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Education

September 18, 2014

Syllabus for "Soc 710: Social Theory Through Complaining"

Satire.

Each week we will focus on something grad students complain about when forced to take theory.

Link via Vox.

September 16, 2014

"Every Type Of Email College Students Send Their Professors"

Bullseye. A+

“Hey Dr. X, I actually have three other assignments due the same day as your assignment, and your class is the least important to me, so can I just not do it, or do it late or something? Thanks in advance!!!”

“hey professor!!! noticed that im getting a D- in the class, any chance you could make that a B+, otherwise i wont be able to graduate this spring and my entire life will be literally ruined forever. ps i probably won’t be in class tomorrow my hands are kind of cramping up”

Read the whole thing.

Link courtesy of my younger daughter. 

September 15, 2014

Sounds like good news

"Why More MBAs Are Becoming Entrepreneurs Straight Out Of Business School".

A decade ago, nearly all b-school grads flocked to traditional corporate jobs in finance and management.

Today, however, a growing number of newly minted MBAs decide to start their own businesses or go to work for Silicon Valley startups

"This Technology Could Have The Biggest Impact On American Jobs Since Offshoring".

But 3D printing, which last fall Credit Suisse forecast could grow up to 30%, has the potential to reshape how America makes stuff, creating new high tech jobs in the U.S. and bringing old ones back from abroad.

September 11, 2014

"I guess common sense isn’t on the curriculum this year."

You can say that again: "In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of a star student". (Link via Instapundit.)

September 10, 2014

"Syllabus Tyrannus"

"The decline and fall of the American university is written in 25-page course syllabi."

I absolutely concur with the observation. But I don't think she's got the causality right. It's a function of the huge growth of administrators, many of whom have it's-not-our-problem-we-warned-you (aka "cover your ass") as a primary objective.

September 08, 2014

"Top High Schools 2014"

Congratulations to Raleigh Charter High School, #29 in the nation.

September 04, 2014

"That was a tacit acknowledgment that one-size-fits-all was not going to work."

That's usually the case in schooling: "Why John Deasy's Risky iPad Gambit Crashed and Burned at LAUSD."

In June, school district leaders began backing off of their "all-iPad" stance, allowing several LAUSD high schools to choose among six laptops instead of Apple's tablet. 

 

September 03, 2014

"Koch 101"

A writer from the Center for Public Integrity is in a bit of a panic:

But teachers who use Edvantage won’t find much ideological balance while researching content on the website’s economics pages.

Bulletin: the Kochs are trying to bring a little bit of balance back to the public schools. If you think otherwise you haven't been in, or around, many public schools recently. 

September 02, 2014

"10 Things Every College Professor Hates"

Pretty much nailed it. #2 is probably the most apt:

Don’t ask the professor if you “missed anything important” during an absence.

No, you didn’t miss anything important. We spent the whole hour watching cats play the theremin on YouTube!

Of course you missed something important! We’re college professors! Thinking everything we do is important is an occupational hazard. Here’s an alternative way to phrase it: “I’m so sorry I missed class. I’m sure it was awesome.”

"How to Game the College Rankings"

You can put this down as a law of human behavior: if the stakes are high and if a system can be gamed, then, sooner or later, the system will be gamed. This is a fascinating if rather depressing case study.

(So what would be a good college rating system? I think XKCD is, as usual, on the right track.)

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