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  • Academics, journalists to trash Jerusalem's 50th celebrations

    04/20/2016 4:52:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/4/16 | Hillel Fendel
    The Jewish People will begin celebrating the Jubilee of Jerusalem's liberation and reunification next month, marking the 50th year after the Six Day War – but pro-war Israelis and other Jews plan to take advantage of the yearlong festivities to call worldwide for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. Previous unilateral withdrawals in favor of the Palestinian Authority have led to many Israeli deaths at the hands of Palestinian terrorists. This includes the disengagement/expulsion from Gaza. The government decided last year to appoint a steering committee to set the tone of Jerusalem's Jubilee festivities. Its conclusions...
  • Grumpy's too happy! Disney characters mask the misery of working class life, say academics

    02/21/2016 8:33:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 20:54 EST, 21 February 2016 | Daniel Bates
    They are the children’s film characters loved by generations of fans, rich or poor, across the world. But the Seven Dwarfs, Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins and others have been criticized for sending out the wrong message about poverty. Good-natured Bert, played by Dick Van Dyke, is too happy and carefree given the hardships of working-class life in Edwardian London, US researchers claim. [...] Researchers from Duke University in North Carolina looked at 32 films, many of them from Disney, that were rated G -- the American equivalent of U -- and had grossed more than $100 million...
  • Bigotry in numbers: Why so many academics look down on evangelicals

    08/28/2015 6:48:58 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 37 replies
    Those who teach in higher education are relatively OK with some religious groups, according to a study based on a 2012 online national survey that drew 464 complete responses. Asked to assess religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” of 1 to 100, Jewish people, mainline Protestants and Catholics all achieved an average score of 65 or higher, researchers led by University of North Texas sociologist George Yancey reported in an online article in the journal Sociology of Religion. Next to the bottom, just slightly above fundamentalists, were Protestant evangelicals with an average score of 48. Based on the rankings and...
  • Academics Ready for Iran

    08/11/2015 9:01:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 11, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A group of scholars has concocted a plan to implement the U. S.-Iran Nuclear Agreement that looks even sketchier than the pact itself. barack obama iran deal au speech wave The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has devised “Six Achievable Steps for Implementing An Effective Verification Regime for a Nuclear Agreement With Iran.” They are: * “Ensure that the Joint Commission Works Effectively Among the P5+1 and Iran to Facilitate Compliance and Communication.” P5 + 1 stands for the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany. The five permanent members are China, France, Russian Federation, the United...
  • Magna Carta 2.0

    06/10/2015 12:17:22 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Malcolm A. Kline
    Here might be a workable way to look at academia: That which academics dismiss is probably worth exploring. “There is quite a list of academics who question the importance of the Magna Carta,” University of Chicago law professor Richard Helmholz pointed out in a lecture at the Cato Institute on June 4, 2015. “They dismiss it as baronial and backward looking, an immediate failure and talk about the myth of the Magna Carta.” “I don’t think that view is correct.” Certainly, the sections of the Magna Carta he supplied to accompany his talk hold up well in translation: • No...
  • California Visiting Scholar Program

    04/15/2015 11:04:37 AM PDT · by MeganC
    Center for California Studies, CSUS ^ | 15 April 2015 | Claire A. Bunch
    Greetings, The Center for California Studies is advertising for applications for our Visiting Scholar Program. This program provides a selected scholar or researcher administrative and organizational support to further their research as it relates to California democracy, politics, and governance. The Visiting Scholar is a non-paying, non-benefit one year position. Applications are due by Friday April 17, 2015. To learn more about our program please visit Please see the attached description and application for more information, and fax or scan and email completed application to: 916-278-5199 or Claire A. Bunch Coordinator, Fellows Outreach and Special Projects Capital Fellows...
  • Academics Are The Less Visible Enemy of School Choice

    02/28/2015 1:17:31 PM PST · by BlatherNaut
    American Thinker ^ | 2/28/15 | Ashton Blackwell
    Conservative discourse mainly features teachers' unions as the enemy when it comes to school choice, leaving others, like sociologists and other tenured intellectuals, free from public accountability as they exert their substantial influence on education policy. One thing that you should know if you follow school choice issues is that for leftist academics who oppose school choice, their dogmas take primacy over empirical evidence, and their most fundamental dogma when it comes to school choice is that it promotes racial segregation, and thus thwarts their version of equality. Racial segregation, as a policy in the United States, saw its end...
  • Journalism Educator “Hates” Republicans and Loves Marxism

    12/23/2014 7:57:14 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 79 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 22, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    A feminist professor of communications at the University of Michigan has become a laughingstock for a poorly-sourced column in a socialist newspaper about the academic basis for hating Republicans. In the article, Susan J. Douglas began with the statement, “I hate Republicans” and declares that “marrying a Republican is unimaginable to me…” A specialist on “Gender and the Media,” she is reportedly married with a daughter. I’ve got something that beats that. Curtis J. MacDougall, the author of a journalism textbook that I used in college, was a Marxist with a 319-page FBI file, who wrote favorably about Fidel Castro...
  • Crybaby academics lead to weak-kneed government

    12/11/2014 10:01:55 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/11/14 | A. Dru Kristenev
    College students and Congress need to get a grip on reality. Anyone who wants success must work for it, not rely on make-believe that obsequious emotions or statements can correct injustice or evil acts. Choking back tears over hyped-up social strife to demand a reprieve from the hardship of sitting for college exams is just the latest chapter in over-emotionalizing politics. Most university instructors have pretty much heard it all when it comes to excuses for dodging assignments or tests. The old “the-dog-ate-my-homework” grew up to be Monday flu (hangover), monthly incapacitation (cramps) or temporary crippling (sprained/broken limbs resulting from...
  • Cuban intelligence aggressively recruiting leftist American academics as spies, influence agents

    09/05/2014 11:11:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 05, 2014 | Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon
    Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.
  • Why Asian Americans Excel At Academics

    05/06/2014 9:33:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/06/2014 | TOM JACOBS, PACIFIC STANDARD
    Why do Asian Americans, as a group, tend to excel at academics? Newly published research arrives at a simple answer: They work harder than their non-Asian peers. The study also attempts to answer the less-simple question of why these kids tend to put more effort into their studies, and comes up with two likely answers: The culturally based belief that effort leads to achievement, and the fact that recent immigrants are highly motivated to succeed. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sociologists Amy Hsin of Queens College and Yu Xie of the University of Michigan analyze...
  • Academics Citing “Experts”/Selves

    04/01/2014 6:21:16 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 31, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Female academics and professors are worried that they are being left behind by their male colleagues, not in funding, but in self-citations. Their main concern is that men are more likely to self-cite than women and that leads to a significant disadvantage for women trying to get jobs as tenured professors. The higher education newspaper, The Chronicle, published an article by Robin Wilson that details the struggle of female academics and self-citation. Self-citation occurs when professors cite their own previous work in an academic paper or study. The study, conducted by University of Washington researchers, found that men are 56%...
  • Anti-War Movement Found @ MLA

    01/16/2014 9:01:35 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Many have wondered what happened to the anti-war movement since President Bush left office. We think we found it, at the Modern Language Association (MLA). Ten people attended the MLA session on “War, Scar: Representations of US Torture and Imperial Violence since Vietnam.” Philip Metres III of John Carroll College called U.S. government officials “armchair conquerors” because of their War on Terror in places such as Pakistan. As a professor, he recalled how one “sensitive student” wrote a poem on his tender childhood memory of his teddy bear as well as a reflective look at his bloodlust after playing violent,...
  • Alan Greenspan: What Went Wrong

    10/20/2013 5:58:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 19, 2013 | Alexandra Wolfe
    "............[SNIP]..........."I've always considered myself more of a mathematician than a psychologist," says Mr. Greenspan. But after the Fed's model failed to predict the financial crisis, he realized that there is more to forecasting than numbers. "It all fell apart, in the sense that not a single major forecaster of note or institution caught it," he says. "The Federal Reserve has got the most elaborate econometric model, which incorporates all the newfangled models of how the world works—and it missed it completely." He says JP Morgan had put out a forecast three days before the crisis saying the economy was on...
  • An Open Letter to the Harvard Community [re comment on John Maynard Keynes]

    06/05/2013 12:38:05 PM PDT · by Enchante · 14 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | May 3, 2013 | Niall Ferguson
    .... I was duly attacked for my remarks and offered an immediate and unqualified apology. But this did not suffice for some critics, who insisted that I was guilty not just of stupidity but also of homophobia. I have no doubt that at least some students were influenced by these allegations. Nobody would want to study with a bigot. I therefore owe it to students—former and prospective—to make it unambiguously clear that I am no such thing.....
  • What college professors are teaching

    03/31/2013 11:35:46 AM PDT · by GlassCity · 7 replies
    If a large, powerful corporation is allowed to inflict the business model view of higher education upon our institution, we will have a dystopic vision on the purpose of education that is skewed toward the advancement of the production of cheap laborers who are incapable of thinking abstractly. Student’s stamped-out, watered-down degrees will be nothing more than technical training for the workforce -- not for a more just, equal, collective, peaceful society.
  • Academics' Plan to Boycott Ariel U Revealed

    09/11/2012 3:20:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/12 | Gil Ronen
    Some of Israel's leading academic figures who identify themselves as protectors of democracy have revealed their intolerant side in an email exchange regarding Ariel University Center, which is poised to be recognized as Israel's eighth university. In a new webzine called Mida, Akiva Bigman quotes from an e-mail message board that serves Israeli lecturers on social sciences. Prof. Emanuel Sivan of Hebrew University wrote thus to his colleagues: "We can use our international connections to prevent publications by researchers from Ariel. We simply need to avoid discussing their proposals for research and publication, especially in the periodicals where we serve...
  • Legal Forum: Investigate Petition Calling on Pilots to Refuse

    08/16/2012 5:31:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/8/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel has asked the Attorney General and Legal Advisor to the Government, Yehuda Weinstein, to launch a criminal investigation against the people who signed a petition calling on IAF pilots to refuse orders if they are told to attack Iran. A letter from the Forum's representative, Attorney Yossi Fuchs, mentions that according to media reports, 400 people, including senior members of academia, have signed the letter. Fuchs quotes Article 110 in the criminal code that says that "whoever incited or tried to persuade a person serving in the armed forces to disobey a...
  • Academics: Muslim terrorists simply misunderstood

    07/13/2012 11:38:49 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/13/2012 | Chelsea Schilling
    A taxpayer-funded study released this week declares that Muslim terrorists are generally misunderstood, don’t want to force their religion on the world and only kill people to protect themselves from victimization by enemies of Islam. A 14-page document, titled, “How Islamist Extremists Quote the Quran,” explains the study’s analysis of 2,000 instances of propaganda from al-Qaida and other Islamic extremist groups from 1998 to 2011: We conclude that verses extremists cite from the Qur’an do not suggest an offensive foe seeking domination and conquest of unbelievers, as is commonly assumed. Instead they deal with themes of victimization, dishonor, and retribution....
  • Three Good Reasons Public Schools Don't Deserve Your Support

    06/25/2012 9:28:05 AM PDT · by Guido2012 · 2 replies
    There are good people trying to make a difference in every organization, despite the fact that the odds are stacked against them. Simply put, public schools cannot properly educate your kids in today's America because our entire educational system went terribly off track decades ago, and the current political and educational environment is impossibly resistant to change. Consider the following:
  • Public Schools Aren't About Academics Anymore

    05/21/2012 5:27:03 AM PDT · by Guido2012 · 47 replies ^ | 5/17/12 | Tony Caruso
    If you want to know what really goes on in our public schools, go to a teacher-of-the-year banquet. Here you will see why schools aren't about academics anymore. Educators will never admit it openly, but an event like this reveals so much that outsiders never get to see.
  • (Vanity) Of Academics, Sports, and Success: Social Tidal Forces

    04/03/2012 6:33:59 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-03-2012 | grey_whiskers
    Over the past couple of years, I have been corresponding with and visiting various Colleges and Universities, as part of helping younger folks decide where to attend school. In addition, I have visited a number of College Websites, and discussion groups (e.g. College Prowler and College Confidential) in order to round out my sources of information by relying on the experience of other people for places I didn't have the opportunity to see for myself. This has led to a number of observations about "the way the world works" and how these factors influence people's actions and their path through...
  • Yahoo Live Science: "Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice"

    01/26/2012 8:34:46 PM PST · by Redcat · 34 replies · 8+ views
    Yahoo News Live Science ^ | 01/26/12 | Stephanie Pappas
    There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy. The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice.......
  • Wide World of Sports

    12/22/2011 7:06:48 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 22, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One of the fascinating little oddities of academic research is the amount of intellectual capital that the best and the brightest spend in order to catch up with the rest of us. “We consider the relationship between collegiate-football success and non-athlete student performance,” three economists from the University of Oregon write in a recent study. “We find that the team’s success significantly reduces male grades relative to female grades.” “This phenomenon is only present in fall quarters, which coincides with the football season. Using survey data, we find that males are more likely than females to increase alcohol consumption, decrease...
  • And this is what we call academic socialism

    09/07/2011 4:55:46 PM PDT · by tysonbam · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Battalion ^ | September 7, 2011 | Taylor Wolken
    There is a horrific injustice lurking in the shadows of academia, turning our college community into a bastion of selfishness and greed. This gross injustice is brought upon by an unfair system that rewards the rich and impoverishes the poor. This disgusting system is our collegiate grading system. It's insane that in this millennium, Texas A&M allows an elite few with 4.0 GPAs to parade around campus while thousands of students live in academic squalor. There is no reason why these few should receive the bulk of academic scholarships, admission into competitive colleges and majors and later receive preferential treatment...
  • Gov. Perry’s ‘Seven Breakthrough Solutions’ -- bad business, undermine meaning of a university

    07/25/2011 1:16:04 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    "Gov. Rick Perry’s ‘Seven Breakthrough Solutions’ would make for bad business, undermine meaning of a university" Last week, lawmakers in Texas were embroiled over a series of reforms – boldly named the “Seven Breakthrough Solutions” – proposed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The governor’s wildly optimistic proposals seek to implement a business-like model for the Texas state university system to optimize efficiency by measuring student satisfaction, while pinning the blame squarely on professors. The proposals sound great, until you realize the “Seven Breakthrough Solutions” are hardly breakthroughs and barely solutions. In light of rapidly dissipating state support for public higher...
  • Professors Gone Wild

    05/02/2011 4:25:51 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 02, 2011 | Stuart Schwartz
    Professors gone wild. That is the only conclusion you can come to when you apply Sherlock Holmes' astute dictum to the striking similarities between the widespread failures of American education and government, institutions universally dominated by a self-proclaimed "educated class." Think about what the great fictional detective said: "Once you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." And so extracting the truth underlying the dysfunction of what the inimitable James Lewis more correctly terms our national corps of "educated idiots" (or, as our Harvard-educated president puts it more accurately, "corpse") one finds...professors. Professors have...
  • Academic (AAU) group drops UNL

    05/01/2011 3:53:40 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 17 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 4/30/11 | Leslie Reed
    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln took a hard blow to its academic reputation when it was kicked out of an organization of the nation’s top research universities this week. It was the first time ever that the now 62-member Association of American Universities had voted to remove a member.
  • 'Pet' an insult to animals, academics say

    04/28/2011 11:07:30 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 155 replies · 1+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4-29 | Fiona MacRae
    'Pet' an insult to animals, academics say Fiona MacRae From: Herald Sun April 29, 2011 12:00AM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these? Academics say that rather than being a term of endearment, "pets" is an insult to the animals concerned and their owners, who should be known as "human carers". Source: Herald Sun IN a statement that gives a whole new meaning to animal rights, leading academics have called for pets to be renamed "companion animals". They say that rather than being a term of...
  • Israeli Academics Call Poland to Boycott Israeli-Made Weapons

    04/06/2011 2:55:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/4/11 | Elad Benari
    On Tuesday, as the Knesset debated a law against boycotts on Israel, a group of radical left Israeli academics turned to the government of Poland (the incoming president of the European Union) and demanded action against what they termed the “crimes of the occupation” perpetrated by Israel. The group is headed by Professor Rachel Giora of Tel Aviv University and is demanding that Poland cancel a cooperation agreement with Israel over production of the Spike missile, which they claim Israeli directs against civilians. The group members are also calling on the Polish government to promote an “arms embargo” on Israel...
  • Good News for Ave Maria University: Jim Towey Named New President

    02/10/2011 9:46:32 AM PST · by tcg · 3 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/10/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...Jim Towey's friendship with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He served as her legal counsel for twelve years. He offered himself, both in Mexico and Washington, DC, to her work of loving and serving the poor. This is clearly a man who "walks the walk" when it comes to his Catholic faith. As a Catholic lawyer with a commitment to authentic Catholic Social Doctrine, I followed Jim Toweys early work as Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and as Assistant to President George W. Bush from 2002 to May 2006... ...President Elect Towey released this statement,...
  • Radical Shriek

    10/24/2010 5:19:33 AM PDT · by libstripper · 38 replies · 6+ views
    Slate ^ | October 23, 2010 | David Weigel
    BERKELEY, Calif.—On the night before we are scheduled to address this conference, the Tea Party experts are treated to a meal at the Faculty Club. It sounds fancy, and it is, with the feel and décor of a Sundance ski lodge. Over craft beers, wine, and cheese, we discuss that favorite topic of liberal academics: What the hell happened to Barack Obama? Why does the right have all the energy that he and the left used to own?
  • Prof calls fellow academics ‘sanctimonious bigots’

    09/19/2010 9:03:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner [DC] ^ | 9/19/10 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    If the Left acknowledged sin, hypocrisy would be one of the most unforgiveable. But that’s exactly what hundreds of university faculty members – many in women’s and gender studies departments – were found guilty of during a recent experiment devised by a University of Illinois economics professor. Prof. Fred Gottheil told Front Page Magazine that he compiled a list of 675 email addresses from 900 signatures on a 2009 petition authored by Dr. David Lloyd, professor of English at the University of Southern California, urging the U.S. to abandon its ally, Israel. Prof. Gottheil discovered that six of the signers,
  • We Are Ruled by Professors

    09/06/2010 2:02:28 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 30 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Sept 6, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    So what did I learn in the university? I’ll try to be a bit less specific than I was in Who Killed Homer? written over a decade ago. Lies, lies, and more lies First was the false knowledge — odd for an institution devoted to free inquiry. The university runs like a 13th-century church in which the heliocentric maverick is a mortal sinner. So too on campus the Rosenbergs never spied. Alger Hiss was a martyr. Mao killed only a few who needed killing (see Anita Dunn on that one). Che was not a murderous thug, but a hair-in-the-wind carefree...
  • The Importance of the Catholic College for the Church and the World

    07/30/2010 5:16:13 AM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/30/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...I arrived to a packed out restaurant filled with men and women in their twenties with the same kind of commitment to living the Catholic faith that my persistent host showed me. They listened attentively to my talk and when I opened the floor to questions, they would have gone all night! The quality of the questions they asked revealed that they are genuinely trying to live their Catholic faith and share it with others. ...I found many of them were the good fruit of new or renewed Catholic Colleges like Franciscan University, Ave Maria, Belmont Abbey and the growing...
  • Pope's Q--A at End of Priestly Year Pt2 True Theology..Seeks..Communion W/ Christ" [Catholic Caucus]

    06/20/2010 8:51:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 2+ views ^ | JUNE 16, 2010 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Pope's Q-and-A at End of Priestly Year (Part 2) "True Theology ... Seeks to Enter More Profoundly in Communion With Christ" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 16, 2010 ( Here is a translation of the second of five questions from the question-and-answer session Benedict XVI held with priests Friday evening at the prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square. The session was part of the International Meeting of Priests that marked the end of the Year for Priests. Part 1 of the session appeared Tuesday. Part 3 will appear Thursday. * * * Africa Q: Holiness, I am Mathias Agnero and I come from Africa,...
  • Study finds soda pop sales tied to obesity in Allegheny County (Academia working to raise taxes)

    05/06/2010 6:35:41 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 38 replies · 472+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 6, 2010 | Sally Kalson
    If Allegheny County added a tax of 1 cent per ounce on sugary soft drinks, it would cut consumption up to 8 percent. It would also produce an extra $54 million in revenue that could be plowed back into anti-obesity efforts. That's the conclusion reached by 21 undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University, mostly seniors in the departments of Engineering and Public Policy or Social and Decision Sciences. (snip)
  • Final Exam: Harrick's Basketball 101 (Actual test given at University of Georgia in 2001)

    03/26/2010 9:17:14 PM PDT · by Keltik · 3 replies · 383+ views
    ESPN ^ | March 5, 2004
    The life of a college basketball player is tougher than you might think. Yes, they get to travel, play a game they love and be adored by legions of fans. But the tests. The horrific tests. If you were enrolled in Jim Harrick Jr.'s Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball course at the University of Georgia in the fall of 2001, you were drilled on such subjects as basketball, basketball and even basketball. How many points for a field goal? What league does Georgia compete in? What color are the uniforms? These are just a few of the piercing questions...
  • Noemie Emery: Obama's education of little use to his presidency

    01/13/2010 5:27:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 16 replies · 721+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 13, 2010 | Noemie Emery
    David Brooks notes that in the last year, something dire has happened: The public has turned decisively against the "educated classes" and all of their works. At the same time, it has also moved against Barack Obama, who began his term with approval ratings that bumped up against 70, and have now sunk to the high to mid-40s, with "strongly disapprove" ratings that rival those of George W. Bush at his worst. It has also moved strongly against his -- and the educated classes' -- ideas. It is more pro-life, more anti-climate change, more free market, less statist, more inclined...
  • Breaking the Hippie Spell at the White House

    10/30/2009 2:06:24 PM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies · 659+ views
    Canada Freepress ^ | October 30, 2009 | Judi McLeod
    Anti-establishment aging hippies from the 1960s are now the Czars having a field day with a Marxist agenda. In the upside down world that comes with Barack Obama in the White House, everything is a prop—including Old Glory. “One of the 20 finalists in health care video contest run by Barack Obama’s campaign arm features a mural of an American flag splattered with health care graffiti until it’s covered completely by black paint.” (, Oct. 28, 2009.) “The video is accompanied by the sound of a heart monitor pumping and then flat-lining—words such as “pre-existing conditions”, “homeless” and “death panel”...
  • U of I and CSU: The Unfortunate Fusion of Race and Politics

    08/28/2009 10:51:53 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 251+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/28/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Yesterday, the long saga over the clout scandal at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign (my alma mater) took it's latest turn. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that he won't fire the two University of Illinois trustees who refused to resign amid an admissions scandal, and he started to rebuild the board with new appointees.
  • The Audacity of Conceit

    07/10/2009 2:28:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 957+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 10, 2009 | Victor Volsky
    Intelligent idiots, smart fools, multi-degreed morons - lots of monikers could describe a category of individuals dismayingly prominent in the ruling elites of the West. They are the people so divorced from reality, so engrossed in bookish pursuits that - for all their undoubted intellectual accomplishments and often as a direct consequence thereof - they invariably end up with egg on their faces whenever they try to engage in practical activities. Worse yet, they idolize each other, sticking up for one another out of class solidarity. Case in point: a few days ago I watched a gathering of noted media...

    03/10/2009 10:14:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 1,678+ views ^ | Unknown | The people behind the film: Evan Coyne Maloney, Stuart Browning, Blaine Greenberg, Thor Halvorssen,
    INDOCTINATE U Our Education. Their Politics.

    03/10/2009 10:05:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 634+ views ^ | Unknown | n/a
    In this deleted scene, we told the story of how 1960s campus radicals morphed into today's academics. Three of those radicals were Ayers, his now-wife Bernardine Dohrn, and Mark Rudd. Together, they led the Weather Underground, a group committed to the violent overthrow the U.S. Government. To bring about their hoped-for communist utopia, the Weathermen bombed dozens of targets around the country including the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and military recruiting stations. In executing their various attacks, the Weathermen killed a few of their own and also murdered two police officers and a security guard while robbing an armored car....
  • More Than 3,000 Academics Sign Pro-Ayers Petition

    10/22/2008 3:09:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 726+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 22, 2008
    More than 3,200 supporters -- most of them educators -- have signed a petition protesting what they say is the "demonization of Professor William Ayers," asserting that his violent actions as the co-founder of the Weather Underground were just "history." Barack Obama's ties to Ayers have been questioned during the presidential campaign by critics who call the professor a "domestic terrorist." Among the people who signed the petition are No. 5, Columbia University professor of Arab studies Rashid Khalidi, and No. 814, former University of Colorado at Boulder professor Ward Churchill. Click here to see the petition. Churchill made headlines...
  • More Than 3,000 Academics Sign Pro-Ayers Petition (Mega Barf Alert)

    10/22/2008 3:08:46 PM PDT · by batter · 91 replies · 1,895+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 22 October 2008 | FoxNews
    More than 3,200 supporters -- most of them educators -- have signed a petition protesting what they say is the "demonization of Professor William Ayers," asserting that his violent actions as the co-founder of the Weather Underground were just "history." Barack Obama's ties to Ayers have been questioned during the presidential campaign by critics who call the professor a "domestic terrorist." Among the people who signed the petition are No. 5, Columbia University professor of Arab studies Rashid Khalidi, and No. 814, former University of Colorado at Boulder professor Ward Churchill.
  • H-Pol comments on McCain Ads

    10/14/2008 5:45:58 AM PDT · by mcvey · 39 replies · 823+ views
    H-Pol ^ | 10/13/08 | Mary Schweitzer
    . . . can anybody remember a campaign where the negative ads were so detached from even a semblance of reality . . . . My local TV stations are in Philadelphia, and with Pennsylvania a "battleground state", we're getting ALL the ads. I don't think I can take one more ad with a low, whispering [conspiratorial] voice saying that "liberals" caused everything that's wrong with this country, will raise your taxes, and send your jobs overseas. The picures that go with this are a grinning Obama superimposed over a sad-looking woman holding a son, looking something like the classic...
  • Pope to be a professor for a day (Benedict's retreat with former grad students)

    08/23/2008 5:23:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 122+ views
    Journal Now ^ | August 23, 2008 | Francis X. Rocca
    When a group of Joseph Ratzinger's former students congratulated him on the day after his 2005 inauguration as Pope Benedict XVI, the new pope greeted them with a piece of happy news. "The first thing he said to us was, ‘We will continue the Schulerkreis,'" recalled the Rev. D. Vincent Twomey, an Irish theologian who studied under Ratzinger at the University of Regensburg in the 1970s. The Schulerkreis, or "student circle," is a seminar/retreat that Benedict holds with his ex-graduate students every summer. This year's session will be held Aug. 30, at Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence southeast of...
  • Study: Top-tier students improved at much milder rate than kids near bottom

    06/19/2008 3:04:31 AM PDT · by amchugh · 11 replies · 108+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 16, 2008 | Tara Malone and Mary Ann Fergus
    His experience reflects a challenge felt in classrooms nationwide. Six years after the No Child Left Behind law was enacted, the lowest-performing students continue to improve while children in the top tier have hit a plateau, according to a report due out Wednesday. The findings renew concerns about how schools challenge their brightest students at a time when federal law, backed by sanctions and financial consequences, forces many districts to focus time and money on students at the bottom rung of the academic ladder.
  • In Wisconsin They Treat Their Academics Right: No way to win public's trust

    06/12/2008 3:04:28 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 3 replies · 86+ views
    Beloit Times ^ | 12 June 2008 | Staff
    HERE WE GO AGAIN, with the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents demonstrating its arrogance and contempt for the taxpayers who foot the bills. The board approved whopping raises for top UW officials. The new UW-Madison chancellor, Biddy Martin, was hired with a salary of $437,000 a year, more than $100,000 higher than her predecessor John Wiley was paid. President Kevin Reilly was granted a raise of nearly $80,000, moving from $342,000 a year to $421,500 nnually by next June. SOME READERS may remember just a few years ago, in 2003, when the regents were ruled in violation of...