Steve Salerno

Steve Salerno

Steve Salerno is a nonfiction author and widely published essayist who has taught journalism and media studies at University of Nevada-Las Vegas since 2017.

The Burden of the Best?

The Burden of the Best?

From self-belief to self-care.

Steve Salerno
Steve Salerno
12 min read
Science / Tech
What Is Black America?

What Is Black America?

Each year as America toggles from Black History Month to March Madness, I find myself thinking of the Nigerian student who walked into my college office some years ago at around this time. This brilliant young man and aspiring academic told me of his discomfort with Black History Month, and

Steve Salerno
Steve Salerno
10 min read
Politics
Confusing Cure and Disease

Confusing Cure and Disease

In 2005, I published a book attacking the dogma then bleeding over from pop psychology into American society-at-large. My primary target was the self-esteem movement, which had been entrenched in schools since the late ’70s. By the time of my book’s publication, it was receiving ambient reinforcement everywhere else—

Steve Salerno
Steve Salerno
5 min read
Education
Sexual Assault and the Taboo of Sound Advice

Sexual Assault and the Taboo of Sound Advice

One recent Friday, campus police at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), sent out a school-wide welcome email offering safety tips to students, some of whom are incoming freshman and the rest of whom would be on campus for the first time in a while. “With the first week of

Steve Salerno
Steve Salerno
5 min read
Activism
Declining Med School Standards in a Time of Pandemic

Declining Med School Standards in a Time of Pandemic

In the beginning were the Medical College Admission Tests, or MCATs, a time-honored means of ascertaining worthiness for medical school. Formulated by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the MCATs assessed an applicant’s cognitive heft and baseline acumen in such no-nonsense disciplines as anatomy, biology, kinesiology, chemistry, and other

Steve Salerno
Steve Salerno
5 min read
Education
Dual-Enrollment—Effective Strategies or Seductive Stratagems?

Dual-Enrollment—Effective Strategies or Seductive Stratagems?

Ever since affirmative action debuted to skepticism and court challenges, educators have sought alternative blueprints for boosting minority representation in college and, in turn, the white-collar stratum of American society. This has been especially true in the technical disciplines that lead to high-paying STEM jobs. With the University of California

Steve Salerno
Steve Salerno
7 min read
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Mediocrity for All!

Mediocrity for All!

It strikes me as ironic that in a realm like education, the lesson America’s scholastic visionaries never seem to learn is also the most simple lesson of all—that education should be about educating. Theorists persist in reinventing the wheel, sometimes with good intentions and sometimes in the service

Steve Salerno
Steve Salerno
9 min read
Education
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of....What Exactly?

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of....What Exactly?

On June 28, the morning after her eyebrow-raising theatrics at the second Democratic debate, New Age high priestess-cum-presidential aspirant Marianne Williamson retweeted this: The power of your mind is greater than the power of nuclear radiation. Visualize angels dispersing it into nothingness. — Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) March 29, 2011While Williamson’s

Steve Salerno
Steve Salerno
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