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Racism and the completely politically correct classics departments – The New Neo. Yesterday I read this article about how requirements of diversity and inclusion are now utterly and completely dominant in classics departments at the university level. This is, of course, not a surprise, because the takeover has been increasing at a seemingly exponential rate recently. Nevertheless, even if you are prepared, it may give you a cold chill to read it. A sample: More and more, it seems, the study of classics—like the study of the humanities generally—has fallen under the spell of grievance warriors who have injected an obsession with race and sexual exoticism into a discipline that, until recently, was mostly innocent of such politicized deformations—largely, we suspect, because of the inherent difficulty of mastering the subject.

(In this sense, classics is different from pseudo-disciplines like women’s studies, black studies, lgbtq studies, and the like, because classics can never be entirely reduced to political posturing. You actually have to know something.) Reading Fuels Empathy. Do Screens Threaten That? Reading changes our brains. Beyond allowing humans to gather and synthesize new information, research shows it is key to cultivating empathy in individuals, too. One study finds this to be particularly true for fictional stories, which allow readers to imagine themselves as other people, in other worlds, with different ideas and challenges. The effects of reading on the brain are also strongly influenced by the medium through which we read. For a long time, that has been print. And so as digital screens begin to take the place of print books in many classrooms and households, researchers are now looking at how that impacts our ability to process information—and empathize with others.

That was the focus of a talk at the Learning and the Brain conference in San Francisco this week delivered by Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the University of California, Los Angeles. It also changes the way we read. Lessons From Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Failures. Learning. It’s Not About Education | Laura Grace Weldon. Learning is a whole experience of mind, body, and self in relation to the world When you pick up an orange you feel its texture and weight in your hand. You breathe in scent emitted by the brightly colored rind. If you’re hungry, you peel and section it to savor piece by piece. A fresh orange has phytonutrients, fiber, minerals, and vitamins that promote health.

And it tastes wonderful. It’s possible to purchase the separate nutritional components of an orange. Imagine being told in your earliest years that pills were superior to food and should replace it as often as possible. Don’t argue. Yet that’s an apt analogy for heavily structured education, where learning is set apart from the threads that connect it to what has meaning and purpose for the learner. For the very youngest children, learning is constant.

Learning is a hunger too. But schooling irrevocably alters the natural process of learning for every single child. Figuring something out is itself a delight. Let children sleep in. 50 Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things | Top Consensus Ranked Innovative Colleges for 2018. Video: Heather Mac Donald on 'The Diversity Delusion' Rebecca Friedrichs Talks Standing Up to Goliath at Goldwater Book Event – In Defense of Liberty. By Rachel McPherson Standing up to a large and powerful union may be a daunting thought to most people. But it’s a fight that California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs has waged and won. In December, the Goldwater Institute hosted Friedrichs for a special Phoenix event to discuss her just-released book Standing Up to Goliath: Battling State and National Teachers’ Unions for the Heart and Soul of Our Kids and Country. In her book, Friedrichs describes how her local union turned its back on students and used dues money to fund political pursuits that she and many other of her fellow teachers disagreed with.

Interviewed by Goldwater Institute Vice President Christina Sandefur, Friedrichs shared many stories from her nearly 30 years of teaching. So she began writing editorials and letters to the editor to expose these issues to the wider community, and before she knew it, she was the lead plaintiff in a case challenging her teachers’ union, argued before the U.S. Like this: Like Loading... How the Academic Left Caricatures the Right as Defenders of the Status Quo. Who's Behind the War on Orthodox Jewish Schools? In 2016, a poll showed Trump beating Hillary Clinton 66% to 22% among Orthodox Jews. This wasn’t as unusual as it sounds.

In New York City, Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods light up as islands in a lefty sea. Romney won over 90% of the vote in some Orthodox Jewish areas. Traditional religious beliefs are associated with conservative politics among Jews the same way that they are among Christians. 60% of Jews who attended weekly religious services disapproved of Obama while those who didn’t, mostly supported him. Why do American Jews lean much more to the left? Because only 11% of American Jews attend weekly synagogue services. Well below the 40% national average. Only 34% of American Jews are certain that they believe in G-d. Last year, Trump’s approval rating among Orthodox Jews was at 71%. Establishment Jewish groups, which suddenly woke up and realized that the majority of Jewish children in New York City were Orthodox Jews, are preparing to fight that future. You Can't Make This Up: A Speech Code that Investigates Students for Discussing the Freedom of Speech.

Why are We Doing this? Cognitive Science and Nondirective Supervision in Clinical Teaching by Serge Martinez. Campus Unrest Is Really About Power, Not Justice. Untitled. Camille Paglia: It’s Time for a New Map of the Gender World. I discovered Camille Paglia’s work when I was pursuing my undergraduate arts education at The University of Adelaide, South Australia, in the early 2000s. I was deeply disillusioned with the courses in my arts degree and their monomaniacal focus on social constructionism, and was looking for criticism of Michel Foucault on the internet. I stumbled across a 1991 op-ed written by Paglia for The New York Times, in which she described the followers of Lacan, Derrida and Foucault, as “fossilized reactionaries,” and “the perfect prophets for the weak, anxious academic personality.”

I was hooked. It wasn’t long before I discovered that my university’s library contained each of her books, including the essay collections Vamps and Tramps and Sex, Art and American Culture. For the final year of my arts degree, (before pursuing my studies in psychology) I spent the bulk of my time at the university reading Paglia in the library. She was like a revelation. But politics cannot fill the gap. Greg Lukianoff on 'The Coddling of the American Mind' I spoke to Lukianoff about what’s changed since the publication of his Atlantic cover story, how parenting contributes to students’ expectations for their education, and the increasingly blurred lines between engaging with ideas and endorsing them. An edited and condensed transcript of our conversation is below. Julie Beck: When you first published “The Coddling of the American Mind” as a magazine piece, did you get different reactions from students, from professors, and from the lay public not currently enrolled or working at universities?

Greg Lukianoff: Definitely. Since we were talking about topics that are very dearly held by some students, trigger warnings in particular. Trigger warnings produced the strongest reaction in the entire article. Instead what we got, to our surprise and delight, was mostly a really good conversation. The protests were usually on racial-justice issues. Beck: In the three years since the article, how have you seen free-speech issues on campus evolve?

How the Other Half Learns: Reorienting an Education System That Fails Most Students. Introduction The president of Amarillo College encounters two young people on a September morning. Alexandra, an 18-year-old woman, reports recently getting clean. Eddie, a 20-year-old man, has spent time in jail. Russell Lowery-Hart knows what they should do next: enroll in his community college, on the spot.[1] His advice is well intended. Even these data paint too rosy a picture. The college dropout is not an outlier in the modern American education landscape. Yet because college completion correlates with better career prospects and higher earnings, the cultural imperative persists to push more people into the college pipeline. Refocusing education reform from an obsession with college to a respect for the other pathways that young people can follow into the labor market will be a long, slow process.

This report proceeds in three parts. I. Each cohort of American students runs a gauntlet of checkpoints on the journey from middle school to life after school. High School Completion II. Untitled. Why Jordan B Peterson Appeals to Me (And I Am on the Left) - Quillette. As a writer who identifies as a leftist, and who sympathizes with Noam Chomsky’s anarcho-syndicalism on a root personal level, I should theoretically be joining the chorus of critics who have decided that Jordan Peterson is a reactionary. In fact, Jordan Peterson has plenty of followers on the left, but watching the media climate surrounding his book release, you’d think he appeals only to the most reactionary, hyper-masculine discontents of the modern world. To be fair to the journalists, it is true that there are two Jordan Petersons. There is the lecturer, who juxtaposes mythological and religious themes with psychology and evolutionary biology, presenting a synthesis of science and religion, and then there is the social media culture warrior.

Watching Peterson’s lectures versus watching snippets of him online, in recent interviews, you are watching two different men. It’s what the digital era does to people – it fragments them. Jordan B Peterson But this is all backwards! Untitled. Commentary: A liberal arts education in Singapore and the usefulness of ‘useless’ knowledge. SINGAPORE: If you were considering a tertiary education ten years ago, your top choices were likely to have been law, accounting or engineering. To many in Singapore and Asia, the purpose of tertiary education is to equip students with technical or other specialised skills that qualify them for a specific job and stable employment.

Universities do more than this, of course, but they typically require early specialisation. The idea of a liberal arts education challenges this view of the importance of vocational preparation. Broad-based and multidisciplinary in approach, it is less closely linked with a defined job path after graduation. Liberal arts colleges, which are based on this approach, are common in the United States.

In 2013, the Ministry of Education made a bold move to offer a new pathway of education for young people in Singapore by establishing a college here that would allow them to pursue a liberal arts education locally. The marketplace knows the value of these qualities. Nationalreview. In the Safe Spaces on Campus, No Jews Allowed. When Arielle Mokhtarzadeh and Ben Rosenberg arrived at University of California, Berkeley on November 6 to attend the annual Students of Color Conference, they had no way of knowing that they would be leaving as victims of anti-Semitism.

The University of California Student Association’s “oldest and largest conference,” the Students of Color Conference (SOCC) has maintained a reputation for 27 years as being a “safe space” where students of color, as well as white progressive allies, can address and discuss issues of structural and cultural inequality on college campuses. Students who attend are encouraged to be cognizant of their language while exploring topics that directly affect students from marginalized communities: the school-to-prison pipeline, sexual violence, decreased funding to ethnic and LGBT studies departments, racially insensitive speech, and perhaps most importantly, a “disquieting trend” of hate crimes on university campuses statewide. I was literally in awe. Schooling Was for the Industrial Era, Unschooling Is for the Future - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world. Our current compulsory schooling model was created at the dawn of the Industrial Age.

As factories replaced farm work and production moved swiftly outside of homes and into the larger marketplace, 19th century American schooling mirrored the factories that most students would ultimately join. The bells and buzzers signaling when students could come and go, the tedium of the work, the straight lines and emphasis on conformity and compliance, the rows of young people sitting passively at desks while obeying their teachers, the teachers obeying the principal, and so on—all of this was designed for factory-style efficiency and order. The Imagination Age The trouble is that we have left the Industrial Era for the Imagination Age, but our mass education system remains fully entrenched in factory-style schooling. By many accounts, mass schooling has become even more restrictive than it was a century ago, consuming more of childhood and adolescence than at any time in our history.

A Bipartisan Case for School Choice. Most of the policy goals that President Donald Trump outlined in his address to Congress are subjects of heated public controversy—many for good reason. But one proposal that should not be controversial is the expansion of school choice programs for low-income families. This proposal should be supported by concerned politicians and citizens across the political spectrum. For conservatives and libertarians, school choice programs are an obvious improvement over a situation in which government-run schools have a monopoly on public educational funding, despite the fact that, on average, private and religious schools consistently outperform public schools on all measures. If private and religious schools serve the public interest in educating children better than public schools do, it is unjust not to allow parents to use public educational funds at those schools.

Liberals should also support school choice for a deeper reason. There is no such thing as a completely value-neutral education. Sexual paranoia on campus – and the professor at the eye of the storm | World news. In March 2015, news reached Laura Kipnis, a high-profile professor who teaches film-making at Northwestern University, Illinois, that a group of students had staged a protest against her in response to an essay she had written in a journal called the Chronicle of Higher Education. She was, to say the least, nonplussed. For one thing, the students had carried with them mattresses and pillows, items that since 2014 have been a symbol of student-on-student assault. (This is due to Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia University student who spent a year dragging a mattress around as a piece of performance art to protest over the university’s ruling in a sexual assault complaint she filed against another student.) Why, Kipnis wondered, had they done this?

Her essay was about new codes in American universities prohibiting professor-student relationships, not sexual assault. The president of Northwestern, Morton Schapiro, said that he would “consider” the students’ petition. She hesitates. Actually, Betsy DeVos is perfectly qualified to be Education Secretary. The major charge against Betsy DeVos—and certainly the one that the writers at “Saturday Night Live” recently ran with—was that she doesn’t know enough about “school” to be Secretary of Education. She hasn’t been a teacher, a principal, or a superintendent. She doesn’t know how to pick a curriculum, evaluate an instructor, or write an Individual Education Plan for students with disabilities. All true. And if she were seeking employment as a teacher, a principal, or a superintendent, that experience gap would be damning.

But she’s not. President Trump selected her to be the U.S. Which isn’t to say that the millions of teachers and parents who flooded social media and the Congressional switchboard to urge her rejection had nothing to worry about. Particularly under Obama’s education secretaries, the feds did indeed stick their noses into curriculum, teacher evaluation, and the intricacies of serving students with disabilities, as well as who can use which restroom.

Watch out, reformers, you're about to get DeVossed. Proven Policies to Fix Failing Schools. The New York Times Gets Everything Wrong in This Article That Falsely Claims Economists Don’t Like School Choice. School Choice Is Just Peachy | Cato @ Liberty. 50 Things You Should Never, Ever Say to Your Kids. Washington Monthly | America’s Worst Colleges. 2016's Most Beautiful College Campuses. That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket. Dewey to Delpit: Let Them FailThe Deprivations of Growing Up Without Messing Up. Dewey to Delpit: The No-Excuses Charter School Movement. A regional look at charter school diversity - AEI | Education Blog. Recognizing Spatial Intelligence. The Paranoid View of History Infects Oberlin. Forbes Welcome. Jobless Grads Who Sued Law Schools Find More Rejection in Court - Law Blog.

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