Word of the Day: infrastructure

infrastructure ˈin-frə-ˌstrək-chər noun

1. the basic structure or features of a system or organization

2. the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area

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The word infrastructure has appeared in 2,803 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on May 13 in the Opinion guest essay “My College Students Are Not OK” by Jonathan Malesic:

It’s true that some students thrive with the flexibility and freedom afforded by Covid-era policies. Jeffrey Vancil, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Dallas (where my wife teaches and where I taught last year), said that in his first year, he could study more efficiently by watching lecture recordings on his own schedule and at faster speeds. He didn’t have to waste time moving from building to building. And with the extra time, he could work for political groups and as a volunteer firefighter.

After his classes went mostly in-person, he said, he had to pull back on his extracurriculars, and his grades suffered. The best approach, in his view, would be to “let people choose” how to take their classes, “because we now have the infrastructure in place that we can record lectures and have in-person ones for people who learn best each way,” he said.

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