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Ravitch Repentant

Aug 17, 2010 by Peter Cohee |

Peter Cohee reviews Diane Ravitch's book, a partial volte-face, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.

Green Propaganda Popping Up All Over

Aug 16, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

In accord with a national effort to update the “No Child Left Behind Act” with an environmental component -- and renaming it the “No Child Left Inside Act” -- Maryland may soon become the…

Tenure: Not So Good, Not So Bad Either

Aug 16, 2010 by George Leef |

Tenure has been discussed a lot lately and in today's Pope Center piece, economics professor Roger Meiners weighs in. He likens tenure to unionization. It causes some inefficiency, but can be and mostly is dealt with by isolating…

Will “Millenials” Take to the Classics?

Aug 16, 2010 by George Leef |

In Friday's Pope Center piece, English professor Sarah Adams argues that today's college students ("Millenials"), while often derided for their apparent indifference to serious reading and thinking, will respond to the…

Comment from a Reader about Credential Inflation

Aug 16, 2010 by George Leef |

Your op-ed relating to credential inflation is on point.  Beyond college credential inflation there is another "credential" inflation virus that has infected the US.  It is the license or certification credential. …

Scoping Out the International Spy Museum

Aug 16, 2010 by Ronald Radosh |

This article by Ronald Radosh and the accompanying response from the International Spy Museum appeared in the fall 2010 issue of Academic Questions (vol. 23, no. 3).

Financially Failing Colleges

Aug 12, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that 150 colleges have failed the Department of Education's test of financial responsibility this year. That means these colleges could be in danger of either…

Liberals Begin to See the College “Bubble”

Aug 12, 2010 by George Leef |

Writing for Huffington Post, Anya Kamenetz compares the huge level of student loan debt to the housing bubble. I'm glad to see understanding that we have oversold college spreading, but Kamenetz misses the role of the government…

Wanted: A College Degree and the Ability to Lift 50 Pounds

Aug 12, 2010 by Jason Fertig |

Must employers require a college degree? Jason Fertig argues that not only is a college degree not necessary for many jobs, but also that college grads may be less qualified for certain work than others with real world experience.

Questionable Psychological Research at UNC

Aug 11, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center Clarion Call, psychologist Deborah Tyler writes about some recent research done at UNC, where students were told to imagine and then write about incest with a family member and also that the family member…

The Paradox of the Participation Grade

Aug 11, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Recently NAS alluded to the increased frequency of grade inflation among institutions of higher learning nationwide. According to a new study, students are now doing less work than ever before, but are expecting A's. Since…

Obama Smites the Rock

Aug 11, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

In a speech at the University of Texas this week, President Obama reminded the audience of his lofty - and contradictory - goals for higher education.

Grade Gambling

Aug 11, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Students at 36 colleges and universities can now gamble on their grades—good or bad—through a website called Ultrinsic (an “ULTerior motivation that produces intRINSIC love of knowledge”).

Inconsistent—Nay, Contradictory—Kagan

Aug 10, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

On the one hand, she militantly opposes the U.S.'s ban on homosexuality. On the other, with like fervor she embraces Islamic Shariah law that mandates death for homosexuality.

Fayetteville State Goes for Greater Transparency

Aug 09, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Jane Shaw writes about a favorable development at one of the UNC-system schools, Fayetteville State, which has adopted a policy of requiring professors to post their syllabi online. That's…

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