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April 09, 2015

"Tongue Rolling and 5 Other Oversimplified Genetic Traits"

Some more lies--excuse me, "oversimplification"--educators tell kids

April 08, 2015

"When Writing Your First Draft, Don't Be Afraid to Write Like Crap"

Impressed into teaching writing to upperclassmen and master's students, I stressed this. I think they got the first part of it really well.

The other part, about revising the first draft, not so much.

"10 free online resources that will make you more successful"

I don't know about "more successful," but if for some reason you're bored and looking for things to do, these links may well help.

April 06, 2015

"What Happens When A 38-Year-Old Man Takes An AP History Test?"

Funny and parts are uncomfortably true.

For each essay, I was asked to supply a thesis (oh god, THESES … I bet they wanted a topic sentence, too) . . . As I was writing, I knew I was failing the test. I was making broad generalizations about America and spewing horseshit talking points without any backing evidence of any kind. I was Tom Friedman, basically. The AP History test makes you Tom Friedman.


April 03, 2015

"UO [University of Oregon] hiring VP to oversee Sexual Assault and Title IX"

Story here.

Via Fark, who write "Evidently the Dean of Vice and Amoral Behavior was overloaded."

April 02, 2015

"Science’s Big Scandal: Even legitimate publishers are faking peer review"

From Slate:

We’re entering an era of cargo cult peer review. It now appears that even major scientific publishers are peddling products that have all the trappings of a scholarly journal but are fundamentally hollow at core.

I don't know what all the fuss is about. I certainly enjoyed the seminal papers "Cuckoo for Coco Puffs" and "Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List".

"At NC State, we turn thought into action"

Provided--of course--that they're the right thoughts.

Officials at North Carolina State University are encouraging students to start censoring the school’s “Free Expression Tunnel” by purging it of speech that constitutes “social injustice,” reports Campus Reform.

April 01, 2015

"Middle School Is the Worst. Here’s What It’s Like to Teach It"

Four-minute WYNC report which indicates most middle school teachers probably should get combat pay. It claims that in New York City half of the middle school teachers quit in three years or less.

"Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One"

Yowza. Some tough love here.

March 31, 2015

"Student fury over 'impossible' economics exam"

If 10 or even 20% of the students complain, I would probably be inclined to ignore them.

But more than 90%? I would think something was wrong.

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