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Mississippi School District Bans ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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The school district in Biloxi, Mississippi has removed ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from the 8th-grade reading list because it “makes people uncomfortable.”

On Colleges Losing Their Minds (or Other Tales of Small N Inferences)

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According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics there were 7,236 Postsecondary Title IV institutions in the US as of 2013 (two- and four-year institutions).  That translates into thousands upon thousands of classes on a given day. Hence, it makes perfect sense to draw grand conclusions about higher education in America from a […]

Another Professor Fired After Another Stupid Tweet

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A stupid comment about Hurricane Harvey cost a Florida professor his job.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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“I am not overawed, and I am not at all disturbed by the proclamation of college professors who never earned a dollar by the sweat of their brow by honest labor.”–Senator Samuel Shortridge (R-CA) in response to “1,028 economists [who] sent a letter of protest, arguing that protectionism would harm the economy and cause a trade […]

How not to be a Dean

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Via the LAT: An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. Puliafito, 66, and these much younger acquaintances […]

Seventh Circuit Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student In Bathroom Access Case

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A Federal appellate court has ruled that a transgender student must be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

Underfunded Higher Ed

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Musings on the costs of college.

David Clarke’s Plagiarized Masters Thesis

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The infamous former sheriff and current Trump Homeland Security official committed academic fraud.

Supreme Court Considers Church-State Separation Case

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in a case dealing with whether Missouri can deny a religious school from participating in a program to make school playgrounds safer.

Reflections on the Passing of Will Moore

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When a prominent political scientist committed suicide yesterday, I was deeply struck by how much he was like not only me but most of the people in my professional circle.

Betsy DeVos is “not a numbers person.”

Via WaPo: At a recent public forum, DeVos said her record in office should be graded on expansion of choice-friendly policies. She did not embrace a suggestion that she be judged on academic outcomes. “I’m not a numbers person,” she said. In fairness, that is one phrase and it lacks context. Also in fairness, however, if […]

Court Approves Trump University Settlement

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Via CNN Money:  Trump University $25 million settlement approved Thousands of former Trump University students will get most of their money back, with a judge on Friday approving a $25 million settlement. “The settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable,” Judge Gonzalo Curiel said in his decision.  Nearly 4,000 former students submitted claims and those who […]

Supreme Court Punts Transgender Bathroom Case Back To Fourth Circuit

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The Supreme Court has decided to return the case involving a transgender student’s right to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity to the Fourth Circuit rather than deciding it during this term.

DeVos Criticizes Professors

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DeVos plays to the CPAC crowd, but insults higher education.

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Era Guidelines On Transgender Students

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Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration has revoked guidelines to public schools that required accommodation of transgender students.

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Secretary Of Education After Tie-Breaking Vote By Mike Pence

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Despite two Republican defections, Betsy DeVos was confirmed today as Secretary of Education.

Betsy DeVos Nomination At 50-50 After Two GOP Defections

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The nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education appears to be somewhat imperiled, and would appear to require a tie-breaking vote from Vice-President Pence to make it through the Senate: Betsy DeVos has no votes to spare heading into a looming confirmation vote next week. Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said […]

Crowley’s Dissertation….

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Via Politico:  Trump Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Parts of Her Ph.D. Dissertation. An examination of the dissertation and the sources it cites identified around more than a dozen sections of text that have been lifted, with little to no changes, from other scholarly works without proper attribution. In some instances, Crowley footnoted her source but did […]

The Whitelash Backlash

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So what’s wrong with the Whitelash Backlash thesis?  Not everything, actually.  But plenty.

Rolling Stone Loses Defamation Suit In University Of Virginia Rape Case

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Journalistic malpractice has real consequences.

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Based College Admissions Program

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In a somewhat surprising opinion from Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s race-based admissions program.

Plagiarism Plague in Russia

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Via Slate:  The Craziest Black Market in Russia.  Apparently, a lot of Russians are paying for dissertations: In the past few years alone, there have been credible allegations of dissertation plagiarism made against Russia’s minister of culture, the governor of St. Petersburg, and the head of the country’s top federal investigating authority. Just in the past […]

Federal Government Advises, And Warns, Public Schools On Rights Of Transgender Students

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Begun, the bathroom wars have.

Rigor in Professional Military Education

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My latest for War on The Rocks, “Professional Military Education and the Rigor Problem, has posted.

Some Thoughts on Grades

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More accurately, some thoughts on commentary about higher ed.

Divided Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Affirmative Action In University Admissions

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A divided Supreme Court heard argument today in a case involving affirmative action in college admissions that is before the Court for the second time in two years.

Going To College Is Still The Best Thing To Do For Your Future, Graduating Is Even Better

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Going to or, preferably, graduating from college makes it far more likely you’ll have a job. The numbers don’t lie.

Protests At Princeton May Lead To Admitting Uncomfortable Truths About Woodrow Wilson

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Protests by students at Princeton are causing some people to finally pay attention to some inconvenient truths about America’s 28th President.

The Rug Rat Race

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Paradoxically, the children of affluent parents are less happy than those of the poor.

TCU Opts Out of Texas Campus Carry Law

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Via the DMN:  TCU votes to opt out of campus carry Public colleges and universities have drawn most of the attention in the campus carry debate, since they can’t, under the law, totally opt out. And discussions remain ongoing at those campuses over what kind of gun-free zones might be established. But private schools retained the […]

Missouri Professor Resigns After Not Canceling Exam

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The racial saga at Mizzou has not been solved with the ouster of the president and chancellor.

University Of Virginia Fraternity Files Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone Over Campus Rape Story

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Rolling Stone faces yet another legal headache over last year’s story about a campus rape that never took place.

Racial Tensions Getting Ugly at University of Missouri

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Massive boycotts and protests likely spell the end of Tim Wolfe’s tenure as president.

High School Sexting Scandals The New Normal

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Nude photos of hundreds of students in one Colorado high school are being distributed.

Ben Carson Wants To Turn The Department Of Education Into Thought Police

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Instead of eliminating the Department of Education, Ben Carson wants to give it a new, bizarre, and dangerous mission.

Google Books Wins Fair Use Exception

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Google has won an important copyright challenge, Inside Higher Ed reports: Google’s practice of scanning copyrighted works to turn them into digital resources has once again been ruled a “transformative” example of fair use. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday released its opinion in Authors Guild v. Google, delivering […]

A Question for Sunday

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When may I shoot a student?

Ten Dead, Multiple People Injured, In Shooting On Oregon College Campus

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Up to 13 people are dead and as many 20 injured after another mass shooting on a college campus.

Texas 9th Grader Arrested For Building A Clock

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A Texas 9th Grader named Ahmed Mohammed was arrested because school officials and police refused to believe that the clock he built wasn’t a bomb.

Syllabus Selection Sexism

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International relations prof mostly assign readings by male scholars. Female profs are slightly less likely to do so.

N.L.R.B. Denies Student Athletes’ Bid To Unionize

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The National Labor Relations Board refused to certify an effort by athletes at Northwestern University to unionize.

Donald Trump, Human Bias, and the Art of the Deal

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Tomorrow morning, I teach a seminar on “Perception, Cognition, and Biases” as part of our introductory Think, Decide, and Communicate course. Just in time, Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert and author of several related books, has written two interesting blog posts on how the Donald Trump campaign is brilliantly manipulating bias and other weaknesses in […]

Judge Rules New York Teacher Exam Not Racially Biased

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Kimba Wood has finally found a teacher exam she likes.

Amazing Stat of the Day (U of Phoenix Edition)

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The Daily Beast has a piece on the woes of the University of Phoenix:  Death of a Diploma Mill: University of Phoenix Going Down in Flames? There is a lot to be said about this, but I do not have the time at the moment.  Regardless, I was truly shocked by the following stat: According […]

Supreme Court Agrees To Wade Back Into The Affirmative Action Debate

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The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to wade back into the thorny issue of race and higher education.

California May Be About To Eliminate Most Exemptions For Mandatory Vaccination

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A proposed California law would require all students who attend public school to be vaccinated, with limited exemptions for medical reasons.

Stealing a College Education

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Lee Siegel takes to the NYT to explain “Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans.”

Why is Harvard Subsidized by the Taxpayer?

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A wealthy alumnus has given Harvard $400 million, sparking a heated debate.

New York Teachers’ Exam Ruled Racially Biased

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Being required to demonstrate competency in liberal arts to teach is racially discriminatory, a federal judge has ruled.

And the Hyperbole Prize Goes to…

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…Rod Dreher: A number of you have sent me the Edward Schlosser essay on Vox, headlined, “I’m a Liberal Professor, And My Liberal Students Terrify Me”. It cannot fail to bring to mind the horrors of China’s Cultural Revolution, in which Mao turned the fervor and idealism of students on their professors, creating generational warfare […]

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