If Academe is Part of the Problem of Inequality and Oligarchy, What’s Our Solution?

Here’s a link my morning hastac.org blog, in our Futures Initiative group:  “If Academe is Part of the Problem, What’s Our Solution?”  http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2015/02/24/if-academe-part-problem-inequality-and-oligarchy-what-solution-futur

This begins with a new study that shows how higher education exacerbates the inequality that, as academics, we are so good at pointing out in society at large.  Then it says “let’s look inward.”   It ends with three–now up to five– things we as academics can do.   Now.  Some are even easy and fun.  What are yours?  Please add your own ideas in the Comments section or on twitter at #futuresEd



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  1. Cathy, I love this post, particularly when you ask us to make changes today in our classrooms. One thing I have started doing, as I mentioned in class yesterday, is letting my own unraveling need for authority become more apparent as it unravels. I’m letting my students more behind the curtain, so to speak, and showing them (I hope!) that this is their class as much as (or more than) it is mine. I want them to feel empowered to take ownership of discussion (which is very fluid and lively in ways that I love) and also of different projects. One of my hopes for the multimodal work we’re doing on Bechdel and Alexie is that my students can, in their groups, continue to figure out how they want the projects to go.

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