David R. Wheeler

Writer: CNN, Atlantic, New Republic, NY Times

Lexington, Kentucky

David R. Wheeler

Freelance writer for CNN, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times.


What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life.”. What Santens wants to know is this: “If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?”.
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'Predator colleges' should be shut down

For-profit colleges enroll only 13% of the nation's college students, but they account for nearly half of all student loan defaults. Link to Story

As Jobs Become Scarce, Teenagers Drive Farther to Find Work

Many parents hold teenage work experience in the same high regard as good grades and extracurricular activities. But what happens when the corner drugstore closes, the family-owned supermarket shuts its doors, and the only jobs available for high schoolers are more than 30 minutes away? The percentage of teenagers in the workforce has been declining steadily, plummeting by nearly half over the last 15 years.
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Silicon Valley to millennials: Drop dead

(CNN)We have no problem taking Wall Street executives to task for decisions that leave American families financially devastated, yet we give Silicon Valley billionaires a pass when they do the same thing. America needs to realize that instead of creating jobs, Silicon Valley is erasing them, leaving millennials financially stranded before their careers can get off the ground. Link to Story

The Computer Will See You Now

A growing number of people are turning to online counseling, possibly at the expense of their privacy or the quality of the mental-health care they receive. If there was any question about whether the mental-health profession would be safe from technological disruption, the answer is now clear—and it’s a resounding “no.”.
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Is a radical 'no email' policy a moral failure?

Whether or not the email policy is enacted, one thing is clear: America could learn a thing or two from Germany when it comes to healthy work attitudes. Link to Story

When the Diagnosis Is Rare, Parents May Know More Than Professionals

Despite reassurances from their pediatrician, David Faughn and Glenda McCoy, new parents, knew something was wrong with their baby, Katherine. It was April 2012. They had expected Katherine to continue to hit all the developmental stages right on time. They even expected her to start walking early.
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The Rise of the Passport Professor

With a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford University—and a growing body of research—Christopher Stroop initially expected to find a full-time job as a professor at an American university. But as increasing numbers of highly qualified American Ph.D.s have discovered, you can have all the right credentials—a doctorate from a prestigious institution, fantastic references, and even a book deal—and still not secure a full-time position at an American university.
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In Colorado, history gets Botoxed

Hundreds of students in Colorado walked out of classes this week in response to recent attempts by the conservative-leaning Jefferson County board of education to change the school curriculum. Link to Story

Scotland, you want out? We'll take your place

If Scotland votes to secede, does that open up a spot for another country? And if so -- Scotland, can we take your place? Link to Story

The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy

As full-time pastors become a thing of the past, more and more seminary grads are taking on secular jobs to supplement their incomes. Justin Barringer, a seminary graduate, couldn't get a full-time position at a church, even after applying to nearly a hundred jobs. For someone seeking a full-time job as a church pastor, Justin Barringer would seem to have the perfect résumé.
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When life gives you Comcast, make a shamecast

Shamecasting is what I'm calling tech journalist Ryan Block's ingenious method of publicly shaming Comcast for the way the cable company treated him on the phone. Link to Story


David R. Wheeler

Journalism professor at Asbury University.

Freelancer for CNN, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times.

Newspaper adviser for The Asbury Collegian.

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