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Education Schools and the Dumbing Down of the Teaching of Literature

Jan 12, 2011 by George Leef |

There's a strong trend toward assigning students books that are easy and fun, then giving them written assignments that don't call for serious analysis. 

High School Research Papers and the New York Times

Jan 12, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

An article on Will Fitzhugh and The Concord Review mischaracterizes the NAS but brings needed attention to the "dying art of the research paper."

NAS Defends Freedom of Speech and Conscience in Ward v. Wilbanks

Jan 11, 2011 by |

NAS filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Ward v. Wilbanks, in favor of counseling student Julea Ward, who was expelled from Eastern Michigan State University for expressing her religious convictions about homosexuality.

Academic Questions Authors in New York Times Peer Review Debate

Jan 11, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Stanley Trimble, Bill McKelvey, and Mohamed Gad-el-Hak draw on their findings in a recent AQ essay to contribute to a "Room for Debate" discussion on the publication of controversial research.

Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Jan 10, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

A winter course, "Sustainability and Social Justice," at the University of Chicago, will explore "biophilia" and "ecopedagogy."

Huckleberry Finn and Cultural Senstitivity

Jan 07, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

You may have read about the latest attempt to make a classic work acceptable to contemporary PC sensibilities, in this case a new edition of Huckleberry Finn from which racial epithets - certainly authentic to the novel's social…

Rich Vedder on the Overproduction of Advanced Degrees

Jan 07, 2011 by George Leef |

At The Chronicle's Innovations blog, Rich Vedder discusses the overproduction of advanced degrees in the U.S. 

Where Did Those Mushy “No Labels” Ideas Come From?

Jan 07, 2011 by George Leef |

In this sharp essay, Mary Grabar links the intellectually mushy "No Labels" movement to academic fads that decried logic and debate as just bad male habits.

Faculty Productivity

Jan 07, 2011 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Duke Cheston writes about his findings regarding the UNC political science department. Have tenured faculty engaged in some successful "rent seeking" to reduce the amount of teaching time they…

Duked Out

Jan 06, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

Duke history Professor Peter Wood, not to be confused with NAS's president of the same name. seems to use the classroom to malign the character of students, lacrosse players in particular. Nevertheless, the American Historical…

Introducing Inside Academia: The Bloggingheads of Education

Jan 06, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Blogger is thrilled about the launch of Inside Academia.

Stan Rothman: A Tribute

Jan 06, 2011 by Steve Balch |

Remembering a great social scientist, defender of reason, and friend.

Collegiate Press Roundup 1-6-11

Jan 06, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

Back from semester break, student journalists have a look at prospects for the 2012 election, the need for increased campus activism and the influence of Wikileaks.


Jan 06, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Boredom shouldn’t be able to find an inch of space in college classrooms, but, says Peter Wood, we have welcomed it in.

$200K in Debt for Her BA in Sociology

Jan 05, 2011 by George Leef |

Kelli Space is a poster child for the damage done by our college degree mania, fueled by easy federal money .

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