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Unions Coddle New York’s Academics

Apr 14, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Forget that taxpayers are being crushed by reckless government spending. Forget, for example in New York State, that they are being ground under by  a $9.2 billion budget deficit for the newly begun fiscal year. As the AAUP… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Former NAS Board Member Quoted in WSJ on Katyn Forest Massacre

Apr 13, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Adam Scrupski, a former board member of the NAS, is quoted in today's Wall Street Journal in the article "The Fog Over Katyn Forest" by Bret Stephens. Stephens quotes a blog post by Scrupski for the National Association… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Sustainability Report

Apr 12, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS had a quite a sustainability week; most notably, we got word that Stanford was voting on a proposal to make sustainability education a requirement for graduation. We wrote to the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

The Radical Roots of Campus Protests

Apr 09, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Fighting tuition increases is the innocent face of radical activism on campus. While the mainstream media reports that students are meekly rallying over the cost of college, Jay Schalin shows the dark side of recent campus protests,… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Oh the Things You Can Learn at a Teacher Conference!

Apr 09, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Mary Grabar writes about her experience at a teacher conference in Georgia. Such conferences are not about mundane pedagogical matters like how best to teach arithmetic or to write good paragraphs.… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

Duke’s Sexual Misconduct Rules Make Students ‘Unwitting Rapists’

Apr 08, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Duke University, according to FIRE, has adopted a new "sexual misconduct" policy that can find a student guilty of non-consensual sex merely because he or she is considered "powerful" on… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Affirmative Action Grasping at Straws

Apr 08, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, Martin Morse Wooster contributes a critical review of the recent book purporting to defend "affirmative action" in college admissions, No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal by Thomas Espenshade… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Technology in the Classroom: Help or Hindrance?

Apr 07, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Jessica Custer of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW) has an article at NAS.org with six considerations/questions that our expanded use of technology in the classroom raises: 1. Online searching may provide an immediate answer… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Re: Race to the Bottom?

Apr 07, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Candace de Russy recently noted that Massachusetts received no Race to the Top funds, despite the state's celebrated high academic standards. Peter Wood continues that thread in "Ratatat, Sissy, Bay State Boom: Obama Whacks… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

NAS Welcomes Intellectual Takeout

Apr 07, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Check out NAS's review of the online one-stop shop Intellectual Takeout! Have you or a student you know ever experienced a situation like one of these?

Why Aren’t More Women STEM’in?

Apr 06, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Last week I published "Bias, Barriers, or Biology" in response to the AAUW's March report Why So Few? on why fewer women than men pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). I argued that while… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

The Politics of Professors - Again

Apr 06, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

There's a piece at yesterday's Inside Higher Education which examines some new research on the ideological orientation of the professoriate. The authors of the study, Neil Gross and his University of British Columbia graduate… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Earth Day Soon to Dawn

Apr 06, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

On April 22, as Nancy Kennon alerts us at Family Security Matters,  students young and older will be guided in discussions or activities about protecting the environment. Parents, young adults and education watchdogs should… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Ravitch Book Review by Peter Wood

Apr 05, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS president Peter Wood has published a review of Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. The book outlines Ravitch's change of… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Race to the Bottom?

Apr 05, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Massachusetts, where education reformers spent years creating strong academic-content-based standards and high-stakes testing for students and teachers, got zilch in the first round of the Obama administration's Race… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

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