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On the Beauty of Formal Grammar

Nov 04, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

A charming blog on our blogroll, Quiddity - created by the Center for Independent Research on Classical Education (CiRCE) - has an excellent post on the beauty of formally-taught grammar. Author Andrew Kern, CiRCE president… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Accused Professor Reinstated

Nov 04, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

Thomas Thibeault, a professor of English at East Georgia College, was escorted from campus by police and suspended from teaching two days after he criticized the school's sexual harassment policy for lack of protection for… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Ideological Indoctrination in Public School

Nov 04, 2009 by Mitchell Langbert |

During the recent election season I met  two Republicans who told me about instances of Ulster County, NY public school teachers' using schools to ideologically brainwash children.  In one case a middle-aged man from… Continue Reading | 4 Comments >

George Lakoff’s New Happiness: Politics after Rationality

Nov 04, 2009 by John B. Parrott |

This article by John B. Parrott on the ideas and contemporary influence of Berkeley professor George Lakoff appeared in the "Academic Revisionism" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 22, no. 4).

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Fight Over Racial Preferences at IHE

Nov 03, 2009 by George Leef |

Today's Inside Higher Ed has a piece on a new book lauding "affirmative action" (that is to say, selective racial preferences). My good friend Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a strong opponent of preferences… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

LEAPs and Bounds

Nov 03, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

An initiative spawned of the outcomes assessment movement, Liberal Education & America's Promise (LEAP), sounds boring enough. But what is really going on when the lords of of education go a-LEAP-ing? NAS investigates.

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Wood Builds Up The American Beaver

Nov 02, 2009 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

NAS president Peter Wood has a bit in The American Conservative's special books issue (subscription required), under The Best Books You Haven't Read. There he extols the "small, easily overlooked… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Berkeley and Barriers

Nov 02, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

A reader commenting on my post "Teaching Can Be Dangerous" wrote:

Speaking of politicization, I have a friend who is applying to a PhD program at Berkeley. He sent me the “personal history statement”… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Boutique Colleges Can Thrive

Nov 02, 2009 by George Leef |

My Pope Center colleague Jay Schalin writes here about the difficulties that very small colleges face, but also their prospects for success at filling a niche in the vast educational marketplace.

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Remapping Geography

Nov 02, 2009 by Jim Norwine , Jonathan Smith |

This article by Jonathan M. Smith and Jim Norwine on the state of academic geography appeared in the "Academic Revisionism" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 22, no. 4).

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Illinois Fails ACTA Report Card

Oct 30, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has released a report card on public higher education in the state of Illinois. According to the ACTA press release:

The report card, entitled For the People, surveys… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Teaching Can Be Dangerous

Oct 30, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

Cross-posted from NAS.org, "An Unsuccessful Education Can Ruin You": The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article, "Course Reminds Budding Ph.D.'s of the Damage They Can Do," about a seminar taught at the… Continue Reading | 5 Comments >

Debate: Operation U Reform

Oct 30, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

Check out Peter Wood's response to Robert Weissberg's Minding the Campus article, "Rescuing the University."  The debate was also linked on Instapundit.

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“An Unsuccessful Education Can Ruin You”

Oct 30, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

A CUNY graduate professor teaches education ethics; his students discuss the meaning of academic freedom and the question of university neutrality. Now if only all faculty members and administrators took this course...

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Responding to Weissberg

Oct 29, 2009 by Peter Wood |

NAS president Peter Wood has published a response to Robert Weissberg's "Rescuing the University." His response may be found at Minding the Campus.

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