What Books Inspire You?

In August last year, Julia’s Facebook feed was covered by people posting about the books that have “stayed with them.” The trend inspired us here at the 5th Floor to think about the books that have sparked our sociological imaginations over the years. Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing our picks: Sarah Mosseri     […]

Friday Five: Worth the Wait

This week’s Friday Five is coming a bit late, but we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share several thought-provoking articles from the week.   The posts below tap into a growing ambivalence and uncertainty that has hit America’s educational institutions.  Questions about accountability, sustainability and the preservation of knowledge exist in the minds […]

Friday Five: ‘Tis the Season

The snow is falling, the bells are ringing and controversy is in the air.  This week was filled with lots of brouhaha—check it out below! Social media is abuzz debating Beyonce’s feminism and Duck Dynasty’s homophobia but unfortunately not enough people are talking about R. Kelly’s sexual predation on teenage girls. Get the scoop @VillageVoice […]

A Backward Proposal for Improving America’s Future

With the nation’s position as a global power at stake, educators at all levels are under significant pressure to produce a new generation of Americans who can compete successfully at the global level.  Unfortunately, reports show that U.S. students are falling behind (see here and here), leading policymakers to push for more rigorous standards in […]

Friday Five: Going Places

Where are you this week? Our Friday Five looks at different spaces and places through some of the week’s most interesting articles: Is Jezebel your go-to site for feminist thought? What are your thoughts on The American Prospect’s discussion of the site’s evolution? Although western cultures seem increasingly concerned with measuring, ranking, and numbering our […]

The Friday Five: Fright Edition

We saw our fair share of ghost, goblins & ghouls this week, but sometimes reality can be scarier than fantasy.  These week’s Friday Five features some of the most frightening stories of the week: We find Hanna Rosin’s “End of Men” argument quite horrifying—not because we buy it but because we’re afraid that others will! […]