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May 05, 2015

"We Need to Do Something About *Academic Inequality*"

Glenn Reynolds has some fun with the recent report that regarding endowments, the rich colleges and universities are getting richer.

April 30, 2015

"College Encourages Lively Exchange Of Idea: Students, Faculty Invited To Freely Express Single Viewpoint"

The Onion, of course.

April 28, 2015

"Duke still gets F for Mike Pressler’s firing"

It was slow, and very painfully, coming, but at least in this case, justice has prevailed.

April 27, 2015

"Cheated turns over a rock, fully exposing UNC's 'student-athlete' scandal"

George Leef reviews Cheated.

If you remember (or have read about) Watergate, you’ll see how closely that debacle resembles the current scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

UPDATE: Link fixed now. Thanks, Dave.

April 22, 2015

"The 50 smartest public high schools in the US"

Raleigh Charter High School is #28.

April 21, 2015

"I Saw My Admissions Files Before Yale Destroyed Them"

It doesn't surprise me at all that Yale destroyed them. They really, really don't want anyone to see how that sausage is made.

April 14, 2015

"Our Undemocratic Teachers’ Unions"

When the Liberals call for more "democracy," this would be worth mentioning.

This teachers’ union claims to champion democratic values, but it hasn’t scheduled a single vote by its teachers in 50 years.

"The impending surge for the University of Everywhere"

George Leef reviews Kevin Carey's The End of College.

I don't know about all college courses, but having both taken and taught large lecture sections, I'm sure that online courses can easily replace them.

April 13, 2015

"A delicate balance: Are professors teaching too little?"

Whether or not you agree that professors are teaching too little, I'd hope we could agree on solutions to two problems in higher education, especially at state schools, raised by this article.

Relatively small problem:

Faculty members at area universities say teaching load is not the same as workload. They say in addition to research and teaching, they are meeting with and mentoring students, serving on various committees . . . 

Fix: cut the committees by 50% and cut the number of meetings of the remaining committees by 50%.

Bigger problem:

"We've received calls from professors who were absolutely aghast that I would even bring such a subject up," [NC State Senator] McInnis said last week.

Fix: hey, arrogant jerks, try remembering who you work for.

"At Success Academy Charter Schools, High Scores and Polarizing Tactics"

The New York Times is appalled--simply appalled!--that at Success Academy students who are performing poorly are publicly shamed. But here's the bottom line:

. . . this year, the network said, it received more than 22,000 applications for 2,688 seats.

And here's another one, something you don't find in the regular public schools:

When the students were sitting on the floor and he [the principal] noticed that they were not sitting properly, he interrupted the lesson and said, “Ms. Vistocco, can you reset your carpet expectations?”

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