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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…

How Colleges Have Given Up on Educating Your Child…No Comment

Aug 09, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

A new book is a useful "roadmap for parents on how to steer clear of the worst of [college campuses]."

Tea Parties and Political Parties: Some Questions

Aug 09, 2010 by Christina Jeffrey |

Christina Jeffrey argues that neither of the main political parties foster the serious study of the Constitution and the American Founding, and that the “Tea Party” movement offers a constructive alternative.

My Critique of “Help Wanted” Part II

Aug 06, 2010 by George Leef |

Today's Pope Center piece is the second part of my critique of the recent paper from the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce. It focuses on the prevalent notion that much of the labor force in the future will…

Dubious Standards Coming to American High Schools

Aug 06, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Sandra Stotsky has some doubts about the plans of two well-funded advocacy organizations to develop new high school exams and exam-based preparation.

40 More Awkward Questions

Aug 06, 2010 by Ashley Thorne, Jason Fertig, Peter Wood |

Looking for awkward moments at freshman orientation this fall? Pick an identity: “The 60s Rabble Rouser,” “The Tolerance Enforcer,” “The Eco-Enthusiast,” “The Party-Don’t-Start-Till-I-Walk-In…

10 Commandments for Professors and Staff…No Comment

Aug 05, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

"Hippocratic oaths" for higher education include "I will dare to know," "I will be open-minded," and "I will be transparent."

Have a Question Wikipedia Can’t Answer?

Aug 04, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Then ask a scholar! “Ask a Scholar” matches readers’ questions to scholars who have the answers.  Submit questions by email or via Intellectual Takeout's Ask the Professor feature.…

Another Higher Ed Establishment Paper Fails to Make Its Case

Aug 04, 2010 by George Leef |

The paper in question is the latest from the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce and the case, naturally, is that America needs to get lots more people through college or else the economy will suffer from a shortage…

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