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  • Kill the Alligators, Then Drain the Swamp

    08/02/2017 8:10:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 8-2-17 | Bruce Thornton
    Deeds, not words, are the best defense. Donald Trump campaigned on the promise to “drain the swamp” ––the D.C. establishment made up of most Congressmen from both parties, employees of executive agencies and bureaus, the political appointees who head up those agencies, and the hordes of lobbyists, fundraisers, Congressional staffers, “consultants,” “journalists,” and pundits. These are the “Beltway insiders” or the “political establishment” whose natural habitat is the swamp. These are the alligators Trump needs to get rid of. Of course, many of these D.C. denizens of the establishment are permanent dwellers in the swamp, beyond the reach of the...
  • Court Ruling Trashes Tenure, Opens The Door To 'Borking' Of College Professors

    05/30/2017 7:30:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 30, 2017 | George Leef
    In the fall of 2014, Marquette University political science professor John McAdams did something that thousands of academics do every day – he wrote a blog post expressing his opinion about something. That post, however, wound up getting him kicked off campus, suspended from teaching, and ultimately terminated from his job. A court has now ruled his termination is perfectly legal, despite the fact that he holds tenure. This case, which would have strained the imagination of Franz Kafka, badly undermines one of the remaining defenses against leftist inquisitions against faculty members who dare to question any aspect of “progressivism”...
  • Game of thrones: Israel prepares for Netanyahu's potential departure

    02/24/2017 6:46:36 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 16, 2017 | Amotz Asa-El
    As corruption investigations pile up, Benjamin Netanyahu’s potential early departure is likely to produce an early election with unpredictable results. (snip) The case the police is calling File 1000, which explores a supply channel of quality cigars and cases of pink champagne to the Netanyahu household from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, is the lesser of three investigations involving Netanyahu. The others involve an influence deal with the publisher of a major Israeli newspaper and an untendered purchase of German submarines. The second file is about talks held in 2014 between Netanyahu and Arnon “Noni” Mozes, publisher of the mass-circulation Yediot...
  • Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back

    02/23/2017 1:43:05 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 40 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/21/2017 | Derek Draplin
    An Ionia Public Schools teacher declared she was quitting after having an emotional meltdown in front of her second-grade students. She then abruptly walked out of the school, according to documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request. But after the school accepted the verbal notice as a resignation, the teacher claimed she did not formally quit, causing a monthslong battle over her employment status. Anne Purdun, a second-grade teacher at Emerson Elementary, yelled profanities in her classroom while students were present on April 20, 2016, according to charges filed by the school for a tenure proceeding, obtained through...
  • Obama appointees are “burrowing in” for career government positions

    10/03/2016 11:16:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Hot ^ | October 3, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    As we prepare to enter into the presidential transition period there is one pressing question on the mind of some government employees: will I stay or will I go? (With all due apologies to The Clash.) For most federal workers the change in management won’t have much effect. They are hired through normal channels and have powerful unions to ensure they stay there for as long as they like. But a second class of government employees consists of those who are appointed by the current administration. They generally don’t enjoy the same level of protection and are often replaced when...
  • Study: gender-neutral tenure policies harm women

    07/03/2016 11:12:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Jun 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM EDT | Rob Shimshock
    Ostensibly “gender-neutral” tenure policies designed to help women have actually ended up helping men instead, according to a new academic study. As reported by the American Enterprise Institute, a research paper entitled “Equal but Inequitable: Who Benefits from Gender-Neutral Tenure Clock-Stopping Policies?” tested the income of male and female professors when it implemented gender-neutral clock stopping policies, which cancel out the effect of maternity leave on the acquisition of tenure.“After the implementation of a gender-neutral clock stopping policy,” the paper reports, “the probability that a female assistant professor gets tenure at that university decreases by 22 percentage points while male...
  • Big Science is broken

    04/18/2016 6:44:09 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 69 replies
    The Week ^ | April 18, 2016 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Science is broken. That's the thesis of a must-read article in First Things magazine, in which William A. Wilson accumulates evidence that a lot of published research is false. But that's not even the worst part. Advocates of the existing scientific research paradigm usually smugly declare that while some published conclusions are surely false, the scientific method has "self-correcting mechanisms" that ensure that, eventually, the truth will prevail. Unfortunately for all of us, Wilson makes a convincing argument that those self-correcting mechanisms are broken. For starters, there's a "replication crisis" in science. This is particularly true in the field of...
  • Obama: Israeli-PA conflict won't be resolved during my tenure

    03/23/2016 5:15:53 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/3/16 | Elad Benari
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday expressed pessimism over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict being resolved during his tenure. Speaking during a visit to Argentina and quoted by The Associated Press, Obama said the conflict has been going for 60 years and would not be resolved in the next nine months. The comments come as he was asked at a town hall with young Argentinians whether it's possible to create a "bi-national state" containing leadership from both sides, according to AP. Obama replied and said he doesn't believe a "one-state solution" or divided government would be stable because there is so much distrust...
  • Tenure, Pro and Con

    12/21/2015 10:11:51 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 21, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At year's end, we thought, looking over copy for 2015, that we could get a snapshot of how tenure works in academe. Ultimately, we came up with 14 arguments for tenure and thirteen against but that ratio is deceptive. The 14 pro-tenure arguments consist of individuals and the anti-tenure arguments include three associations (including the 26,000-member Modern Language Association, which we know all too well.) Moreover, our pro-tenure arguments include two conservative scholars who found it to be no protection at all--one got fired, one is currently being harassed out of his job--as well as at least two others who...
  • Unions suffer loss in teacher tenure court case ( New York )

    10/25/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/23/15 | Jason Russell
    A lawsuit seeking to have New York's teacher tenure protections ruled unconstitutional will advance, thanks to a judge's ruling late Friday afternoon. Teachers unions filed a motion to dismiss the case, but their motion was denied. ... The parents seeking to invalidate the teacher tenure protections argue the law robs children of their right to a basic education. "Teachers in New York City are more likely to die on the job than be replaced because of poor performance," according to the Partnership for Educational Justice, which is backing the case. Roughly 30 percent of New York students are proficient in...
  • Colleges Wary of Scott Walker’s Higher Ed Reforms

    08/28/2015 7:14:33 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 27, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Donald might not notice him and even Jeb Bush may barely acknowledge his existence, but Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is still causing absolute apoplexy on the part of his state’s university professors. Governor Walker waves as he arrives to speak at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference ‘Tenure no longer exists in Wisconsin,” Chuck Rybak avers on his blog. “We have entered the era of pretendure.” “ The only moral thing to do, right now, is abolish the tenure file.” Rybak is an Associate Professor of English and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. “As someone...
  • Walker’s hostile waters: destruction of WI univ damages more than the liberal academic elite

    08/27/2015 12:31:07 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 78 replies
    Salon ^ | August 27, 2015 | Paula Young Lee
    Universities are an ecosystem, and when faculty are poached and grant money dries up, everyone suffers If you’re from Wisconsin, the Friday night fish fry is a big deal, and the fish you want on your plate is a yellow perch you caught yourself. But for years, the population of yellow perch has been in serious decline. Now on the verge of collapse, the future of this iconic fish is looking grim. Kind of like what is happening right now with the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, under siege from a legislative agenda that has been steadily decimating its...
  • UW Faculty Mass Exodus

    08/17/2015 9:50:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 73 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 16, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    He may not be getting as much attention as The Donald but Governor Scott Walker’s higher education reforms in Wisconsin are having a real world impact there. “Who wants to work in a state where tenure is an abstraction?,” Kelly Wilz, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County, writes in a column which appeared on the Academe Blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Apparently, not many of her colleagues, even the tenured ones. “The emails keep rolling in,” Wilz writes. “More colleagues leaving–not for better pay, not because they didn’t love their jobs, but...
  • UW Professor under fire for tweeting at incoming freshmen

    07/16/2015 1:58:31 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal ^ | 7-16-15 | Karen Herzog
    An outspoken University of Wisconsin-Madison professor is under fire for finding future Badgers on Twitter and allegedly harassing them — as well as for comparing Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler. Sara Goldrick-Rab is a professor of educational policy studies and sociology with a national profile in both her field of research and the ongoing debate over faculty tenure in Wisconsin public universities. ~snip~ Goldrick-Rab acknowledges that she searched Twitter for individuals who identified themselves as future Badgers. The prolific Twitter-user says she wanted to inform them of changes to faculty tenure and shared governance that were about to become part...
  • Scott Walker erodes Wisconsin college professor tenure

    07/13/2015 11:34:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/13/2015 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s trailblazing effort to weaken tenure protections at public colleges and universities is now a reality with his signing of a $73 billion budget on Sunday. The effort has outraged unions and higher education groups, leaving them fearful that other lawmakers will follow suit to unravel labor protections in higher education that have long been considered sacred ground. Walker downplayed the changes at Sunday’s signing at a valve manufacturing facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin, emphasizing instead that tuition was being frozen in the University of Wisconsin system for two more years at the rate it was two years...
  • Walker Wins: New Budget Will Repeal University Tenure

    07/11/2015 4:11:24 PM PDT · by PROCON · 85 replies ^ | July 11, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is poised to win a huge victory on education as the state legislature passed a budget that repeals state tenure guarantees while also slashing the budget of the University of Wisconsin. The victory was enunciated by the acquiescence of the university, which recognized its defeat by passing a spending plan that implements Walker’s cuts. All that remains is for Walker to consummate his victory by affixing his signature to the budget. The two-year, $73 billion budget approved Thursday makes a host of changes Walker has sought in the realm of education. Wisconsin’s school voucher program is...
  • Faculty Who Won’t Leave

    06/30/2015 6:26:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 29, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Tenured faculty may make up an increasingly smaller proportion of the professoriate than in days gone by but they are hanging onto their jobs with both fists. “Tenured faculty age 50 or older can be divided into three groups—35 % expect to retire by normal retirement age; 16 % would prefer to retire by normal retirement age, but expect to work longer (i. e., they are ‘reluctantly reluctant’ to retire); and 49 % would like to and expect to work past normal retirement age (i.e., they are ‘reluctant by choice’),” economist Paul Yakoboski found. Yakoboski is a senior economist at...
  • Scott Walker moving to weaken tenure for state college professors

    06/18/2015 1:29:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 99 replies
    Hot ^ | June 18, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Scott Walker has formed a Testing the Waters Committee, which I assume has something to do with Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union in 2013. (Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.) The new committee will provide him with an additional conduit to raise funds between now and when he announces his presidential bid in July. But at the same time, he’s making some other moves, particularly in the area of tenure for professors at public colleges and universities. As Republican Gov. Scott Walker prepares to campaign for president as the...
  • Scott Walker’s latest target: College professors

    06/18/2015 4:50:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | June 18, 2015 | Kimberly Hefling with Allie Grasgreen
    Labor leaders and the higher education community are closely watching to see if other politicians follow Walker’s lead.“I don’t think it’s an immediate threat elsewhere, but it’s still a big concern,” said Mark F. Smith, senior policy analyst at the National Education Association, which has slightly less than 200,000 higher education members.David Bergeron, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said he expects more such fights in upcoming years.“I think that this is just part of the evolution of attacks on … public benefits and on public sector employees of all sorts,” Bergeron said.------------ As Republican Gov. Scott...
  • Weaker tenure at the University of Wisconsin weakens academic freedom

    06/13/2015 5:23:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 13 june 2015
    Fear not, intrepid professor: Tenure isn't dead in Wisconsin. Those changes to shared governance? Minor stuff. And that new policy written into the state budget to make it easier to fire tenured professors like you? Just a little additional "flexibility" for your boss. Don't worry: Teach an extra class or something. The faculty in the University of Wisconsin System isn't buying this hokum, and you shouldn't, either. At the behest of a governor fast on his way to the presidential sweepstakes, the Legislature's budget-writing committee has voted to remove tenure for university professors from state statute, weaken the faculty's voice...