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Home Tutoring: An Emerging Profession

Mar 29, 2010 by Mitchell Langbert |

I was just looking over Kant's On Education.  He died in 1804 when Germany was but on the cusp of industrialization (it considerably lagged Great Britain).  Kant emphasizes home schooling and tutoring.  He believed… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Cole at Yale: The Final Word

Mar 26, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole has long taken radical,  public positions on the ongoing struggle in the Middle East. As Winfield Myers writes, he has tried to vilify Middle… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Big, BIG Story at Wellesley

Mar 25, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Today's Inside Higher Education has a lead article about an unfolding crisis at Wellesley College, where members of the freshman class are "seething" with indignation. No, the school hasn't announced a big spike… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Madonna Constantine, Plagiarist Professor, Loses Lawsuit

Mar 25, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Madonna Constantine has lost her lawsuit against Columbia, reports the Washington Monthly. The University had investigated the Teachers College professor and found her guilty of plagiarism on multiple counts. During the… Continue Reading | 5 Comments >

Tunnel of Oppression: Communist Theme Park

Mar 25, 2010 by Jonathan Bean |

On college campuses, the "student programmers" could use with a bit of anger management. On my campus there is the obligatory Vagina Monologues sticking to the script of the "angry vaginas" and other pleasant scenes. My university… Continue Reading | 3 Comments >

Should We Inflate Higher Ed? NAS Debates Kevin Carey

Mar 23, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Check out the debate that took place this month between Education Sector's Kevin Carey and NAS on the need for expanding higher education. First, Carey proposed a "Race to the Top" equivalent for higher education in an article… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

RatemyProfessors and Student Customers

Mar 23, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

A newly released Kaplan survey seems to support what many instructors have already sensed about the widely popular site, Ratemyprofessors: students actively shop around for faculty members - they're often junior and… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

The Left, Pro-Educational Choice?

Mar 22, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Now here's a novel insight: Greg Forster, a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, in making the case that school vouchers deliver substantially more educational improvement than charters, argues:

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More on the Political Correctness Front at the UA

Mar 22, 2010 by Daniel Asia |

The Arizona Association of Scholars will be hosting a talk by Robert Maranto on “The Politically Correct University” (his most recent book) next week at the University of Arizona. I have been busy sending out emails… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

The Diversity Mania Marches On

Mar 19, 2010 by George Leef |

I recently learned that students at UNC-Chapel Hill can become certified "Diversity Advocates." Today's Pope Center piece is about that program. What I discovered was that Chapel Hill's "diversity training" is much like… Continue Reading | 3 Comments >

O’Malley v. Karkhanis Settles

Mar 18, 2010 by Mitchell Langbert |

Sharad Karkhanis writes a satirical newsletter, Patriot Returns, that he e-mails to 13,000 faculty and staff of the City University of New York.  His sarcasm can be biting. Susan O'Malley, until her recent retirement one… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Higher Ed Transparency: Through a Glass Darkly?

Mar 18, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Are colleges and universities providing misleading information to the public? Are the two public online databases (U-CAN and VSA) to which they voluntarily submit their performance data "either inadequate or deliberately… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Reminiscences of Columbia, 1968

Mar 17, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Recently, we took note of a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education which offered a retrospective from a professor whose office had been sacked and his research papers burned by student radicals at Columbia University… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Education Professors Let the Mask Slip

Mar 17, 2010 by George Leef |

Education school professors want us to think that they're experts who only have the best interests of students at heart. No doubt some do, but many are radicals who believe that good teaching means shaping the ideas and beliefs… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Gay Rights and Viewpoint Coercion

Mar 16, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

There's a sobering piece by longtime civil libertarian Wendy Kaminer in the current online Atlantic Monthly about the perils of being an evangelical Christian on campus these days, especially if your aim is to pursue… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

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