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Education (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Young Americans Don’t Need College During a Crisis

    05/25/2020 4:12:16 AM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 25, 2020 | Chloe Anagnos
    The American economy is deteriorating “with alarming speed,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said recently, signaling that the government’s response to COVID-19 put people in a difficult financial situation. Though Powell predicts this problem is temporary, a closer look at growing unemployment numbers shows that America might not bounce back quickly once the lockdowns end. To young people in school or who have recently graduated, the current situation might seem like a minor obstacle. But to older siblings who suffered during the 2008 recession, a broken economy doesn’t sound like a minor problem at all. As a matter of...
  • (Stanford) School of sustainability

    05/24/2020 8:19:34 AM PDT · by karpov
    The Grumpy Economist ^ | May 23, 2020 | John Cochrane
    In a few recent posts, I was critical of university endowment practices. Why build up a stock of investment, rather than invest in faculty, research, or other core activities? Why wall that pile of assets from being spent, especially when budgets are cratering in a pandemic? When we see businesses with piles of cash, we infer they don't have any good investment projects, and the piles are ripe for diversion to bad ideas. But universities are non-profits, and one major piece of being a non-profit is that the business is protected from the market for corporate control. If you see...
  • Weather or Not looks at the Weatherbell Saturday Summary

    05/24/2020 8:02:57 AM PDT · by ocrp1982 · 8 replies
    Weatherbell Analytics ^ | 5-24-2020 | Joe Bastrsi
    Summary of upcoming weather with a detailed explanation.
  • The Academic and Social Benefits of Homeschooling

    05/22/2020 8:17:25 AM PDT · by karpov · 10 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 15, 2020 | Brian D. Ray and Carlos Valiente
    Homeschooling works. The roughly 2 million children who currently learn at home join a millennia-old practice supported by many government officials, scholars, college officials, and employers. While mainstream America has embraced homeschooling as a viable and positive educational option—and as 55 million K-12 students and their parents have been thrust into “crisis-teaching at home”—the angst of some academics over homeschooling has abruptly emerged. Professors Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard University and James Dwyer of William and Mary School of Law organized a summer meeting to “focus on problems of educational deprivation and child maltreatment that too often occur under the guise...
  • Propaganda organs of the left hard hit by lockdown

    05/22/2020 8:05:29 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 22, 2020 | Thomas Lifson
    The nation’s blue state governors seem to be far more enthusiastic about lockdowns than their red state counterparts, perhaps because they recognize that the small businesses being driven toward extinction are a key component of the GOP base. But if their motives are so ruthless, perhaps they need to reckon with the damage being done to the key propaganda organs of the left: progressive media, higher education, and government schools...Yes, the pain from the lockdown is devastating for many people, and many businesses may never re-open. But enrepreneurs are entrprenuerial, and that means that new businesses will start up, replacing...
  • Idaho’s Higher Education Earthquake?

    05/22/2020 6:04:49 AM PDT · by karpov · 13 replies
    Higher education reform will only come from the outside, probably from political reform. Or so we thought. Along came the coronavirus, also an outside force, that is upsetting the status quo in higher education. State universities are now preparing to cut budgets in the face of inevitable funding reductions from states and drops in student enrollment. The inevitability of cuts does not make reform inevitable, however. Left to their own devices, universities are likely to prioritize diversity over excellence and bureaucracy over faculty and student needs. Governors, state legislatures, and state boards of education should, as John M. Ellis argued...
  • Study: Online College Classes Enable Rampant Cheating

    05/21/2020 5:48:34 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 21, 2020 | ALANA MASTRANGELO
    A recent study revealed that 62 percent of college students acknowledge that they have cheated on tests and coursework, and that online courses have facilitated more opportunities for students to engage in academic dishonesty. According to the National College Testing Association, online classes leave universities “more vulnerable to scandal and controversy related to academic dishonesty.” A new study examining cheating among college students revealed that 62 percent of students have cheated, and that their cheating habits increase if they are working in “unproctored environments,” according to a survey by the National College Testing Association.
  • ‘Quarantine sucks’: IN teens defy stay-at-home to pose for senior’s week pics

    05/21/2020 9:42:23 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 15 replies ^ | May 18, 2020 | Victor Skinner
    Students at Center Grove High School are apologizing after dozens posed for a group picture to mock the coronavirus last week, without masks and in defiance of Indiana’s stay-at-home order. Jackson Gardner, student yearbook editor, denounced the stunt in an editorial for Center Grove’s student newspaper the Trojaneer, which published a picture circulating online. “On May 13 at 6:30 p.m., countless seniors gathered against healthcare recommendations at the SCSA fields to celebrate senior week,” Gardner wrote. “This group of people, against the wishes of the school, state, and healthcare professionals across the country, met without masks and practiced zero social...
  • Universities try to block Congress from accessing documents detailing their ties to China

    05/21/2020 7:55:06 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 19 replies
    The College Fix ^ | May 20, 2020 | Christian Schneider
    Attorneys for universities under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education are trying to block Congress from obtaining records that detail the schools’ ties with China, according to a May 19 letter exclusively obtained by The College Fix. The letter, written by the Education Department’s General Counsel Reed Rubinstein, tells lawmakers who requested the documents that the universities’ lawyers “claimed Freedom of Information Act exemptions and legal privileges to block record production to Congress.” Rubinstein wrote that some schools may be overly aggressive in marking some documents “confidential” or “privileged.”
  • A Senior Conservative Christian Health Care Manager On How Faith Faces Pestilence

    05/21/2020 6:55:40 AM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 3 replies ^ | 22nd May 2020 | Ozguy1945
    My friend Graeme is a deeply religious man who knows how important and valuable the ancient wisdoms of the Christian faith can be in guiding us in this insane modern world. I find it very moving the way Graeme focusses on the compassion of the shortest verse in the Bible as he explains how his faith underpins and inspires his professional work to save peoples’ lives in the Age of Coronavirus: “Jesus wept.” John 11.35 Compassion. The heart of Christianity. Lest We Forget. Geoff Fox, 21st May, 2020, Down Under
  • Testing Affirmative Action

    05/20/2020 4:50:18 AM PDT · by karpov · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 20, 2020 | Hal R. Arkes and George W. Dent Jr.
    Even though Harvard won the first round in its battle with Students for Fair Admissions, a case challenging the university’s affirmative action policy, the judge did not address the deep and difficult issues that racial preferences involve. For lawyers and judges who will grapple with this issue in the future, we would like to advance some new ideas based on empirical research on the evaluation process. The Supreme Court has said repeatedly that racial discrimination by the government is permissible only to meet a “compelling state interest.” Beginning with the Bakke case in 1978, the Court said that the educational...
  • Incoming freshmen urged to take gap year as COVID-19 uncertainty looms

    05/19/2020 1:39:09 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 49 replies
    The College Fix ^ | May 18, 2020 | Jennifer Kabbany
    If there’s one piece of advice graduating high school seniors are probably hearing a lot of these days, it’s this: take a gap year. Calls encouraging the class of 2020 to defer college for a year continue to mount amid the coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown. “Dear High School Seniors: It’s Time To Consider A Gap Year Thanks To Covid-19,” writes Eric Brotman, a financial planner, in Forbes. “Waiting a year may be the best move in order to ensure you get the traditional college freshman experience, both academically and socially,” Brotman writes. “Taking a gap year may not have...
  • Ricochet COVID Symposium: Special Needs Kids Need Their Schools

    05/19/2020 1:28:29 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 7 replies
    Ricochet ^ | May 19, 2020 | Michael A. Vicario
    I’m the father of an eight-year-old non-verbal autistic son. My wife and I recently spent a significant amount of time working with the school district to find an appropriate school for him. Given his difficulties, this was no small task. His prior school situation could not handle him anymore. Finally, we found what we hoped would be a good fit, with strong teachers and therapists that could handle him. Not long after my son started the new school, the governor closed schools because of this pandemic. My wife and I were upset and disappointed, but we understood. While there were...
  • A conservative woman reaches out to defend marriage.

    05/19/2020 12:56:52 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 17 replies ^ | 20th April 2020 | 0zguy1945
    Marriage is under pressure. Shelly of San Diego stands up for what's right.
  • Syracuse University increases tuition and financial aid for 2020-21; sticker price likely more than $76K

    05/18/2020 2:27:50 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 33 replies ^ | May 12, 2020 | Chris Carlson
    On the heels of taking austerity measures to combat the financial impact of the coronavirus, Syracuse University will increase both the amount it charges students in tuition and the amount of financial aid it provides students next year. In an announcement by the school, the university indicated that it will increase its tuition fees by 3.9%, up to $54,270 for students admitted in fall 2018 and afterward.
  • These two law firms have filed 28 coronavirus-related lawsuits against universities, and counting

    05/17/2020 11:24:15 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 18 replies
    The College Fix ^ | May 15, 2020 | Jeremiah Poff
    ...The lawsuits seek damages related to depriving students of in-person instruction and campus amenities without issuing any form of tuition refunds. Some schools have even declined to issue room and board reimbursements. The South Carolina-based Anastopoulo law firm kicked off the suits in mid-April, filing on behalf of students at Drexel University and the University of Miami. Since then, the firm has filed an additional 19 lawsuits against colleges and universities across the entire country. Hagens Berman law firm, which has offices nationwide, has also filed eight similar lawsuits against colleges and universities...Hagens Berman law firm has a webpage dedicated...
  • Video: Ilhan Omar’s Daughter Calls American Soldiers “Bitches” And Accuses Them Of “Actively Killing Innocent Children”

    05/17/2020 4:47:16 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 25 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 05.17.2020 | Alex Hall
    Isra Hirsi, daughter of Ilhan Omar apparently has the same feelings about the American military as her mother. Isra Hirsi calls the American military “bitches” and claims that they are “furthering American imperialism” and “actively killing innocent children abroad”. “I know this is a joke, but the fact that these men are calling me a bitch when they are actively killing innocent children abroad and also furthering US imperialism makes me think that they are actually the bitch,” Hirsi said during a TikTok live video that was captured by conservative activist CJ Pearson. The video was apparently deleted but not...
  • Leading College Republicans and Dems Draft Open Letter Urging American Universities to Combat Chinese Influence

    05/15/2020 5:36:56 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | May 14, 2020 | Zachary Evans
    Leading college Republicans and Democrats have teamed up to establish a non-profit to combat Chinese government influence on American campuses. In its first official act, the Athenai Institute released a letter on Wednesday calling for the closure of Confucius institutes at U.S. colleges and universities, as well as for “full and public disclosure of all ties, both financial and academic, between centers of higher learning and all Chinese state agencies and proxies.” The letter has been signed by the leadership of both the College Republican National Committee and the College Democrats of America, as well as numerous human rights groups...
  • New Title IX Regulations Restore Due Process–But There’s a Battle Ahead

    05/15/2020 4:57:07 AM PDT · by karpov · 4 replies
    In the latest case where a male student sued his college over the unfair procedures it used to expel him, Colgate University in New York will go to trial. So ruled federal district judge Frederick Scullin on April 30. In his opinion, the plaintiff student had presented sufficient evidence of bias against him for the case to proceed. The case began in October 2016. At that time, Colgate, like all American colleges, was operating under the Title IX regulations instituted during the Obama administration. Those regulations, dictated through a mere “Dear Colleague” letter rather than formal administrative rulemaking, decreed that...
  • Poll: Two-thirds of college students want in-person classes this fall even without COVID vaccine

    05/14/2020 7:28:54 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 31 replies
    Trending Politics ^ | May 14, 2020 | Jonathan Davis
    ...According to the survey, 65 percent of respondents said they are willing to return to class on campus, while 31 percent said they will only attend virtual instruction. Four percent said they’d leave college altogether if they had to attend on-campus. The thing is, virtual classes aren’t cutting it. The survey found that 45 percent of students reported attending class less often, while fully 70 percent said they got distracted too easily — by their phones, by the computer, and things occurring in their households. And, as Axios continued, attending virtual classes isn’t quite the “college experience” students desire or...