. “Whereas taking more notes can be beneficial,” the article’s abstract reported, “laptop note takers’ tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than processing information and reframing it in their own words is detrimental to learning.”