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  • Are You Sure You Want to Go to Grad School?

    06/03/2020 8:49:43 AM PDT · by karpov · 17 replies
    Many college graduates think to themselves, “I don’t have any immediate job prospects that are attractive and I can easily get into grad school with the chance of eventually getting my PhD and then a tenured professorship; I guess that’s what I’ll do.” If you know anyone in that situation, do him or her a big favor by suggesting a new book by Georgetown University philosophy professor Jason Brennan: Good Work If You Can Get It. This year (at least before COVID-19 struck us), about 80,000 students were planning to begin doctoral programs, but, Brennan cautions, “most are destined for...
  • The Revolution is coming from public school teachers AND university professors

    06/01/2020 7:00:31 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 62 replies
    News, My background, Research | 1 June 2020 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    When I got my M.A. some years ago, I had to take a course on Latin American culture and specifically chose Peru to do the study. What I found was absolutely stunning. A former professor, Abimael Guzman, had started terrorist group, The Sendero Luminoso, with students and built it into an efficient, ruthless killing machine in a bid to take over the country. One woman who was trying to persuade people to NOT follow him was grabbed by his goons, dragged into the center of town where she lived, and strapped with dynamite. The villagers were told if they kept...
  • Academia Bows to Islamic Terror

    05/26/2020 6:07:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    American ^ | May 26, 2020 | Paul Miller and Abraham H. Miller
    The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, but not everyone shares in the cost. Even fewer comprehend that the threat to our democracy is more likely to come from the internal erosion of our civic institutions than from external forces. The most corrupting influence on our democracy is rooted in political correctness in our education system. Whereas there once was an emphasis on civic education as a means to imbue the citizenry with the values of the Constitution, that emphasis has long been diminished. From elementary school through college, basic requirements in American history and civics have been replaced by...
  • How Colleges Get Rid of Conservative Admins: An Example from UNC

    05/11/2020 6:59:41 AM PDT · by karpov · 39 replies
    When I accepted an administrative position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, friends warned me that I would not fit in as a conservative. I dismissed their concerns as hyperbole, an instance of believing universities are more politicized than they actually are. After eight long months, however, I had to admit that they were right. The political atmosphere in the college bureaucracy does not tolerate political disagreement and is overwhelmingly left-leaning. Administrators keep large universities running and help students access the extra services for which they pay. University staff handle finances, work in human resources, or, in...
  • Leftist Professor Lobs Racist Diatribe at Trump Supporters

    05/02/2020 4:29:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | May 2, 2020 | Susan Stamper Brown
    The world is full of self-righteous crackpots. Especially the troglodytes who crawl out from their subterranean dwellings to play the racist card every time the scent of a Trump supporter is in the air. Or Krispy Kreme has its "Hot Now" light flashing, and it's time for a second breakfast. Enter: Rutgers University Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Brittney Cooper clad in a tight-fitting "Black Femme Power" t-shirt. Lately, Cooper's been showcasing the jaw-dropping intelligence of leftist academia, making the case why parents should strongly consider where they send their kids to college. Unless, of course, they...
  • Math Professor Mocks a Leftist Belief and Gets Fired

    05/01/2020 6:00:51 AM PDT · by karpov · 62 replies
    Humorless, intolerant leftist academics are a force to be reckoned with on many college campuses, and a new case at the University of North Texas (UNT) pushes the envelope. After earning his PhD in mathematics from Baylor University in spring 2019, Nathaniel Hiers found employment at UNT. He began teaching full-time as an adjunct faculty member in the fall semester—three sections of linear algebra and one of calculus. The mathematics department thought highly enough of Dr. Hiers that, in November, it notified him that he was invited to renew his contract for the coming semester. Hiers promptly emailed back to...
  • Why Mitch Daniels’ Determination To Reopen Purdue University This Fall Is A Brilliant Business Move

    04/29/2020 6:27:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 29, 2020 | Joy Pullman
    'Even a phenomenon as menacing as COVID-19 is one of the inevitable risks of life,' writes Purdue President and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. While other education leaders are waiting for politicians to release their students from the lockdowns suspending their futures, former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, now head of Purdue University, is making plans to reopen his campus for fall.“We have every intention of being on campus this fall,” he told the faculty senate on April 20, according to USA Today. “We are sober about the challenges that will bring. We believe in the value of the on-campus experience,...
  • Universities Need Creative Destruction, Not Bailouts

    04/28/2020 6:39:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 28, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    Bloated universities should reform or perish. One can only hope British conservatives can show the same resolve as their American counterparts in blocking any bailouts Emily Cousens, a gender studies teacher at the University of Oxford and London School of Economics, is in despair that Oxford University will start a vaccine trial. In an article for Huffington Post titled “I Teach At Oxford, But I Don’t Want It To Win The Coronavirus Vaccine Race,” she writes that she is worried this scientific research would justify stereotypes, such as that “China, once again, has unleashed a threat to civilisation. But the...
  • One Too Many Passes for Leftist Professors

    04/22/2020 11:27:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | April 22, 2020 | Steve Sheldon
    Did you hear that President Trump recently tweeted that Mexicans were “Plague Spreaders”? Isn’t it shocking that Mike Pence, in referring to women in the workforce said, “We need a list of the virus-spreaders & the virus-adjacent”? Can you believe that Rush Limbaugh actually referred to non-Christians as members of a “Death Cult”? Yeah, me neither. Because they didn’t. However, a professor at Kansas State University recently said those exact things about Republicans when he wrote, “Has anyone developed an app to track Republicans & other plague-spreaders?” He also referred to local Republicans as, “Local branch of death cult, aka...
  • Colleges and Universities Threatened By COVID-19

    04/17/2020 10:23:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | April 17, 2020 | Michael Barone
    Some of America's most beautiful spaces -- our colleges and university campuses -- are closed and empty these days. Schools have canceled their spring semesters and commencements because of the COVID-19 virus; classrooms, dormitories and athletic facilities have been closed. Students at many institutions are told that they can continue to access instruction online. But exams and grades have been canceled in many cases, and one suspects that online viewership will be sporadic and concentration intermittent. But students shouldn't hover around their home mailboxes waiting for an envelope with a tuition rebate check. And students -- and parents -- who...
  • How Trump Has Pretzled the ‘Post-Truth’ Academic Left

    04/08/2020 5:56:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    American ^ | April 8, 2020 | Luke Andrews
    It’s often said that most of what the academic elites call “philosophy” is nothing but some underutilized minds worrying themselves about questions that common-sense folk find obvious. The saying came to mind as I listened recently to some of these folks straining to fit their various theories to the Age of Trump. More precisely, they were double-helixing themselves trying to explain why the amoral, relativist, truth-denying theories they’ve championed for so long are actually good reasons for hating the supposedly amoral, relativist, truth-defying current President. Listening to this theorizing crystallized (at least for this initially reluctant Trump supporter) why President...
  • A Scholar’s Lament

    03/27/2020 7:22:59 AM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 27, 2020 | George Leef
    Professor John Ellis has served on college faculties since 1963 and is now an emeritus professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz. He has witnessed enormous changes in higher education over his years and he finds those changes to be deplorable. In his new book The Breakdown of Higher Education, Ellis explains how our system was subverted, why it matters, and what it will take to put it back on the proper track. Americans, Ellis observes, used to have almost unlimited confidence in our colleges and universities. They were expected to provide advanced learning for serious students and a forum...
  • How Tulsa University Was Turned into Toxic University

    03/25/2020 4:52:35 AM PDT · by karpov · 24 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 25, 2020 | Jacob Howland
    Suffering from self-inflicted wounds, the University of Tulsa is sick and getting sicker. This is a case study in how “progressive” academic leadership can wreck a once-excellent university. Last April 11, the university’s administration rolled out “True Commitment,” a radical restructuring that gutted the liberal arts, raised course loads, dissolved academic departments, and effectively turned the university into a technical and vocational school. I wrote about the turmoil that caused in this article for the Martin Center, but I’ll recap the events below. A campaign of opposition to the restructuring formed immediately, sparked by the circulation of an article that...
  • Dear Joe Scarborough: More Americans Hate America Than You Think; This is true especially among the young who are Bernie's most ardent supporters.

    02/27/2020 7:00:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 02/27/2020 | Joy Pullman
    On Wednesday morning on “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough dismissed a Princeton University professor’s explanation of Bernie Sanders’s electoral appeal despite Sanders’s open, lifelong admiration for socialist dictators.“Who is telling him to continue to defend Castro, to continue to defend the Sandinistas, to continue to defend the Soviets? I think he can check the [polling] crosstabs, it’s doesn’t play well in Charleston,” Scarborough said.“I think two things,” responded panelist Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. “One, I think it’s Bernie Sanders being true to his brand, that he’s consistent, he’s authentic, that...
  • Erika James becomes first female, person of color named dean at Wharton School

    02/27/2020 9:46:49 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 52 replies
    WPVI (CBS News Philly) ^ | 02/27/2020 | staff
    The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania named its next dean and it's a historic choice. Erika H. James will be the first woman and first person of color to lead the prestigious business school. "This is an exciting time to be in business education," James said. "The scope and platform of the Wharton School provides an opportunity to create far reaching impact for students, scholars, and the business community." The announcement was made Wednesday by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett.
  • ou may not think you're racist. But that's not enough (Barf?)

    02/18/2020 4:02:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | Anthony DiFlorio
    A little more than 20 years ago, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi delivered the speech that changed his life forever. Kendi, who grew up in New York and went to school in Virginia, was a finalist in the Prince William County Martin Luther King, Jr. oratorical contest. Hosted by the Delta Theta Sigma Alumnae Chapter, the contest encourages children from across Northern Virginia to display extraordinary oratorical and rhetoric skills in honor of Dr. King. He took the stage and made a presentation that he later came to regret. “I more or less expressed many of the ideas that had been...
  • Criminalizing Dissent

    02/16/2020 1:16:12 PM PST · by Buttons12 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/16/20 | Karen D. Hurvitz and Ilya I. Feoktistov
    Louis Shenker, a 21-year-old junior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, just wanted his MAGA hat back from the graduate student who ripped it off his head on campus. He wore the hat to a December 6, 2018 protest organized by the university’s graduate student union against Trump and local police. Video shows that when Louis, who is 5’6’’ and 140 pounds, arrived wearing the MAGA hat and holding a large sign, he was immediately surrounded by a hostile mob of older grad students cursing at him and calling him a white supremacist. A woman lunged from the mob and...
  • Harvard and Yale Failed to Report Hundreds of Millions in Foreign Donations and Contracts

    02/14/2020 10:23:10 AM PST · by T Ruth · 27 replies ^ | February 14, 2020 | Dean Garrison
    *** [The Department of Education's] records since approximately 1990 show U.S. universities and colleges have reported donations from Qatar, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates in excess of $6.6 billion, but this sum may be significantly underestimated. According to investigations by Congress, GAO, and the Department, colleges and universities significantly underreport their foreign gifts and contracts. *** WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education announced today it is launching investigations into both Harvard and Yale Universities after it appears both Ivy League higher education institutions potentially failed to report hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign gifts and...
  • Wokeademia spreads

    02/05/2020 10:45:06 AM PST · by karpov · 11 replies
    The Grumpy Economist ^ | February 4, 2020 | John Cochrane
    In my first and second posts on "diversity statements," I discovered how these political loyalty oaths are now required by the University of California and the National Institutes of Health. In a quick look at academicjobsonline I discovered that this cancer has metastasized even further. "Diversity statements," professions of loyalty to the "diversity" cause, and testimonials about one's past commitment to "diversity" efforts pervade academic jobs postings. This is not just a requirement imposed by a nebulous bureaucracy, as I had assumed. It is deeply embedded in each department's recruiting, with therefore the active participation of faculty. At the cost...
  • Diversity Isn’t Always the Answer

    01/23/2020 12:54:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 22, 2020 | Walter E. Williams
    It’s nearly impossible to have even a short conversation with a college administrator, politician, or chief executive without the words diversity and inclusion dropping from their lips. Diversity and inclusion appear to be the end-all and be-all of their existence. So, I thought I’d begin this discussion by first looking up the definition of diversity. Here’s my question to those who are wedded to diversity and inclusion: Are people better off the less they have in common with one another? For example, women are less likely to be able to march 12.4 miles in five hours with an 83-pound assault...