Extra credit: The 10 most banned books of 2014

Your weekend reading list

The EAB Daily Briefing editorial team highlights interesting higher ed stories and studies that didn't quite make this week's Briefing. What are you reading this weekend?

Dan Diamond's read

He paid off $125,000 in student debt—in six years. I stumbled across this fascinating 2014 piece by journalist Chadwick Matlin, who details every painful twist that accidentally led him to assume so much student debt, and then explains how he committed to a life of austerity to promptly pay it off. Matlin also did a follow-up interview with Fusion's Felix Salmon, who pushed Matlin to define whether the initial debt and his subsequent spartan existence was worth it. (Specifically, whether Matlin would have had the same career without going to an expensive, elite private university.)


Emily Hatton's read

The most banned books of 2014 were named by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom this week. The organization released its annual list of challenged books—noting that authors of color were disproportionally represented.


Kristin Tyndall's read

Meet Jar'Edo Wens, an Australian aboriginal deity—and decade-long Wikipedia hoax. This article might come in handy the next time your students try to argue that Wikipedia is a perfectly reliable source. Apparently, editors have already discovered 33 "major hoaxes" in 2015. One researcher intentionally added 31 major errors to high-traffic pages on the site—and two months later, only around half of them have been caught.


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