The LSU Top 5 #57

This is the 57th of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

Don’t Give Up on the LectureThe Atlantic

It’s difficult to go against the grain, especially when you’re labelled as out of touch and even arrogant or undemocratic for doing so. The author does this, though, in defence of the lecture.


The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get HiredTime

The article collects several surveys of employers and students looking at how ready they are to work. The common theme in these surveys is that it isn’t technical skills that graduates lack, but soft skills.


What It’s Like to Be a Middle-Aged College StudentThe Atlantic

We all have regrets, and we’d all do things differently if we went back to university. Here, a 60ish year old dropout goes back to finally get her degree. Two particularly interesting bits:

James Fallon, a neuroscientist at University of Irvine, claims “people are at their maximum cognitive abilities are in their 60s. It’s the ideal time to balance their executive functions, which younger students don’t necessarily have yet, with intellectual techniques which are likely still there but haven’t been used for a long time.” Fallon, who is 66, says, “I have never been more creative and productive.”


I am trying my best. I have learned to raise my hand again. I have learned to hold my tongue, even if it means not saying I found a mistake in the syllabus, that my father funded the release of the My Lai massacre report being discussed, or that I dated one of the authors of the Port Huron Statement.


Social Media and Higher Education – Tips for Success and Who’s Doing It RightHigher Ed Marketing Journal

This is a nice guide to marketing in higher ed through social media, with examples from institutions in the US.


What will education look like in 2023?Nick Hood

This is a summary and the author’s thoughts from the SELMAS Annual Conference about the outlook for education over the next ten years. According to speakers, though education could be changed in one way or another, it will continue to give people “the permission to own their own lives”.

“…bringing young people to that realisation is potentially in the hands of their teachers, who in this sense, give (or rather, allow young people to take for themselves) permission to own their own lives”.


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