Category Archives: Education

How “Liberal” Is the Climate on College Campuses?

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Some interesting comments on the PC university from civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate. I’m fond of pointing out how completely the “sticks and stones” rhyme has been replaced by . . . whatever rhyme is employed by … Continue reading

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Plus Ça Change…

Eddie Pensier writes: It would be unfair to suggest that all universities in the Renaissance were sterile, conformist places; they often hosted vigorous discussion and dissent. But verbal sparring matches (“disputations”) could amount to point-scoring contests decided by nimble rhetoric, … Continue reading

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Solidarity in the Locker Room?

Fenster writes: There has been a lot of ink spilled over the NLRB decision that seems to be opening a door for unionization of college athletics. There are many general summaries of the decision out there.  Here’s one. It’s the … Continue reading

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Politics and Higher Education (Fishes and Bicycles)

Fenster writes: The American Way of Higher Education is a lot more about letting a hundred flowers bloom than the heavy hand of central government.  Certainly we are a lot more freewheeling than China, where the government and the party … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Click on the image to enlarge. Cobb Hall at the University of Chicago Related Don’t miss Fenster’s analysis of Rutgers University here.

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Tragedy is Easy; Planning is Hard

Fenster writes: It helps in planning, as in life, to have a sense of identity.  And I don’t mean “brand”, although in practice branding and identity exercises are often comprised of the same interchangeable BS.  At least in terms of … Continue reading

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1920s Motivational Posters

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Related More information. And more. I scavenged most of these images from auction sites like this one. You can probably get hi-res versions by paying them a visit. Maybe bid on a motivational poster as well.

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First They Came for . . . the Academics??

Fenster writes: One cheer, at best, for Rebecca Shuman’s article in Slate on the issue of budget cuts in the academy.  Shuman fairly criticizes the growth of administration relative to academics in the competition for resources.  A lot of that … Continue reading

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Tricky Teachable Moments

Fenster writes: Here is an article about a college prof getting a reprimand for what for some was a heavy-handed approach to teachable moments about white privilege and racism.  This is tricky territory.   Here, the administration seemed to be … Continue reading

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Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education

Fenster writes: A good book from 2004, first edition: The second edition, 2013, pared down and more to the point:

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