(I'll use this as an excuse to note that one of my formers colleagues told me about a popular cheer at Brown: "What's the color of shit? Brown, brown, brown!")
Professor Karlson brings us the story of what happened to a University of Illinois chancellor who resigned following a scandal.
(I would amend the professor's suggestion a little. If scandal-ridden administrators must be returned to the university to "teach," then let them teach three sections a semester of Freshman Comp. That would be a deterrent.)
I hadn't heard this before.
Clark Kerr, first chancellor of UC Berkeley, once said that the ideal university provided "sex for the students, sports for the alumni, and parking for the faculty."
If you have a strong stomach, I recommend Heather McDonald's look at rent-seeking par excellence at the Univ. of California: "Multiculti U."
But there’s actually something a bit more puzzling about the campus-rape panic. College campuses are far from a threatening environment for feminists. Nowadays women outnumber men in every department outside STEM fields. At many colleges mandatory ‘sensitivity training’ heavily privileges female and feminist perspectives. By federal encouragement, female students can now accuse men of rape and expect the claim to be evaluated under circumstances that deny the man any right to due process and the presumption of innocence.
On campus, the Other seems so thoroughly controlled that some academics now attribute declining male enrollments to an unwillingness to enter a hostile work environment. What are women like Meg Lanker-Simmons really pushing against? What in their environment do they not already own?
I think the answer is . . . themselves. The increasing intensity level of the campus-rape panic seems well correlated with the erosion of college womens’ position in sexual bargaining.
Avenues: the World School. $43,000 per year.
What does that money buy you? This, for instance:
If I had a four-year-old who needed to know about Paul Klee, I guess I'd pay $43K a year, too.
Last winter, a group of Avenues 4-year-olds ventured out to the 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel in Chelsea to view the work of John A. Parks, an English painter, who fingerpainted his childhood memories. Schulman thought it segued seamlessly with a unit they were doing on abstract art, which included studies of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Schulman, who always seems to be brimming with excitement, explained how the subject matter and the field trip were perfect for the immersion classes. “You can use the vocabulary in both languages,” she said, to learn about the art.
Working paper by Arcidiacono, Ancejo, Hussey, and Spenner:
This paper examines sorting into interracial friendships at selective universities. We show signicant friendship segregation, particularly for blacks. Indeed, black friendships are no more diverse in college than in high school despite the colleges blacks attend having substantially smaller black populations. We show that part of the reason for the segregation patterns is large differences in academic background coupled with students being more likely to form friendships with those of similar academic backgrounds. Within a school, stronger academic backgrounds make interracial friendships with blacks less likely and friendships with Asians more likely. These results suggest that affirmative action admission policies at selective universities which drive a wedge between the academic characteristics of different racial groups may result in increased within school segregation.
Vocational training isn't for everyone. But we could use a lot more of it and we could honor it a lot more than we do now.
The Economist recently found that the countries with a low rate of youth unemployment are those that focus on providing their students with a practical education. Germany, for example, “has a long tradition of high-quality vocational education and apprenticeships, which in recent years have helped it reduce youth unemployment despite only modest growth.”
43 percent of the students in the District of Columbia now attend charter schools.
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School is slightly more competitive than Columbia University. The Ivy League school admitted 6.9 percent this year, while E.L. Haynes admitted 6.8 percent.
Will the last student in the regular public schools please turn out the lights?