Monthly Archives: December 2018

High school student movement: return on some historical mobilizations

High school student movement: return on some historical mobilizations

The student movements, when they are of any magnitude, can not be reduced to “manipulation” or “contagion” as some believe (or want to make him believe). To have any chance of coming out from above, it is best to try to understand them in their own physiognomy, their “tempo” and their evolutionary “geography”. Comparing them to other […] … learn more→

The next great leap forward? Combining robots with the Internet of Things

The next great leap forward? Combining robots with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a popular vision of objects with internet connections sending information back and forth to make our lives easier and more comfortable. It’s emerging in our homes, through everything from voice-controlled speakers to smart temperature sensors. To improve our fitness, smart watches and Fitbits are telling online apps how much we’re moving around. And across entire cities, interconnected […] … learn more→

The student as prostitute…now in the UK

The student as prostitute…now in the UK

I’ve covered before how many college graduates now become prostitutes to help pay off their student debt, but that’s only addressing what happens after a student graduates and realizes her degree is worthless and has no choice. A far larger share of students become prostitutes, or semi-prostitutes (at the risk of splitting hairs) while still […] … learn more→

How will smart cars affect our driving habits?

How will smart cars affect our driving habits?

Earlier this year, California gave the green light for self-driving cars to be tested on public roads, essentially enabling AI-controlled vehicles to operate alongside those with humans at the wheel. It’s an exciting time for sure, but the reality of the situation is chilling for some of us. Technology has gradually played a bigger and […] … learn more→

International students: universities must lead fight against intolerance of migrants

International students: universities must lead fight against intolerance of migrants

What happens when the president of the world’s leading superpower makes inflammatory comments about immigrants and wins an election based largely on a racist and nationalist platform? As we’ve seen over the past two years, his followers feel emboldened and righteous in their discrimination against immigrants, despite their hopes, ambitions and rich personal histories. Similarly in the UK, […] … learn more→

Cleaning up, ready for the next phase

Cleaning up, ready for the next phase

The PhD is finished, and finally, everything is packed away in my home office; but it took me 18 months to get to this concluding stage. My desk was unusable for the year-and-a-half that followed my graduation and the mess worsened as the months slipped by. After the final printing, the lovely purple-bound copy of […] … learn more→

How activists are fighting racial disparities in school discipline

How activists are fighting racial disparities in school discipline

Harsh and racially disparate discipline practices are widespread in America’s schools. Not so long ago in Texas, for instance, 75 percent of black students had been suspended at some point in high school. For black males in Texas, 83 percent were suspended. Nationally, black students lost nearly five times as many days of instruction due to out-of-school suspensions as […] … learn more→

Eight ways to write theory very badly

Eight ways to write theory very badly

If you want to be the person who makes their reader sigh and eventually give up when they get to your theoretical ‘bit’, here’s some non-fail writing strategies. Do these and I guarantee your reader will be enervated and/or exasperated: Don’t explain any of the specific terms you use Let your reader guess how it […] … learn more→

Tips and tricks to stay sharp over winter break

Tips and tricks to stay sharp over winter break

Winter break is a time for relaxation, not hibernation. It’s natural to let children sleep in longer and stay up later, but they’ll often fall into patterns of inactivity which prove detrimental to their studies. Their work falls by the wayside as they procrastinate, pushing school from their minds. This remains a perennial problem for […] … learn more→

Fight for federal right to education takes a new turn

Fight for federal right to education takes a new turn

A new fight to secure a federal constitutional right to education is spreading across the country. This fight has been a long time coming and is now suddenly at full steam. In 1973, plaintiffs in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez argued that school funding inequities violated the right to education. The Supreme Court rejected education […] … learn more→