How To Argue With Teens

NPR reports on interesting research on how to grow a kid’s spine and how to weaken it: Teens should be rewarded when arguing calmly and persuasively and not when they indulge in yelling, whining, threats or insults, he says. In Allen’s study, 157 13-year-olds were videotaped describing their biggest disagreement with their parents. The most [Read More...]

Did NYU Fire a Professor for Giving James Franco a D?

The Guardian: A professor who was fired by New York University has filed a lawsuit claiming he was dismissed for giving celebrity student James Franco a D grade for poor attendance. Dr José Angel Santana, who taught as an assistant arts professor on the actor’s graduate film course, says that Franco – who supplements his acting career [Read More...]

Philosophy Students' GRE Scores (Defending Philosophy 3)

In order to take a step towards vindicating the practical value of concentrating on philosophy as an undergraduate student, below are charts on GRE scores, sorted by the subjects students are expecting to study in graduate school (their “Intended Graduate Major”)*. They demonstrate, through quantitative means, that philosophy really does enhance critical thinking and communication [Read More...]

Retroactive Grade Inflation At Loyola Law School

Last year Loyola Law School in Los Angelas decided to help its struggling graduates get jobs in the current miserable market by improving their grades for them retroactively. Loyola’s Law Dean Victor Gold explained at the time: Last week the faculty approved a proposal to modify the grading system. The change will boost by one [Read More...]

A Call For Submissions From Closeted Religion-Critics In Academia (Or in Goverment, Or In Business, etc.)

I just read Jen’s dispiriting blog post about how she needed to take down a blog post (one I very much liked) because she had to be wary about potential impacts on her relationships in her graduate school department and her potential to work in academia long term. And this reminded me of a plan I [Read More...]

Fighting The Dictionary

Ophelia wrote an insightful, controversial paragraph: Churches don’t do education. Religion doesn’t do education. Churches and religion do religion, which is different from education. Education is what schools do. It is fundamentally secular – it is about the world, and exploring and learning about the world. Like newspapers, like forensics, like medicine, like so many human institutions, [Read More...]

A Long Walk To Water

Ms. White is a middle school teacher at Jefferson Middle School in Champaign, Illinois, with a great idea for an interdisciplinary project that she needs our help to fund since she works in an impoverished school district: My Students: One morning this summer I woke up and began reading “A Long Walk to Water”. An hour [Read More...]

It's Hard To Remember All Your Students

I won’t feel so bad in the future when I can’t remember one of my eighteen hundred or so former students comes up to me and I can’t remember his or her name (though I always remember the face): Dr. Thomas Freeman remembers that moment more than four decades ago in Atlanta when he pointed [Read More...]

What Would Stephen Colbert Do?

The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive   If you’re anything like me, you routinely find yourself in difficult situations in life which require superhuman levels of ironic coolness, intellectual brilliance, quickness of wits, and deep personal goodness and you have to ask yourself, “What Would Stephen Colbert [Read More...]