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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 […]

No, College Professors are Not Afraid to Teach Millennials

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One more on this topic.

The Rich Get Richer (High Ed Edition)

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Via Inside Higher Ed:  Does Harvard Need Your Money? It didn’t take long for the criticisms to begin rolling in after Harvard University announced a $400 million donation to its engineering college. The gift was proudly touted by the university as its largest-ever gift, and a significant step toward reaching the towering $6.5 billion fund-raising goal […]

How Many College Students are There in the US?

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Answer:   a lot. For reasons unrelated to my post yesterday I had cause to look up global enrollment figured for US colleges and universities nationwide.  Here are the numbers from National Student Clearinghouse Research Center:   There are reasons that I find it problematic, therefore, to take basically one incident (Kipnis) or even a handful […]

Summing up the Proper Reaction to the Scare over the PC Wave in Academia

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Stanford Professor Keith Humphreys writing at The Reality-Based Community: What we really know from the P.C. anecdotes that are being published is that at least some academics are feeling threatened and silenced. But we don’t know that this is happening any more now than at any other time in history, nor that it’s truly a […]

You Can’t Yell “You Did it Baby” at a Crowded Commencement (?)

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It is an occupational hazard that I have been to far more commencement ceremonies than most people could ever dream of (or have nightmares about) attending.   At every one I have attended it has been asked of the audience that they hold their applause.  At every one I have attended, this request is ignored by […]

Fear and Paranoia in Academia

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I have been reading, mostly in passing, a number of pieces about an alleged new climate on college campuses in which students are raising significant complaints due to difficult or emotionally sensitive material. The latest example did not impress me.

University Of Virginia Dean Files Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone

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The first of what is likely to be many defamation suits related to Rolling Stone’s discredited campus rape story has been filed.

Supreme Court Remains Silent In Case Involving Students Wearing American Flag Shirts

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The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of three students disciplined for wearing American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo

Down Syndrome Teen Stripped of Varsity Letter Jacket

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A sad, complicated story.

Expelling Students From A Public University Over Racist Videos Probably Isn’t Constitutional

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Freedom of speech means freedom for all speech, even when it is racially offensive.

What’s the Matter with Kansas?

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The post title is quite the recurring question, it would seem.

Barely Trained Teachers Just As Good as Education Majors

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Teach For America novices compare favorably to veteran teachers.

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