Mar 27, 2012 by Mary Grabar |
The anthologies used in many freshman composition courses tell students what to think, not how to write.
Aug 12, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |
If you're the proud parent of an entering freshman this Fall semester, FIRE Vice President Robert Shibley has some advice that you may not have heard from your school's orientation team leader.
Feb 01, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |
The current CHE features some survey data about the attitudes of last Fall's incoming college freshman class. In the first place, they think that they're pretty smart.
Dec 10, 2010 by George Leef |
Here's an essay about a composition course at UNC that was a waste of time. No student, who wanted to improve his writing, would buy a course like this in a stand-alone, free market transaction.
Sep 13, 2010 by George Leef |
That is the question Professor Robert V. Young of North Carolina State answers in this Pope Center piece we released last week. Back when he taught the course in the 1970s, it was like boot camp for college students who needed to…
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…
Aug 02, 2010 by George Leef |
We hear a lot of chatter about how it's so vital that we get more young Americans through college because college teaches them the "higher skills" that the globalized "knowledge economy" demands. I think that's baloney.…
Jul 12, 2010 by David Clemens |
Most good teachers had a model. Robert Pinsky had Francis Ferguson; Mark Edmundson had Frank Lears. I was lucky; I had two. My Freshman Comp. teacher was Dr. Idelle Sullens, a Stanford-trained medievalist specializing in 14th…
Jun 18, 2010 by George Leef |
In today's Pope Center article, Jenna Robinson delves into the sad history of freshman summer reading programs. Unfortunately, the books that schools usually choose are either feel-good fluff or politically tendentious tracts.…
Aug 24, 2009 by Ashley Thorne, Glenn Ricketts, Peter Wood |
What you won't learn in freshmen orientation.
Apr 24, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |
Feb 26, 2009 by Bill Rivers |
A participant in the University of Delaware's now infamous indoctrination program recollects some not-so-fond memories.
Jan 14, 2009 by Adam Kissel |
This paper was presented by Adam Kissel at a panel at the National Association of Scholars general conference in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2009. Kissel is the director of the Individual Rights Defense Program at the Foundation…