Two contrasting articles on prisons. One from ‘The New Yorker’ and the other one from ‘The Guardian’. Six million people are under correctional supervision in the U.S.—more than were in Stalin’s gulags. A prison is a trap for catching time. Good reporting appears often about the inner life of the American prison, but the catch is that American prison life is mostly undramatic—the reported stories … Continue reading Prisons

T-shaped graduates

Interesting article on Stanford from ‘The New Yorker‘. Interdisciplinary education. This is the philosophy now promoted at the various schools at Stanford—engineering, business, medicine, science, design—which encourages students from diverse majors to come together to solve real or abstract problems. The goal is to have them become what are called “T-shaped” students, who have depth in a particular field of study but also breadth across multiple disciplines. Stanford … Continue reading T-shaped graduates