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Education (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • The Time Is Now: Abolish the Department of Education

    07/01/2020 8:36:49 AM PDT · by karpov · 28 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 1, 2020 | Walter E. Block
    ... Once upon a time, long, long ago, those accused of rape or sexual harassment on campus were dealt with approximately as they would have been in any other non-university context. There would have been due process, the presumption of innocence, the right for the defense to confront the accuser, the right to an unbiased judge, the right for the defendant to hire a lawyer, and other such hoary traditions of justice. The underlying principle, then, was that it was better that 10 criminals go unpunished, than one innocent person be found guilty. But in 2011, a “Dear Colleague” Title...
  • Research Universities Have a Duty to Reopen

    06/29/2020 6:06:00 AM PDT · by karpov · 7 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | June 29, 2020 | Shannon Watkins
    Although colleges across the country plan to reopen for the fall semester, much is still unknown about how to best proceed. Leaders are grappling with how to best safeguard public health while attempting to re-establish some sense of normalcy on campus. Despite the uncertainties that lie ahead, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Buck Goldstein, argues that research universities like UNC-Chapel Hill have a responsibility to “lead the way when it comes to basic operations in the new reality…The choices they make and the mistakes they inevitably suffer will help guide governments and businesses of...
  • UC Berkeley Chancellor Offers Stunning Response to Shooting of Student

    06/28/2020 9:01:01 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 30 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | June 28, 2020 | Mike LaChance
    A young man at Berkeley was shot in the back of the head while on a walk. The chancellor offered a response that boggles the mind. “Others, like many of us, are experiencing stress, grief and anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic and the recent murders of George Floyd, Riah Milton, and other Black Americans.”
  • DHS Admits 600,000 Foreign H-1B Workers in American Jobs

    06/27/2020 11:39:37 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies ^ | Jun 27, 2020 | Neil Munro
    U.S. employers keep roughly 600,000 foreign H-1B visa workers in jobs throughout the United States, according to an unprecedented report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency. The total number of resident H-1B workers has successfully been kept secret for decades, mainly because Fortune 500 companies do not want voters to recognize the massive outsourcing of jobs for themselves and their college graduate children.
  • WATCH: This Black Anti-Police Activist Experienced A Change Of Heart After Participating In Police Use Of Force Training Drills

    06/27/2020 5:29:43 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 12 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 27, 2020 | The Scoop
    A video from 2015 has gone viral, showing a black anti-police activist accepting an invitation from Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona to participate in police use of force simulation training sessions to better understand the stresses and split-second decisions police officers are faced with on a daily basis. Reverend Jarrett Maupin, who organized #BlackLivesMatter protests following the officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, participated in three scenarios, each one followed by a discussion of when he sensed a threat and why he chose to draw his weapon....Maupin stated that the training scenarios changed his way of thinking, saying, “I didn’t understand...
  • Antioch College Announces Stunning Budget Cut of $2.5 Million Dollars

    06/26/2020 8:40:03 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 11 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | June 25, 2020 | Mike LaChance
    Like so many other schools, this cut was necessary because of the Coronavirus crisis. YS News reports: Antioch College announces $2.5 million budget cut; staff, faculty let go Antioch College is cutting spending by $2.5 million in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Eight staff employees, currently furloughed, are being laid off. In addition, the college is reducing its faculty by six, through voluntary and negotiated departures and one retirement.
  • If We Jettison Standardized Testing, What’s Its Replacement?

    06/26/2020 7:53:52 AM PDT · by karpov · 16 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | June 26, 2020 | George Leef
    The COVID-19 pandemic probably won’t kill the SAT, but will no doubt leave it in a badly weakened condition. Both the SAT (and its close competitor, the ACT) have had to cancel administration of their tests for the last few months and, according to this Washington Post story, universities have decided that they will make their admission decisions without those test scores. Before COVID-19, support for standardized testing was already eroding and recent developments are sure to cause further slippage. Undoubtedly, the greatest blow was the decision by the University of California (UC) system to stop relying on standardized tests...
  • College Rebranding Student IDs After ‘Freedom Cards’ Deemed Dehumanizing

    06/26/2020 6:40:23 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 20 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 25, 2020 | Alex Nester
    Robert Morris University, a private school outside Pittsburgh, is changing the name of its student, faculty, and staff ID cards after a petition circulated calling the name "Freedom Cards" dehumanizing. The IDs will be renamed "RMU ID" to address the concerns of some students. The administration had planned on a rebranding for some time, Jonathan Potts, the school’s vice president of public relations and marketing, told the Washington Free Beacon. RMU has not yet formally announced the change. The name change comes as protesters across the country, outraged over police brutality and the death of George Floyd, have called for...
  • Bad Eagle’s Question

    06/24/2020 2:26:56 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 9 replies
    Ricochet ^ | June 22, 2020 | David Foster
    The late Dr. David Yeagley, a Comanche Indian (traditional name ‘Bad Eagle’) and college professor, described an interaction that took place in one of his classes. (excerpted) “LOOK, DR. YEAGLEY, I don’t see anything about my culture to be proud of. It’s all nothing. My race is just nothing.” The girl was white. She was tall and pretty, with amber hair and brown eyes. For convenience’ sake, let’s call her “Rachel.” I had been leading a class on social psychology, in which we discussed patriotism – what it means to be a people or a nation. The discussion had been...
  • Preserving the American Way of Life

    06/24/2020 11:29:11 AM PDT · by upchuck · 5 replies
    Claremont Institute ^ | June 3, 2020 | Thomas D. Klingenstein
    Hat tip to my friend Leo for this. This is an excerpt. Click on the link for the complete article. Republicans need a new mission. It seems to me Republicans are somewhat lost. And that may be, in part, because they are not exactly sure where they want to go. They do not think clearly enough about their purpose or mission. My proposal for a mission is this: To “preserve the American way of life.” The party’s platform and rhetoric should serve this mission. To “preserve the American way of life” is not simply a bumper sticker or a talking...
  • Why Do American Universities Lead the World in Scientific Research?

    06/24/2020 8:45:21 AM PDT · by karpov · 27 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | June 24, 2020 | John Staddon
    Miguel Urquiola is professor and chair of the department of economics at Columbia University. His special field is education and his book Markets, Minds, and Money: Why America Leads the World in University Research is about American higher education—its history, its relationship to higher education in Europe, and the trajectory it has followed from the first green shoots of the Ivy League. Urquiola describes how the history of American universities put them on a path different from European universities, a path where economic forces could act in ways that allowed American institutions to diverge and, in the late 20th century,...
  • Save the Humanities by Flipping the Curriculum

    06/22/2020 7:37:09 AM PDT · by karpov · 4 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | June 22, 2020 | Grattan Brown
    For more than two decades, professors have been “flipping” classrooms to move course material online and use classroom time for student-centered activity and more complex, collaborative thinking. This flip strikes me as a good analogy for a needed reform: Flipping some required humanities courses from the first half to the second half of a college student’s education. Higher ed leaders should replace lower-level humanities survey courses with an integrated series of upper-level courses that help students to think deeply about humanity and society. Moving most humanities courses to junior and senior years enables freshmen to declare a major and take...
  • Experts say American branch campuses in China may be enabling research theft

    06/21/2020 5:59:51 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 5 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 16, 2020 | Christian Schneider
    While Congress continues to investigate American universities that host Chinese government-funded “Confucius Institutes” on their campuses, a different type of financial entanglement has gotten the notice of observers: universities that sponsor branch campuses and joint programs overseas. In a way, this is simply the opposite of an American campus hosting a Chinese program in the U.S. – a school will either set up its own campus in China or enter into a joint academic program with a Chinese university to share resources... But like Confucius Institutes on American campuses, experts are beginning to worry about the security of American intellectual...
  • Under Marxist's Theory It’s Happy Sperm Donor Day Comrade

    06/21/2020 9:34:13 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 8 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6/21/20 | Vanity
    Since under Marxist's Theory the State is the center of all Authority. Anything which threatens this State Authority must be ridiculed, broken up and destroyed. The family unit and by extension the father is a threat to that authority. So comrade, the man is just a spear donor, because it takes a village to raise the children. OOPs I just exposed Hillary’s dirty little secret! This is what Universities are teaching your children. You must learn to counter their efforts. My posting is not to make you mad. No, it’s to make you angry! Angry enough to take action. 1....
  • FSU Student Leaders Stick By Anti-Semitic Senate President

    06/20/2020 7:12:33 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 19, 2020 | Chrissy Clark
    Florida State University's student senate narrowly voted to keep its president despite his history of anti-Semitic comments. FSU student senate president Ahmad Daraldik wrote "f— Israel" and "stupid Jew" in social media posts and created a website comparing the "occupation of Palestine" to the Holocaust. He defended his past behavior in a video circulated prior to the vote. "I was a child living under an oppressive occupation, where my voice was not heard. So, when I saw a post of a child with a soldier's foot on their chest and a gun to their face, I had no time," Daraldik...
  • Oakland professor placed on leave after asking a student named Phuc Bui to change her name

    06/20/2020 5:19:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 20, 2020 | Greg P.
    Matthew Hubbard, a math professor at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., was placed on leave after he reportedly asked a student to Anglicize her name because it “sounds like an insult in English”: We are aware of the allegations of racist and xenophobic messages from a faculty member at our college with a student about the pronunciation of their name. Click here to read President Gilkerson's full statement: — Laney College
  • Activist Academics Threaten the Integrity of Higher Ed

    06/19/2020 7:25:28 AM PDT · by karpov · 7 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | June 19, 2020 | Anthony Hennen
    The rise of activist professors has shaped the culture in higher ed for decades. As activists have become more prominent, a familiar process has changed academic departments, pushing scholars out and replacing them with professors who think in political terms and prioritize social change. A new Martin Center policy brief, ‘Witches’ and ‘Viruses:’ The Activist-Academic Threat and a Policy Response, looks at that process and how activists conceive of their project. Joy Pullmann and Sumantra Maitra analyze two feminist papers that present strategies for capturing institutions and using universities to further political change. The politicization problem doesn’t stay within one...
  • Rep. Doug Lamborn Asks Department of Education to Investigate Middle East Studies at UC Berkeley

    06/18/2020 10:23:34 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos concerning the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) and its potential misuse of federal funds under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA). By way of background: Title VI grants use taxpayer money to "develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs" in the field of "international studies and world languages." Programs supported by Title VI must "reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views" for the purpose of aiding U.S. national security. The Middle East Forum's Campus...
  • Anti-intellectualism at Cornell Law School: Student groups organize boycott of my course

    06/17/2020 4:42:00 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 17 June 2020 | William A Jacobson
    “we further urge the administration to critically examine the views of the individuals they intend to employ”I have been chronicling the saga of efforts to get me fired and denounced at Cornell Law School because of blog posts I wrote critical of the Black Lives Matter Movement as it originated, developed, and plays out now: - There’s an effort to get me fired at Cornell for criticizing the Black Lives Matter Movement - Cornell campus climate “so far beyond political correctness” - Jonathan Turley rips Cornell Law faculty letter against me: “It is the antipathy of the intellectual foundations for...
  • American University promises to punish anyone not wearing masks outside

    06/17/2020 2:26:29 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 23 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 17, 2020 | Greg Piper
    The University of Texas-Austin promised to punish students for not wearing masks inside buildings. American University has gone a step further, requiring masks outside as well. The private university in Washington, D.C., published a 16-page slide show Monday that says face masks “will be required for all community members at all times on campus,” with the exception of people “alone in residence hall rooms or private offices.” A sidebar explicitly says “outdoor spaces” are covered by “Health and Safety protocols.” In other words, if another person is outside on the 84-acre campus at the same time as you, you must...