Category Archives: Education

A Kerfuffle

Fenster writes: There has been coverage in the right-wing blogosphere/press of a faculty listerv at Brandeis that is held to contain anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rants.  Odd for a school that is the pride of the American Jewish Community?  Perhaps, but … Continue reading

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Web Musings: Addenda

Eddie Pensier writes: A few thoughts on Paleo Retiree’s musings: 1) The language used in pro-critic writing versus enthusiastic-amateur writing can be a tip-off. Jargon (of whatever field we’re talking about) is a sign of familiarity with the topic, but … Continue reading

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Price Gouging in the Academy?

Fenster writes: As Fenster predicted back in 2012, while online education can be conducted at less cost than bricks and mortar versions, universities running online programs are now being charged with price gouging where online is concerned. These days, two … Continue reading

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Whiskey Class Tonight

Paleo Retiree writes: When people ask me what I’m doing with myself in retirement, I like to tell them that I’m getting back to my studies.

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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 I’m fond of pointing out how completely the “sticks and stones” rhyme has been replaced by .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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