Academic Standards

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“Teachers Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know”

Apr 24, 2015 by Mary Grabar |

City Journal reviews NAS board member Sandra Stotsky's book on "improving American educational standards."

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the UNC Scandal

Apr 08, 2015 by George Leef |

George Leef reviews Cheated, an expose of the recent UNC scandal written by two faculty members. 

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Academic Social Science and Scientific Literacy

Apr 07, 2015 by William H. Young |

William Young examines the misunderstanding and misuse of scientific concepts by academic social scientists.

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Aspiring Adults Adrift

Oct 17, 2014 by George Leef |

George Leef reviews a new book by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, authors of Academically Adrift.

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Assigning Blame for the Degradation of Higher Ed

Aug 08, 2014 by George Leef |

Establishment voices blame critics and innovators for the degradation of higher ed.

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Should You Avoid Ivy League Schools?

Jul 29, 2014 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood responds to William Deresiewicz's provocative New Republic piece, "Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League."

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The New AP History: A Preliminary Report

Jul 01, 2014 by Peter Wood |

In this preliminary report, NAS president Peter Wood analyzes in detail the new AP United States history course.

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Course Correction: It’s Time for UT-Austin’s President to Step Down

May 09, 2014 by Publius Audax |

A faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin calls on the president of the university to step down. 

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Sonia, What Happened?

May 05, 2014 by George W. Dent |

Sonia Sotomayor's impassioned dissent in Schuette v. BAMN seems to contradict views she expressed in her memoir, My Beloved Land.

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Bowdoin’s Double Bogey

Apr 21, 2014 by Peter Wood |

"Bowdoin has a bad conscience. It knows that it has made some wrong turns but it doesn't like hearing that from a stranger."

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Common Complaints

Apr 04, 2014 by Peter Wood |

Dr. Wood replies to Sol Stern and discusses the ways in which the Common Core will harm students and lower standards.

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Common Core Mathematics Standards

Mar 31, 2014 by Sandra Stotsky |

Professor William McCallum remarks on college readiness in Common Core’s mathematics standards at a meeting sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.

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What the Common Core Will Do to Colleges

Mar 18, 2014 by Peter Wood |

The Common Core will not make an appreciable number of students more "college ready." Rather, it feeds the illusion that a college degree is a ticket to personal prosperity.

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Caught with Gay Books: South Carolina Punishes Colleges for Freshman Reading Choices

Mar 06, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

South Carolina cuts funding from college common reading programs that assign gay-themed books.

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Columbia Teachers College Study is Broad and Subjective

Mar 05, 2014 by Marilee Turscak |

The Columbia Teachers College's new study, College Educational Quality, aims to assess academic quality in higher education. The research methods, however, merit much questioning.

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