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California Tuition Turmoil

Nov 23, 2009 by Peter Wood |

Protesters at the University of California have some demands that reflect ignorance of basic economics.

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Teeth-Bared Teachers’ Ed

Nov 23, 2009 by Peter Wood |

The University of Minnesota looks to make race, class, and gender politics the “overarching framework” for teacher education.

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Stories We’re Watching

Nov 23, 2009 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

Climate conspiracy, teeth-bared teachers’ ed, California tuition turmoil, a punchy professor—it’s been a busy fortnight in higher ed.

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Climate Conspiracy

Nov 23, 2009 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

Hacked emails show evidence of longstanding scientific misconduct by advocates of global warming theory. This scandal should alter the burden of proof in the global warming debate.

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The True Meaning of Thanksgiving?

Nov 20, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

I subscribe to a sustainability listserv through the University of Chicago. This came in the mail today:  I wonder what it means by "true meaning of Thanksgiving." I wrote to the host of the event and asked for more information… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Is “Good President” Redundant?

Nov 20, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

Time magazine recently published a list of the 10 best college presidents. But what makes a president "good"? Are there good college presidents, or are they all just silly people in silly jobs?

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Student Loans Turn You Into a College Zombie

Nov 19, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

In praise of choosing community college: http://www.collegezombies.com/ (3-minute video) Compare with "Why It's Worth It to Send My Kid to Yale"  at Huffington Post

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In Search of Lost Time

Nov 19, 2009 by David Clemens |

Around 10 B.C.E., the Roman poet Horace asserted that poetry’s purpose is “to delight and instruct.”  More recently, in the Wall Street Journal, James Collins declared that in her novels, Jane… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

December Academic Questions Issue Now Online

Nov 19, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS members and AQ subscribers, the December issue is available online. You can log in and download and print individual articles or simply read them on your computer. If you are a member/subscriber, click here to find out how… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Phony Emotion, Diversity, and Hate Studies

Nov 19, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

James Taranto has an excellent analysis of the controversy at NYU over Professor Tunku Varadarajan's column on the Fort Hood massacre. In "The 'Diversity' Sham," he notes NYU President John Sexton's timorous reply… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Ward Connerly at the University of Arizona

Nov 19, 2009 by Daniel Asia |

Ward Connerly spoke at the University of Arizona just a few weeks ago. He was masterly. At five minutes before his talk was to begin there were only five people in the audience. At the start there were between seventy-five and… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Old Sexual Morality Out, New Environmental Morality In

Nov 18, 2009 by Candace de Russy |

"Get ready for Gender-Neutral Housing, but Don't Poster about It" reads a headline at Bwog, the blog of the Blue and White, a student magazine at Columbia University. Winfield Myers's ironic commentary on this and… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Are We Sure That Students Add to Their Human Capital?

Nov 18, 2009 by George Leef |

A couple of weeks ago, I started reading the new book Crossing the Finish Line, which purports to make the case for getting a lot more young Americans not only into, but through college. Almost immediately, I got… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

What Do Sexual Harassment and Global Warming Have in Common?

Nov 18, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

Foolish mandates, says David Little at ChicoER. See also the memo notifying employees that they must document all mileage traveled for university business, in order to "help the campus to achieve its goal of being… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Dalrymple on Requiring University for Nurses

Nov 18, 2009 by Ken Daniszewski |

Theodore Dalrymple comments in the Telegraph on a government requirement that new nurses in the UK will have to hold a degree-level qualification beginning in 2013. Dalrymple sees no intrinsic reason why nursing can't be taught… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

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