I’ve got a new piece up in Dissent, a magazine I’ve admired since I was but a child. It’s pretty exciting to actually be published there myself. You can find it here: http://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/the-users-of-the-university
Some of you may have seen this article a few weeks ago, about a new plan to set tuition by major in Florida: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/education/florida-may-reduce-tuition-for-select-majors.html?hpw&_r=0. Needless to say, I am emphatically not a fan.
My piece discusses the historical roots and implications of this sort of approach: Where it comes from, what it says about the people who proposed it, and why Florida is a natural place for it to begin. Hope you enjoy.