The New School for Social Research produces intellectually stimulating content making me appreciative of the time these academics give to educating the public. The conversations panelists and guest speakers have expose the audience to various views on a specific topic. Therefore, the audience must consider various perspectives on a given issue. I also appreciate the way historical background is woven into most discussions.
This video, VOICES OF CRISIS: The Crisis Continues, features one veteran activist and artist with two relative newcomers, and the enlightening dialogue provides insight into current struggles for self-determination.
Most intriguing to me was when panelist Raquel Cepeda makes a brief mention of the term “academic genocide”. I had not heard of this term, and unfortunately, due to time constraints, the term does not get discussed on this panel. However, it intrigued me to the extent that I tweeted about it:
@contentnet: Academic opportunities denied to students perceived to be not of the status quo are suspect. #academicgenocide
Why does the term, academic genocide, intrigue me? While there are many public and private universities that provide students an excellent education, it is also true that higher education is costly, and resources tend to be inequitably distributed. This New York Times opinion piece, “College, the great unleveler,” by Suzanne Mettler (March 1, 2014) discusses growing inequality in higher education. The piece explains that this problem affects for-profit schools, in particular.
Could students’ economic status play a role in college matriculation? Does higher education winnow out the less economically privileged students in favor of those who might become big fund raisers and donors upon graduation?
If you are familiar with the term “academic genocide” please share your thoughts in the comments.
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