One of the most powerful ways that marginalized groups can affect their status on the fringe is through education. Yet education is often one of the difficult hoops that marginalized groups most jump through in order to see actual upwards progress. Many schools were not well enough equipped to handle gifted students as well as the rest of student […]

            Self-help literature is generally perceived as an American cultural literacy and a socioeconomic phenomenon, however, this could change. As an American cultural literacy, self-help is prolific in American bookstores, libraries, and online retail websites. As a socioeconomic phenomenon, it has become a multi-billion dollar business. Unique attributes of American society such as capitalism, individualism, […]

The Danger of MOOCs

April 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are the fastest growing trend in education. In 2003 college students taking at least one MOOC made up only 11.7% of the total enrolled student population, in 2011 they made up 32%. Supporters of MOOCs praise this growth saying it shows the growing democratization and spread of college education. However, […]

             Often considered the queen of comedy, Joan Rivers has been working in the business for almost 40 years and at the age of 79, she still will not let anyone bring her down. As one of the first female legends of comedy, she has influenced many other women in comedy and has set the […]

Culture is a term that is nearly impossible to define, yet we try to decide whether those around us are literate in their own culture or not.  How does this affect how Latin American children who are denied access to this already elusive culture.  This is especially relevant in respects to language.  I would like […]

For my essay I want to look into the recent developments in online classes and try and look into how well they actually teach students, how far have they actually spread and thus are they really spreading opportunities or just creating new opportunities for the already privileged, and I will use my own personal experience […]

My senior of High School I took an AP lit class that Orwell would have hated incredibly. It is the best example of using fancy words for no  reason other then to sound intelligent. The example I will use here centers around the word use. We were banned from using use in any of our […]

Orwell Would Hate Me

March 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

It is not unlikely that I there is a disjunction between my mode of writing and Orwell’s axioms. He hit the nail on the head when he critiqued writers who egregiously facilitate dispensable vocabulary and integrate dog dead tired colloquialisms and verbiage into their prose. It is certainly not untrue that I frequently violate these rules […]

Martha Mihalick’s talk was very inspiring and interesting. Also, she was able to present herself in a very humorous and relatable way.  She began talking about her career that involved doing what she loves-reading. It was exciting to hear that the graduate was able to follow her dream job after leaving Dickinson. I felt as […]

Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “In the Waiting Room” is concerned with understanding both the narrator, a young girl, and her aunt Consuelo. It is clear that their identities are quite complex. Looking more specifically at Aunt Consuelo and the etymology of certain words used to describe her, one can make the argument that these two characters […]

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