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  • Frederick Douglass vs. Karl Marx: who is worth celebrating, 200 years later?

    03/26/2018 12:44:32 PM PDT · by kocooked · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 3/23/2018 | Michael Cook
    It will come as no surprise that this year Hillsdale College has chosen to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass. Born a slave in Talbot County, Maryland, Douglass fled north to freedom in 1838. Eventually, he became a celebrated orator, and a leading figure in the abolition movement. Douglass also became a friend of Hillsdale College. He was twice an honored guest of the college. His first visit took place in January 1863, a few weeks after the final issuance of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. On that occasion, Douglass delivered an address entitled “Popular Error and Unpopular Truth.”...
  • Notre Dame professor: Higher education is 'drowning in BS'

    01/16/2018 7:50:48 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 16, 2018, 1:48 PM | Kate Hardiman
    “I have had enough bullshit,” wrote Notre Dame sociology professor Christian Smith in a recent piece about the systemic problems of American Higher Education. “The manure has piled up so deep in the hallways, classrooms, and administration buildings of American higher education that I am not sure how much longer I can wade through it and retain my sanity and integrity.” This forward, in-your-face commentary on the state of today’s higher education caught the attention of many in the realm of the Ivory bell tower, but should also serve as a wake-up call to those who don’t follow higher ed...
  • $78,000 of Debt for a Harvard Theater Degree

    08/08/2017 9:50:37 AM PDT · by Theoria · 97 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Aug 2017 | SOPHIE HAIGNEY
    Twelve years after finishing Harvard’s graduate theater program, Katierose Donohue still pays almost as much in student loans each month — about $650 — as for her share of the rent in Los Angeles. She recently stopped hosting her monthly sketch comedy show, “Ma’am,” because she didn’t always break even on her $200 budget. She’s now working side jobs as a dog walker and a social media copywriter, after past gigs serving at Starbucks and handing out free cigarettes for Camel. She’s never missed a loan payment, but there’s no end in sight: She borrowed nearly $75,000 to attend the...
  • A Thoughtless Age: The Liberal Arts Are Dead

    08/12/2015 7:40:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/12/2015 | Spengler
    John Agresto’s Aug. 7 essay “The Suicide of the Liberal Arts” is one of the more eloquent of the elegies for high culture that appear from time to time in the quality press. A former president of St. John’s College (Santa Fe), perhaps the best undergraduate Great Books program around, Agresto wrote in the Wall Street Journal: When properly conceived and taught, the liberal arts do not by themselves make us “better people” or (God knows) more “human.” They don’t exist to make us more “liberal,” at least in the contemporary political sense. But the liberal arts can do...
  • The Liberal Arts Are Dead; Long Live STEM

    06/02/2015 10:27:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6/2/15 | Thielman
    In recent months, Christopher Scalia in the Wall Street Journal and Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post have defended studying the liberal arts in college, primarily to confront advocates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Zakaria’s article previewed his new book, “In Defense of a Liberal Education.” From my perspective as a former engineer, two caveats arise regarding their pleas: first, “liberal” education that involves “critical thinking” disappeared decades ago, to be replaced by hyper-sensitive grievance mongering; second, the quantitative reasoning STEM occupations develops also facilitates the understanding of trade-offs people need to make rational decisions among myriad conflicting...
  • State university considers 'college bankruptcy,' liberal arts schools aren't only ones in trouble

    04/24/2015 1:41:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2015 | Abby Jackson
    Proving it's not only small, private, liberal-arts colleges that are susceptible to financial distress, Louisiana State University (LSU) announced that it's in the midst of drawing up a financial exigency plan. Bloomberg News, which reported the development, called the plan "equivalent to a college bankruptcy" and noted that it would let LSU fire tenured faculty and restructure its finances. The Baton Rouge-based university with over 30,000 students is drafting the plan, in part, because the most recently proposed budgetary cuts by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal threaten to severely impact the higher-education system in the state. The governor's plans would cut...
  • Sowell: Who Trashes Liberal Arts?

    03/31/2015 9:47:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 31, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    An op-ed piece titled "Conservatives, Please Stop Trashing the Liberal Arts" appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal. But it is not conservatives who trashed the liberal arts. Liberal professors have trashed the liberal arts, by converting so many liberal arts courses into indoctrination centers for left-wing causes and fads, instead of courses where students learn how to weigh conflicting views of the world for themselves. Now a professor of English, one of the most fad-ridden of the liberal arts today, blames conservative critics for the low esteem in which liberal arts are held. Surely a professor of English...
  • Conservative prof who was denied promotion wins First Amendment lawsuit

    03/21/2014 7:20:35 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 10:34 PM 03/20/2014
    First Amendment enthusiasts are thrilled that Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, won his lawsuit against administrators who denied him a promotion because of his conservative, Christian views. Adams joined the university in 1993. He was an atheist at the time. By the year 2000, he had converted to Christianity and become an outspoken political conservative. He eventually wrote columns for In 2006, he was denied a promotion. Administrators were retaliating against him for his conservative views, he claimed. The jury agreed. Adams’s lawyers said the victory is an important one for free speech...
  • High-tech and Humanity: 'English Majors Are What We're Looking For'

    07/26/2013 10:40:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    Economic anxiety defines the Detroit bankruptcy, and not just in Michigan and the Midwest. Detroit is the urban nightmare, symbolic of America's downward cultural spiral since the 1960s, when optimism about what Americans could accomplish was the national elixir. The automobile was the national icon: powerful, beautiful and reliable. Detroit's advertising slogans reflected America's immeasurable self-confidence. Cadillac boasted that it was "the standard of the world." Buick promised that "when better cars are built, Buick will build them." Packard, then Detroit's ultimate expression of luxury, smugly advised, "Ask the man who owns one." The car was the example of infinite...
  • BBC: Taliban poetry and the lone fighter

    07/11/2012 10:31:04 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9 July 2012 | Dawood Azami
    Epic songs and battle hymns have for centuries lent fortitude to tribal warriors. But as international forces begin winding down their operations, the Islamist militants are redoubling efforts to take ownership of this treasured cultural tradition and use it for their own ends. They believe poetry converted to chants will help them recruit new fighters and inspire existing ones. Earlier this year the Taliban launched a new website called Tarani (meaning chants or ballads). It provides links to hundreds of chants by dozens of different singers. A book of Taliban poems has even been translated into English and published this...
  • Gov. Scott's idea to slash liberal arts funding called "uninformed" (Rick Perry's push for reform)

    10/22/2011 2:17:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    WTSP ^ | October 12, 2011 | Tammie Fields
    Tampa, Florida - If you're a student trying to earn a degree in anthropology, or even journalism, Governor Rick Scott says don't bother. He says if the state is to compete for the best jobs, he wants students focusing on science, engineering, and math. Governor Scott says Florida needs more graduates in high tech fields so companies will consider relocating to the Sunshine State. But he's being criticized for his idea to shift tax dollars away from liberal arts majors like anthropology and journalism. Natalie Odom is majoring in mass communications at the University of South Florida. She says, "I...
  • For those going to College: Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts

    11/04/2010 9:14:31 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 76 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/25/2010 | Joe Light
    The starting pay of certain liberal arts majors generally clocks in well below that of graduates in engineering fields, according to a Wall Street Journal study. Graduates with engineering degrees earned average starting pay of $56,000 in their first full-time jobs out of college, topping other majors. Communications and English majors only earned $34,000 in their first jobs. The survey, which was conducted by between April and June of this year, was answered by about 11,000 people who graduated between 1999 and 2010. The reported starting pay was adjusted for inflation to make the salaries of graduates from different...
  • Defining Dumbness Down

    05/08/2010 4:00:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 291+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 08, 2010 | Jeffrey Folks
    Having no substance of its own, the left is inherently parasitic; like a cancer cell or virus, it survives by posing as a healthy member of the same host it then attacks and ultimately destroys. This pattern of "mimic-attack-conquer" has given us liberty-hating "liberals," leftist mainline churches that publicly embrace what their own teachings explicitly prohibit, and educators whose goal is to ensure that all children get left behind. This last item is exemplified by the distressing transformation of the backbone of the Western Canon, the liberal arts, into something decidedly "illiberal." Under the direction of leftist educators, the very...
  • Liberal Arts Economics

    04/12/2010 1:28:51 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 215+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | April 12, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Liberal Arts Economics Bethany Stotts, April 12, 2010 2010 graduates majoring in the liberal arts got more bad job market news last week with the release of the Spring 2010 Salary Survey results. “The National Association of Colleges and Employers said Thursday that average salary offers to 2010 bachelor’s degree candidates are down 1.7% to $47,673, compared to $48,515 offered to last year’s graduates,” reported Hibah Yousuf for on April 8. “Last year’s graduates had a tougher time landing jobs, but starting salaries only slipped 1.2% compared with 2008 graduates, said NACE employment information manager Andrea Koncz,” reports Yousuf....
  • American college grads: Homebodies with worthless degrees

    10/24/2009 11:44:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 119 replies · 4,964+ views
    time ^ | October 15, 2009 | Justin Fox
    I had a somewhat disturbing conversation yesterday with Steve Fussell, the senior VP of human resources at pharmaceutical maker Abbott. His basic message, which I may pursue in a column down the road, was that Abbott is going to be hiring tons of people for high-paying jobs over the next decade, but not many of them will be Americans because we study the wrong things in college and we're not willing to work overseas. The key quotes: 1) "I hate to say we don't have the world's best universities. We may have the best minds, the best liberal arts education....
  • Are Liberal Arts Degrees Worth the Cost in This Economy?

    05/24/2009 12:42:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies · 3,009+ views
    As Nicole Marshall posed for photos on the eve of her commencement, someone joked, "Smile -- think of all the loans you took out for this!" She says she chose St. Michael's, a Catholic liberal arts college near Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vt., because it offered the biggest aid package, "but I'm still leaving with quite a bit of loans" -- about $20,000. Her debt is a little lighter than the national average for graduates of private, four-year schools who borrow: nearly $23,800 as of 2007, according to the College Board in New York. But if there's any time that...
  • US:Coming Soon Islamic College

    05/17/2009 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 21 replies · 802+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | May 17Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Recently I have posted articles ranging from showing that American Muslims are not assimilating and forming their own communities, to Muslims openly calling for jihad just blocks away from Ground Zero. As long as they go unopposed they are going to continue to move forward with their agenda of an Islamic USA. Now two prominent American Muslims are close to finalizing their plan to open an Islamic College right here in America. The school will be lead by two Islamic scholars, the first being Sheik Hamza Yusuf, who in the past had made this statement.
  • Antioch faculty to keep teaching as school closes

    07/12/2008 10:12:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 186+ views
    ABC 7 News ^ | July 11, 2008 | JAMES HANNAH
    Former faculty at Antioch College, which is temporarily closing amid financial problems, plan to teach in coffee shops, bookstores and parks to keep alive the spirit of the private school known for its pioneering academic programs. Scott Warren, former associate professor of philosophy and political theory at Antioch, said 22 ex-faculty members have formed the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute in the village of Yellow Springs... Warren said the institute will follow the Antioch formula of offering progressive liberal arts courses while encouraging learning for life, humanitarian acts and collective decision-making. Murdock said she applauds the group's passion, but the institute...
  • CLAS faculty upset as college bears brunt of layoffs

    05/13/2008 11:04:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 48+ views
    The Independent Florida Alligator ^ | May 13, 2008 | DEBORAH SWERDLOW
    To meet its share of a $47 million budget cut, UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will reduce its foreign language offerings, lay off more than 30 faculty and staff and eliminate three Ph.D. programs. The $5.97 million cut amounts to 6 percent of CLAS' budget. The faculty layoffs stem mostly from the closing of the Korean and Vietnamese language programs and the Ph.D. programs in philosophy, French and German. All of the Ph.D. students as of fall 2008 -- about 27 in philosophy and nearly 30 in French and German -- will be allowed to finish their degrees....
  • Instead of Harvard -Try Welding and Plumbing College Instead

    04/26/2008 10:35:16 AM PDT · by slackattack19 · 35 replies · 234+ views
    The Uncommon Sense Blog ^ | 4/25/08 | Dan Taylor
    As a parent, I am reevaluating the merits of the 160K investment I am about to finish making in my daughter's education at the University of Texas. It's not that UT isn't a fantastic school and that my daughter has not done well in her double major of Psychology and Spanish ( 3.95 GPA) it's just that I'm trying to figure out what she does in a year or so to get that back or to even leverage on it in the world that she will find herself.. Perhaps she can be a sort of Dr. Phil for Telemundo going...