The Scandal of Secular Indoctrination (RJS)

The November/December Books and Culture, always worth reading, has an article by Perry Glanzer (whose title I’ve borrowed), reflecting on a book Does God Make a Difference? Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities by Warren Nord.  This book is worth some consideration and conversation. Warren Nord (1946-2010) was the founding director of the interdisciplinary [Read More...]

Why Do Teachers Quit?

From The Atlantic: Richard Ingersoll taught high-school social studies and algebra in both public and private schools for nearly six years before leaving the profession and getting a Ph.D. in sociology. Now a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s education school, he’s spent his career in higher ed searching for answers to one of teaching’s [Read More...]

Public School or Private School?

This study surprised the researcher, will or will not surprise many of us, but the controlling for demographic features just might let loose an avalanche… anyway, here’s a clip: Sarah Theule Lubienski didn’t set out to compare public schools and private schools. A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was studying math [Read More...]

What Will it Measure? That’s the Question!

Alan Kantrow at HBR, on new administrative decisions about education: What do you think the administration should concentrate on in its educational assessments? The world over, the performance of colleges is under fire.  It’s about time that happened, but there should also be serious concerns about the new report cards that are being fashioned for [Read More...]

The Public School Concern

Albert Mohler, Southern Seminary, thinks public school education is increasingly less of an option for evangelical Christians. What do you think? The ideological revolution has been even more damaging than the political change. Those who set educational policy are now overwhelmingly committed to a radically naturalistic and evolutionistic worldview that sees the schools as engines [Read More...]

Should PhDs Teach in Public Schools?

From The Atlantic: American universities award more than 60,000 doctoral degrees every year. However, there are not enough academic jobs for all those graduates. One study asserts that only 41 percent of Ph.D.s will find tenure-track positions. Some studies are slightly more optimistic.  In a report for the academic journal PS, Jennifer Seagal Diascro reported that 49 percent of [Read More...]

Michigan, Affirmative Action and Enrollments

From Ian Millhiser: Seven years after a Michigan ballot initiative prohibited the consideration of race in university admissions, African-American enrollment is way down at the state’s flagship university. Black enrollment declined 30 percent at the University of Michigan’s undergraduate and law schools in Ann Arbor. According to Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr, “[i]n 2006, the last full [Read More...]

MOOCs+ (or Classes + MOOCs) and the MOOC Delusion

From Slate: For a year or two there, free online classes seemed like they just might be the future of higher education. Why, some influential computer scientists wondered, should there be thousands of colleges and universities around the country all teaching the same classes to small groups of students, when you could get one brilliant [Read More...]

Introvert and a Teacher

Excellent article brought to my attention about teachers and introversion: On his third day as a teacher, John Spencer lost his temper entirely. His students were working on a collage project, and the classroom was full of ebullient cutting, gluing and painting. Not wanting to dampen the children’s creativity, Spencer had avoided overburdening them with [Read More...]

What Explains This?

Adjuncts outperform tenured professors in teaching evaluations. From Dan Berrett: Students learned more when their first in­struc­tor in a dis­ci­pline was not on the ten­ure track, as com­pared with those whose in­tro­duc­tory pro­fes­sor was tenured, ac­cord­ing to a new pa­per from Northwestern University. The paper, “Are Ten­ure-Track Professors Bet­ter Teachers?,” was re­leased on Mon­day by the National [Read More...]