My wife wants these for her classroom. (Teaching the children etiquette is increasingly . . . challenging.)
Amen to this. (I'm glad I'm retired from college teaching.)
The corrupt undergraduate admissions process at most schools today can flourish because the higher branches of the American academic tree are so good. But the lower branches are rotten with grade inflation and social promotion. The move away from an emphasis on genuine academic achievement and meritocratic promotion has done a disservice to the least well-off while offering more opportunities for the rich and connected to buy the trappings of success for their offspring.
This is great:
All of which raises two questions: If Kilkenny’s nearly 40 years of diversity efforts have failed to put Georgetown’s equity challenges to rest, why is she being promoted? And second: What possible equity challenges remain? After four decades of attention, if Georgetown has still not smoked out all its allegedly racist faculty who fail to treat minority students equally; if it continues to admit rapists; and if students of color, females, and gays still face constricted opportunities, perhaps the university should shut down.
Causality is not necessarily established, but the correlation is at least . . . interesting: "Most of the academic disciplines in decline are also more heavily skewed toward the political left."
Also related: in the funny or sad--you decide--category: "Academe's Extinction Event: Failure, Whiskey, and Professional Collapse at the MLA.
Philip Greenspun usefully speculates on how the College Board's stupid new "adversity score" will, of course, be gamed.
UPDATE: link added and fixed now.
"I doubt any college administrators will ever invite someone like me to give such a speech. In some ways, it is for the best."
Nah, they really need you, Ms. de Rugy. Hey, college adminstrators: let her give your commencement address and watch your almuni donations soar in the years to come.
UPDATE: link fixed.
The College Board proceeds on its accelerating march toward total bogosity.
Meanwhile, I am rooting for the existing college admissions process to become discredited. I was glad to see it take a hit with this year’s scandal. I hope that the “adversity score” deals another blow.