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  • 'Shut up,' they explained (writer gets fired after criticizing black studies dissertations)

    05/09/2012 4:43:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/09/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    The trade paper of the academic industry just fired a writer who dared express skepticism about the academic worth of a number of doctoral dissertations in the field of black studies. Liz McMillan, editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote a "Note to readers" explaining why Naomi Schaefer Riley's blog posting on Brainstorm last week ("The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations" merited her dismissal and an abject apology from the editorial honcho.Reactions are mostly predictable, from both leftists and conservatives.Riley is, of course, being widely termed a racist. She summarized  her critics in...
  • The Academic Mob Rules

    05/09/2012 8:32:28 AM PDT · by yoe · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 9, 2012 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a cover story called "Black Studies: 'Swaggering Into the Future,'" in which the reporter described how "young black-studies scholars . . . are less consumed than their predecessors with the need to validate the field or explain why they are pursuing doctorates in their discipline." The "5 Up-and-Coming Ph.D. Candidates" described in the piece's sidebar "are rewriting the history of race." While the article suggested some are skeptical of black studies as a discipline, the reporter neglected to quote anyone who is. Like me. So last week, on the Chronicle's "Brainstorm" blog (where...
  • Silencing Dissent About Black Studies

    05/08/2012 1:46:40 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 15 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08 May 2012 | Jonathan S.Tobin
    Naomi Schaefer Riley, the only Conservative blogger at The Chronicle of Higher Education, was fired after thousands of readers complained about her post "The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations." J.S. Tobin writes a vigorous defense. Per copyright issues, Ms. Riley's post can be accessed only by link in Comments.
  • Is George Zimmerman on Your Campus? (A large pail, sack or bowl is suggested)

    04/29/2012 10:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Diverse Issues In Higher Education ^ | April 30, 2012 | Dr. Emery Petchauer
    In the weeks leading up to the arrest of George Zimmerman, many people were shocked to find him on campus at Ohio State University. Of course, he wasn’t there in physical form, but his name and the phrase “Long live George Zimmerman” was written (presumably by a student) on the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center at Ohio State. This was a stunning and ugly act, analogous to racial slurs on campus walls, nooses on professors’ doors, and “ghetto”-themed parties that have become common extracurricular activities on college campuses. The response of the Ohio State administration is emblematic of most...
  • Elected Durham County D.A. Tracey Cline — Former Mike Nifong Deputy — Removed from Office

    04/29/2012 12:55:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Volokh ^ | April 28, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    This happened last month, but I just learned of the case because the trial court decision was just posted on Westlaw; Cline is appealing the removal. The decision is here; a newspaper article on the subject is here; the statute authorizing the removal, N.C. Gen. Stats. § 7A-66(6), provides that a D.A. may be removed by a court for “[c]onduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brings the office into disrepute.” ... partly because it comes on the heels of the ouster of D.A. Nifong — Cline was the first D.A. elected following Nifong’s ouster, and had worked for...
  • Forgive us our student loan debt (Is forgiving debt a moral issue?)

    04/28/2012 6:42:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/28/2012 | By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
    We need to start taking student loan debt seriously, both as a troubling moral issue and as a ticking economic time bomb. By some reports, student loan debt will exceed 1 trillion dollars this year, more than the credit card debt of all Americans. A whole generation of young Americans is at risk in this excessive borrowing. They fall further and further behind in “servicing their debt” because they have no way to keep up with the payments as many of them are unemployed or underemployed. They will delay starting marriage and families; they dare not take the risk of...
  • Student Loans: A Long Journey Of Confusion That Ends In Owe, Owe, Owe

    04/24/2012 10:56:41 PM PDT · by Altariel · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 24, 2012 | Sheryl Nance-Nash
    Student loans are one of life’s biggest financial entanglements, yet they are sorely misunderstood. Many students couldn’t tell you if they have private or public loans. All they know is that they owe, owe, owe. *** But not everyone will be effected by the increase. “Only undergraduate loans will go from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. Graduate loans stay at 6.8 percent,” says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of “There is a lot of confusion about student loans. I read in the paper where someone with $8,000 in student loans is saying that they won’t be able to afford the loans when...
  • Campus Police Detain and Draw Weapons on Student Activist for Wearing Empty Holster

    04/11/2012 9:53:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 126 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 9 April, 2012 | cbaus
    Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State University Police detained and drew their weapons on student-activist Mike Newbern for demonstrating his support for gun rights by wearing an empty holster to a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin on Wednesday. Newbern, the president of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry, was taken forcibly into police custody just after 8:30 p.m., while he was standing at the front of the crowd wearing an empty holster, which was clearly visible on his belt, and with his hands crossed in front of his chest. A police report released on Thursday indicates two officers drew their firearms before approaching...
  • Iowa Republicans blast law school over refusal to hire conservative professor as faculty

    04/06/2012 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 39 replies ^ | Christina Corbin
    Iowa Republicans are taking aim at the state's top law school for denying a faculty position to a conservative law professor, who an assistant dean once said embraces politics the rest of the faculty "despises." Read more:
  • Ex-Stanford Teacher’s New Startup Brings University-Level Education To All [video at source]

    04/05/2012 12:03:00 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies ^ | 4/5/2012 | BEN TSEITLIN
    Using Khan Academy as inspiration, Sebastian Thrun decided to bring his Stanford class on artificial intelligence online. Anyone could sign up for free. And 160,000 people from around the world did. He saw the power of creating interactive lectures and distributing them for free. He left Stanford and launched Udacity, a company focused on bringing free university-level education to the world. In the interview above, Sebastian Thrun, Co-Founder of Udacity, talks about how he will help students improve their careers, whether or not the goal is to replace traditional universities, how the classes are different from iTunes U style taped...
  • The Book That Drove Them Crazy - "The Closing of the American Mind" 25 years later

    04/05/2012 3:36:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Weekly Standard Magazine ^ | April 5, 2012 | Andrew Ferguson
    "The Closing of the American Mind"If I had reread The Closing of the American Mind 10 years ago, when my own children were themselves under 10, I confess I would have thought Bloom’s portrait of educational decline was overwrought. And then they grew up and went off to college. ..............[Allan] Bloom wrote a moment before the population of modernity’s Holy Trinity - Marx, Freud, and Darwin - decreased by two-thirds. Marx lost his allure, at least nominally, after the collapse of the murderous regimes that had been built from his ideas. Freud was demoted from scientist to cultural observer, and...
  • Musings of a College Instructor (An Adjunct instructor shares her experiences on campus)

    04/04/2012 4:44:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/04/2012 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    The following represent the swirling conversations I hear as I travel to various colleges where I am an adjunct instructor. ** I was hurrying to my classroom when I overheard the following. A female professor smilingly says to a student that she looks quite lovely in that new outfit. As the student thanks her and rushes off to class, the professor turns to another female professor standing in the hallway and worriedly says, "I guess I shouldn't have said that. It could be construed as sexist." The other professor, well-known for her multicultural slant, laughingly retorts that as the only...
  • Christian Professor Fired for Refusing to Watch Vulgar Gay Play at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX

    03/30/2012 7:40:54 AM PDT · by TexasConservativeRepublican · 50 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 3/30/2012 | David Bellow
    Wow, this appened right here in southeast Texas. A theater arts department professor, Linda Ozmun, at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX had no problem doing her job. She was teaching kids about theater arts. That was her job and she was doing it just fine. The school wanted more than that though. According to a lawsuit that the terminated professor filed, the school chairwoman Judith Sebesta, and eventually the Dean, told her that she had to attend a vulgar gay pride play, by Tim Miller, or else she would be terminated. The professor is a Christian who did not want...
  • Students in VA Middle Sch Pol Class Ass'd to Do Opp Research, Attack Strategies on GOP for Obama

    03/22/2012 12:40:22 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Megyn Kelly reported on new controversy coming out of a Virginia middle school politics class today, in which an 8th grade teacher assigned students to do opposition research on the four Republican presidential candidates. The students’ research included looking into the backgrounds of the GOP candidates and finding weaknesses in their positions. Now, this kind of research wouldn’t be out of the norm for a typical politics class if it weren’t for the teacher requiring the students submit their findings to the Obama campaign! Trace Gallagher added that not only did the students do research to find weaknesses in the...
  • California Tuition Blues: Californians themselves are to blame for spiraling college costs

    03/15/2012 6:20:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/15/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In so-called March in March protests, thousands of students in California universities recently demonstrated in outrage over spiraling tuition costs. At both the California State University and University of California multi-campus systems, tuition hikes in recent years have far exceeded the national average. Meanwhile, universities slash classes, cut key research, and rely even more on exploited and poorly paid part-time lecturers and graduate-student teaching assistants. Yet against whom, exactly, are these cash-strapped students demonstrating? After all, their college faculties are unionized, largely liberal, and sympathetic to their plight. Campus administrators likewise want more state money for universities. But, unlike the...
  • Colleges find ways to foil pro-gun rulings(CO,VA,OR)

    03/11/2012 7:17:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 March, 2012 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Courts are ruling in favor of allowing those with concealed-carry permits to bring their handguns on campus, but universities are figuring out ways to keep the guns out. Gun rights advocates recently notched major legal victories in Colorado and Oregon, with courts in both states agreeing that university policies banning firearms on campus must defer to state laws allowing permit holders to carry concealed handguns. In response, however, university officials in Oregon and Virginia have enacted policies allowing concealed carry on campus but not in buildings, including classrooms, dormitories, event centers and dining halls. The result is that...
  • Consensus Academics (Saturbray)

    03/10/2012 7:28:55 AM PST · by bray · 1 replies ^ | 3/10/12 | bray
    No one has ever seen God; but if we LOVE one another, God lives in us and his LOVE is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 Consensus science has been refined to a pure brainwashing art form in today’s society. It is has been called groupthink but is far more sinister than simply people thinking the same way, it has become the primary method of forwarding an agenda by the commie micro-minority in America. They have been forming since the 60s by the Anti-war communist loving radicals who have found how to manipulate the country’s consciousness through academics and...
  • Never Before Seen 1991 Video Of A Harvard Protest Shows Barack Obama Defending A Radical Law Prof.

    03/07/2012 6:29:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 63 replies
    business Insider ^ | 3/7/2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed discovered this little gem of a video, in which then-law student Barack Obama spoke at a protest in favor of Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell. Kaczynski explains what the protest was all about. Bell was the first black tenured professor at the school, and a pioneer of "critical race theory," which insisted, controversially, on reading issues of race and power into legal scholarship. His protest that spring was occasioned by Harvard's denial of tenure to a black woman professor, Regina Austin, at a time when only three of the law school's professors were black and only...
  • Police Stand By As Israel Advocacy Event Silenced

    03/03/2012 3:29:50 PM PST · by forty_years · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/3/2012 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    As part of the initiative to improve Israel’s image on college campuses, the pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs (SWU) brought two Israelis to the University of California-Davis on Thursday night, in an event sponsored by Chabad. ... Ran and Ranya did not get very far before they were confronted by an extremely hostile and viciously anti-Israel crowd, who sought to dispel the event altogether. ...Others started yelling, “How many woman have you raped? How many children have you raped? You are a child molester.” ...“The heckling continued unabated for the next 15 minutes. The speaker did his best to continue, but...
  • The True 1% (And What To Do About Them)

    03/01/2012 12:23:03 PM PST · by LRoggy · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | 3/1/12 | Lee Roggenburg
    First of all, RIP Andrew Breitbart, you will not be easily replaced. In your honor I have written the following.
  • Academic Hypocrisy (Thomas Sowell)

    02/20/2012 10:25:51 AM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 21, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    It is fascinating to see people accusing others of things that they themselves are doing, especially when their own sins are worse. Academics love to say that businesses are not paying enough to people who work for them. But where in business are there people who are paid absolutely nothing for strenuous work that involves risks to their health? In academia, that situation is common. It is called college football. How often have you watched a big-time college football game without seeing someone limping off the field or being carried off the field? College athletes are not to be...
  • They Ain't-a Fergettin'!

    02/18/2012 11:51:41 AM PST · by Davy Buck
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 1/21/2012 | Richard Williams
    "Many Americans, particularly many Southerners, observe academia's agenda-motivated analysis and respond with a collective yawn. This infuriates and frustrates the "professionals." Academic historians then fume, pout, and spout forth even more of what caused the yawn to begin with. While not providing much real value, the whole spectacle does, nonetheless, make for some great entertainment."
  • Where China Isn't Winning (America's Higher Education Leaves China in the Dust)

    02/17/2012 6:27:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 02/17/2012 | David Lundquist
    American universities tower high above China when it comes to producing human capital, by far America’s greatest comparative advantage.Consider two major news stories prominent in American discourse recently. First, China is rising. Second, American universities have had much abuse heaped upon them: declining standards, “neoliberal” corruption of academia and worries about universities exacerbating class divides.Both of those stories might be overblown. An American only a few years separated from college life and now a lecturer at China’s top university, I suggest that when it comes to higher education, American institutions are leaving China’s in the dust.No ComparisonThe weaknesses of the...
  • Making room for new, old economies

    01/31/2012 5:43:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 30, 2012 | Joel Kotkin
    The announcements by Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) that they would not run for reelection reflects what may be the last gasps of the Great Plains Democrats, much as California’s 2010 Democratic landslide assured that Republicans are soon to become endangered species in places like Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. The conventional explanation for these trends centers on culture or ideology, but the real cause may lie with an evolving conflict between two dueling political economies. On one side lies the information or “creative” economy, centered in coastal big cities and university towns. On the other lies...
  • You dumb racist conservatives are dumb. And racist.

    01/27/2012 12:47:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 27, 2012 | Jazz Shaw
    I first caught wind of this story from our good friend Fausta, and it seems like a suitably silly note to help wrap up an already strange and unusual week. We’ve got a brand spanking new, rootin’ tootin’ study, fresh off the press from a distinguished group of scientists. (And I can tell they were scientists because I checked, and most of them were wearing white lab coats.) In it, we find what we already suspected about the party that hates science, clings to their guns and their God, and disapproves of Barack Obama not because of his damaging policies,...
  • People With Low IQ Tend to be Socially Conservative: New Study (Barf, BS & Junk Science Alert)

    01/27/2012 9:33:00 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 70 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 1/27/12 | By AMRUTHA GAYATHRI:
    In a new study, bound to stir controversy, researchers have found that people with low IQ tend to have socially conservative ideals and prejudiced attitudes toward others, including people of different races and homosexuals. The new study published earlier this month in the journal Psychological Science found that British children with lower general intelligence factor (similar to IQ) are more likely to be racially prejudiced as adults. "We found that lower general intelligence in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology," lead researchers Gordon Hodson and Michael A. Busseri of Brock University,...
  • Archbishop Chaput challenges Catholic educators to 'convert the culture'

    11/11/2011 3:03:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | 11/11/11 | Benjamin Mann
    Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput encouraged Catholic universities to rediscover the Church's intellectual tradition and use it to shape society's future. “Catholic higher education is heir to the greatest intellectual, moral and cultural patrimony in human history,” the archbishop said in a Nov. 10 address at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Catholic intellectual tradition, he said, offers a “deeply satisfying answer” to the questions of human life, and is “beautiful because it's true.” “It has nothing to be embarrassed about and every reason to be on fire with confidence and apostolic zeal. We only defeat ourselves – and we...
  • Catholic colleges discuss making school a good place for gays

    11/01/2005 2:04:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 64 replies · 1,206+ views
    Dateline Alabama ^ | 10.29.05 | LISA LEFF
    More than 40 Catholic colleges were represented on Saturday at a conference that was billed as the nation's first on how gays and lesbians fit in at universities guided by a faith that says their sexual orientation is wrong. But rather than lamenting the Catholic Church's stand on homosexuality, the two-day "Out There" conference at Santa Clara University showed that plenty of gay-related scholarship and student affairs planning is going on in Catholic higher education, said co-organizer Linda Garber. "It's important and interesting to know there are Catholic universities that have offices and staff people specifically geared toward LGBT concerns,"...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] 16 Catholic colleges fail fiscal responsibility test

    08/17/2010 3:45:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    319 of the nation’s postsecondary schools, 16 of them Catholic, have failed the US Department of Education’s fiscal responsibility test for 2008-09. Four of the schools-- Ave Maria School of Law, Belmont Abbey College, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, and the University of St. Thomas in Houston-- have been praised by the Cardinal Newman Society for their efforts to promote a strong Catholic identity. (Ave Maria University, unlike Ave Maria School of Law, passed the test with the highest possible rating.) The other Catholic colleges that failed the test are the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Brescia...
  • Conservatives on campus? A case for courts

    01/14/2012 4:43:00 PM PST · by rhema · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 1/14/12 | Katherine Kersten
    What was Tom Emmer thinking when he applied for a faculty position at Hamline University? Surely he knows that our campus intelligentsia generally view conservatives like him as knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. At many campuses, Emmer might have made it to the second round of interviews if he had been a disabled "person of color" or confused about his sexuality. But even then he probably couldn't have overcome the cardinal rule of campus "diversity" -- diversity of political views will not be tolerated. Given his rejection by Hamline (after he thought he had a job), Emmer might be pleased to know that...
  • ‘Starving’ Ph.D.s deserve low pay

    01/09/2012 6:08:48 AM PST · by SmileRight · 44 replies ^ | 1/09/2012 | John R. Smith
    In this age of mainstream news reporters ignorant of economics, the media rarely trumpets the power and truth of free markets and the laws of Supply and Demand, very real forces in our daily lives that confound, embarrass and reject socialist politics. The free market communicates important information. This is why socialist and left-leaning politicians, who hate free markets, operate in economic illiteracy. The free market places no real importance on government contrived social measures that lack real-world value. When the free market speaks, socialist economic theories tremble. An example of the free market correcting economic nonsense is the “socially...
  • "What will happen to Catholics and others . . . ?"

    01/08/2012 12:46:11 PM PST · by bkopto · 103 replies
    Mirror of Justice ^ | Jan 2, 2012 | Robert George
    One of my superstar former students, writing about his experience at one of our nation's premier law schools, sent me a note after reading my MOJ post on marriage, religious liberty, and the "grand bargain." Here is the text, with names removed to protect the innocent: I had a first-hand experience with this reality in law school. One of my constitutional law professors taught the section of our course relating to same-sex marriage under the "inevitability" banner. I met with him in office hours later to talk to him about something else, but I brought up a question that I...
  • M.I.T. Game-Changer: Free Online Education For All

    01/07/2012 3:23:43 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 81 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/21/2011 | James Marshall Crotty
    For Wall Street Occupiers or other decriers of the “social injustice” of college tuition, here’s a curveball bound to scramble your worldview: a totally free college education regardless of your academic performance or background. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce on Monday that they intend to launch an online learning initiative called M.I.T.x,which will offer the online teaching of M.I.T. courses free of charge to anyone in the world.
  • Columbia Teaches How to "Occupy" at $5001.09

    01/06/2012 8:11:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | January 6, 2012 | Jeff Carter
    Recently, Columbia University in New York proposed offering a class in Occupy Wall Street. I suppose the class will teach people how to camp out in a city park. Under a continuation of the Obama administration, this might actually become a good life skill.One facet of the class that I want to point out is its cost. There is an ongoing debate over the cost of a college education and if it is worth it. In general, a typical student completes a degree in four years. Masters students, course of study is compressed, two years. Time and money become a real constraint when selecting...
  • NBC Gives Platform to Professor Who Called Iowans 'Meth Addicts' and 'Elderly Waiting to Die'

    Following correspondent Andrea Mitchell referring to Iowa as "Too white, too evangelical, too rural" on Sunday's NBC Nightly News, on Monday's Rock Center, correspondent Willie Geist spoke to University of Iowa Professor Stephen Bloom, who similarly fretted: "It's basically a white, very, very Christian state." Geist explained how Bloom has been "in hiding" since writing a scathing article in The Atlantic attacking Iowa as, "An assortment of waste-toids and meth addicts with pale skin and rotted teeth or those who quixotically believe, like Little Orphan Annie, that the sun will come out tomorrow." Bloom also ranted: "Those who stay in...
  • How to Donate to a Dying University

    12/19/2011 6:20:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | December 19, 2011 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: The present column was inspired by Jim Nelson Black, author of Free-fall of the American University.From time to time I am asked whether conservative donors should simply boycott leftist universities like my own. The answer is emphatically “no.” If conservative donors all stopped giving, all donations would be liberal donations. That is simply common sense. There is another, better solution born of common sense. It might not have worked a few years ago. But times have changed. The economy has tanked and it really could work today. It is a variation on the idea of directed, or contingent,...
  • Lori's folks rip court (Berenson)

    12/06/2004 3:16:26 AM PST · by kattracks · 33 replies · 1,276+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/06/04 | News Staff
    Lori Berenson's parents raged last night against a human rights court ruling that will keep their activist daughter in prison for the next 11 years. Mark and Rhoda Berenson, who live in Gramercy Park, said the ruling marked "a tragic day for human rights in the Western Hemisphere and in the world." They faulted the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Human Rights Court's decision to uphold a Peruvian court ruling that declared their activist daughter a Marxist terrorist who conspired in 1995 to overturn the Peruvian government. Berenson was originally tried by a tribunal of hooded judges. It was later found she...
  • Court refuses to reconsider Berenson case

    08/09/2005 10:02:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 587+ views
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights Tuesday refused a request by American Lori Berenson to review its ruling that upheld her 20-year sentence in Peru for terrorism. In a decision issued in November, the Costa Rica-based court - the legal arm of the Organization of American States - rejected Berenson's arguments that Peru violated her rights in a 2001 civilian retrial. It was Berenson's last formal avenue of appeal. The former New York City resident has denied any wrongdoing and maintains she is a political prisoner whose concern for social justice was distorted by...
  • Going to College Uninformed is Like Sitting on a Frozen Pole with No Pants On: Stupid

    12/14/2011 8:42:35 AM PST · by gabriellah · 13 replies
    TheCollegeConservative Blog ^ | 12/14/2011 | Zachary Freeman
    American conservatives should think long and hard about where they send their kids to college. It’s a serious matter. After all, what can you become these days without a degree? If the Left has their way—if you obtain a college degree in due time—you WILL become a liberal. I fully realize that this has the potential to sound incredibly hypocritical coming from someone who is currently attending college – specifically someone who edits a publication comprised entirely of collegiate writers. But you’ll soon see why the awkward position I am in is entirely necessary.
  • A Bold Way to Save Education in America

    12/02/2011 5:15:24 AM PST · by 1010RD · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Godfather Politics ^ | November 12, 2011 | Art Robinson
    The American tradition of public education began in one-room school houses when frontier farm families hired dedicated teachers to teach their children. When I attended public schools in the 1950s, I received an excellent education. American schools were rated the best in the world. Those schools prepared me for Caltech, and Caltech prepared me for a wonderful life in science. I owe my career and accomplishments to the great start I received in the public schools. Those public schools were locally controlled and locally funded. Teachers and parents worked together on the content of curriculum, student discipline, and all aspects...
  • Academia: For Democrats Only

    12/01/2011 8:32:06 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 28, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In what might be a record, 22 Obama Administration officials have already left the government for academia. Two cabinet officials are in this mix. Interestingly, both held the same position—chair of the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA). Another interesting note is that of the aforementioned group, seven, or about one-third of the total—decamped for Harvard. Yet and still, there is at least one indication that the exodus continues unabated.
  • National Climate Ethics Campaign

    11/30/2011 9:27:36 AM PST · by Enchante · 24 replies
    National Climate Ethics Campaign ^ | 11/30/2011 | National Climate Ethics Campaign
    The National Climate Ethics Campaign is pleased to announce that the "Statement of Our Nation’s Moral Obligation to Address Climate Change" will be released Wednesday, November 30 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Room 406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building (The Environment and Public Works Hearing Room). There are now over 1200 signers on the climate ethics statement. Please send the message pasted below to organizations, listservs, and people that might endorse it.
  • TCC Disputes That Professor He Was Forced Out For His Beliefs

    11/23/2011 6:44:59 AM PST · by manic4organic · 7 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 11/22/11 | Arezow Doost
    A Tarrant County College professor alleges he was forced to resign for his beliefs, while school officials say they received complaints that he used his classroom as an aggressive pulpit. Ginger Ruiz and Sarah Lara met in their world religion class at Tarrant County College in Arlington. The two wanted to broaden their minds. “I wanted an academic view of the different religions of the world,” says Ruiz from Arlington. Her classmate Lara signed up for the class for similar reasons, saying, “To me, religion defines a person. That’s why I took this class to learn other people’s belief.” But...
  • Law Professor Quits Job After Colleague Calls Care Packages for U.S. Troops 'Shameful'

    11/22/2011 4:05:14 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies ^ | November 22, 2011 | unattributed
    A law professor who is serving overseas in Afghanistan has quit his job at a Massachusetts university after a colleague sent out a controversial e-mail declaring it "shameful" to send care packages to U.S. troops. U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Robert Roughsedge cut ties with Suffolk University in Boston in response to fellow law professor Michael Avery's defamatory e-mail regarding troops fighting overseas, Fox affiliate WFXT-TV reports. *** In response to Avery's email, Roughsedge submitted his letter of resignation on Monday, telling WTXF in a telephone interview that the e-mail is "hate speech." "It’s basically like a 5-year-old throwing a temper...
  • Massachusetts law professor calls care packages for U.S. troops ‘shameful’

    11/15/2011 6:00:44 PM PST · by Enchante · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/15/2011 | Daily Caller Staff
    A Massachusetts law professor has created a campus firestorm with an email to colleagues that declares it would be “shameful” to send care packages to U.S. troops “who have gone overseas to kill other human beings.”
  • Professor Angry Over Packages for Troops, Calls them “Shameful”

    11/14/2011 11:17:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/14/11 | Todd Starnes
    A Suffolk University law professor has issued a blistering e-mail calling plans to collect care packages for U.S. troops “shameful.” Professor Michael Avery also questioned the intent of an American flag hanging in the law school’s atrium (snip)“I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings,” Avery wrote in an e-mail to his colleagues. “The United States may well be the most war prone country in the history of civilization.”
  • Is Gov. Scott at war with academia?

    11/13/2011 1:10:57 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 49 replies ^ | November 12, 2011 | Michael Mayo
    Laying the groundwork to revamp higher education in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has questioned the value of liberal arts degrees, dissed anthropologists, proposed ending tenure for professors and posted salaries of all state university employees on the Internet. Scott also recently sent a letter to state university trustee boards pushing for change on campuses. He included excerpts from a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece by Ohio University economics professor Richard Vedder, "Time to Make Professors Teach." Vedder derided much academic research as "obscure" and "trivial," noting there have been 21,000 scholarly articles on Shakespeare since 1980. "Wouldn't 5,000 have been...
  • University of Alabama student Henry Perkins earns college credit at Occupy Wall Street

    11/06/2011 1:31:22 PM PST · by Lucas McCain · 29 replies · 1+ views
    NYDailyNews ^ | November 6 2011 | Rich Schapiro & Henrick Karoliszyn
    Henry Perkins is giving Occupy Wall Street the old college try. The 21-year-old University of Alabama junior has been earning college credits while living in the open-air, crime-riddled frat house of Zuccotti Park.
  • Tilburg professor faked data in at least 30 academic publications

    11/01/2011 7:00:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    Dutch News ^ | 10-31-11
    Tilburg and Groningen universities are to take legal action against one of their professors after an investigation showed he had faked research data in at least 30 scientific papers. The fraud is ‘considerable and shocking’, the committee set up to look into Diederik Stapel’s academic publications said in an initial report into the scandal on Monday. Stapel, who was a professor of social and behavioural sciences at Tilburg, was suspended last month after doubts emerged about research that concluded eating meat makes people anti-social and selfish. 2004 The investigation shows at least 30 academic papers submitted to respected scientific journals...
  • College teachers focus lessons on Occupy Seattle

    10/31/2011 1:06:04 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | October 31, 2011 | The Associated Press
    Beginning Sunday evening,instructors at Seattle Community College campuses are teaching classes in support of Occupy Seattle.SEATTLE — Beginning Sunday evening, instructors at Seattle Community College campuses are teaching classes in support of Occupy Seattle.The classes are scheduled to be held in the plaza of Seattle Central Community College. They will focus on subjects such as legislative lobbying, the art of the protest sign and filming to document human rights violations.According to Occupy Seattle and the Washington branch of the American Federation of Teachers, classes were scheduled throughout the night.