Weekly Round up: May 17, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the Weekly Round-Up!

If you’ve got stories or links that you think ought to be shared for next week, you can email us at unidiversityblog@gmail.com, or tweet us @uni_di_versity.

Government policies affect the way we engage with and access education – some policies more than others. A Stanford student wrote in the Guardian this week about how his parents’ choice to stay on past their visas’ expiry dates has impacted his education.

Most North American students probably remember that one chapter in their grade school history textbooks that purported to cover indigenous history. The material was almost universally oversimplified and failed to situate the material in a historical context. But what if European history were taught the same way?

Sure, it’s a list article from last year, but the stuff on it is still pretty darn neat. Check out the top 30 education startups of 2012 and find some cool ways to teach yourself something new.

The death of international relations theorist Kenneth Waltz led University of Manchester professor Roger MacGinty to meditate on the role of ‘the greats’ in academia – and consider that perhaps, in the interests of a more diverse discourse, we ought to be a bit less reverential.

I’m about to link you to Deadspin – I know, I’m as shocked as you are. But they’ve got a great infographic showing the highest-paid public employees by US state. Spoiler: they all work at universities – mostly as sports coaches.

Lastly, because I’m a TED fangirl, here’s a TED talk from the archive about the need for schools to promote creativity, not just knowledge:

Have a great weekend!

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