I went to college and all I got . . .

Hegemonic Representations of Women’s Sexuality on Hurricane Katrina Souvenir T-shirts – Macomber, Kris, Christine Mallinson, Elizabeth Seale (equal authorship), Journal of Popular Culture.

Via Edububble.

Childhood’s ‘long shadow’

Only 4 percent of low-income Baltimore children had earned a college degree by age 28, concludes a Johns Hopkins study that followed 790 first graders for 22 years. Forty-five percent of higher-income children went on to earn a degree.

“A family’s resources and the doors they open cast a long shadow over children’s life trajectories,” Johns Hopkins sociologist Karl Alexander says The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth and the Transition to Adulthood.

White men from low-income backgrounds were less likely to attend college, but more likely to find well-paying blue-collar jobs. At age 28, 45 percent were working in construction trades and industrial crafts, compared with 15 percent of black men from similar backgrounds.

At age 18, 89 percent of white dropouts were working compared with 40 percent of black drop-outs.

White women from low-income backgrounds were much more likely than black women to be in stable family unions with a working spouse or partner.

At age 28, 49 percent of black men and 41 percent of white men from low-income backgrounds had a criminal conviction. But whites were much more likely to be working because of their stronger social networks, the study found.

On their way

Work Hard. Go to College. Change the World! is the motto of Democracy Prep Charter High in Harlem. The first graduating class shows where they’ll be going to college in the fall.

Graduation is just the beginning

San Jose’s Downtown College Prep — the charter school in my book — is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its first graduating class at commencement ceremonies for the class of 2014.  Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, will be the  keynote speaker.

DCP now has three middle and high schools — the fourth will open in the fall — and more than 500 alumni. Nearly all are Latinos from low-income families. Eighty percent of incoming students are 2+ years below grade level in English and/or math. Ninety-six percent will be the first in their family to go to college.

All DCP seniors apply to four-year universities and 96 percent go directly to college

DCP students are 4 times more likely than all California Latino high school graduates to enroll in a state university

DCP students are four times more likely to complete college in six-years than their low-income peers nationwide

DCP was ranked #36 out of 2,000 schools in California by U.S. News in 2013 and 2014.

Donations made today here will be matched by the Sobrato Foundation.

Zombies on campus

Zombie Studies are gaining ground on college campuses, reports the Wall Street Journal. Classes exploiting the walking dead seem to be unstoppable.

The last five years have seen 20 new scholarly books with “zombie” in the title or topic category. Lyle Bishop, chair of Southern Utah University’s English department, turned his PhD dissertation into American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture.

At California State University, East Bay, Philosophy Professor Christopher Moreman co-edited a two-volume collection of essays on The Humanity of the Walking Dead and Cross-Cultural Appropriations of the monsters. He teaches “Philosophy 3432: Religion, Monsters and Horror.”

Many U.S. college graduates can’t read or write well, says Michael Poliakoff, policy director for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. “What have we given up in order to dabble in the undead?”

Or, to put it another way, for this you went to college?

Speech-zone suit costs college $50,000

California’s Modesto Junior College has agreed to drop its “free speech zone” and pay $50,000 to settle a First Amendment lawsuit. Robert Van Tuinen, an Army veteran turned photography student, was prevented from passing out copies of the Constitution on campus.

My thesis in one sentence

On LOL My Thesis, college students — mostly undergrads – summarize their theses in a single sentence.

For example:

Putting colored mud on something and moving it around can end up looking pretty, and I can look cool while doing this.
MFA- Painting, New York Academy of Art

Students who write papers using Google translate typically do worse than if they had just copied from the textbook
French, University of North Texas

There is a maximum temperature at which ants can survive.
Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Internet kind of sucks.
College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University.

I spent 372 pages describing what Kafka meant by everything he didn’t write.
Humanities, University of Louisville

Can’t we all just get along? Get along my way, that is, not everyone else’s wrong way.
Political Science, Reed College

Canadian diamonds are hella old.
Geology, University of Alberta

Looking continuously at nothing but a 2 foot wide square piece of soundproofing board for a couple of hours straight with an EEG strapped to your head reveals very little about visual attention.
Psychology, University of New England

I stared at kids playing videogames to prove that kids like playing videogames.
Psychology, University of Denver

When stars blow up, they make lots of different shapes; turns out this is for lots of different reasons.
Astrophysics, The University of Sydney

Using the word “discourse” makes you sound really sophisticated.
Communication and Culture, York University

 I scared rats with a fire alarm and measured how high they jumped.
M.A. Experimental Psychology, The University of Toledo

A McGill physiology major writes: “Well, I basically cured Cystic Fibrosis.” Really?

‘Sooner, simpler, smarter’ college aid

College aid should be “sooner, simpler and smarter,” advocates say.

Disadvantaged students need more and better information on colleges, degrees and financial aid.

Lacrosse to the future

The Medicine Game, which airs on PBS tonight, is the story of two brothers from the Onondaga Nation who are determined to play lacrosse for national powerhouse Syracuse University. Over six years, they struggle to rebuild their friendship, rescue their dream, and understand their identity and culture.

Michelle Obama pushes college, job training

It’s not just fruits, vegetables and exercise any more: Michelle Obama is using her personal story to promote postsecondary education, reports the New York Times.

The First Lady is urging low-income students to continue their education after high school “whether that’s going to a community college, or getting a technical certificate, or completing a training opportunity, or heading off to a four-year college.”

“I’m here today because I want you to know that my story can be your story,” Mrs. Obama told students at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington D.C.

The daughter of a city water worker in Chicago, Mrs. Obama attended magnet schools and earned degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law School.