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Here is some unsolicited advice for my students. My university, like many I am sure, offer students the opportunity to take a class with a Pass/Fail option (S/F in our university lexicon). The stated reason for this, like all things in education, sounds quite reasonable: to allow students to explore a wider and more challenging array of […]

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My inbox this morning greeted me with two things. First this: University Sets Tuition Rates for 2014-15  Tuition for undergraduates in the College and the Eastman School will be $46,150 in the 2014-15 academic year, a 3.5 percent increase from 2013-14. Read more… Then this: Does Classroom Time Matter?  A Randomized Field Experiment of Hybrid and Traditional […]

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I’m Soooooo Exploited

In my inbox today (I have no idea how it even got to me, by the way, as a grad student at Cornell, they UAW tried to unionize me): Hi Michael –  “Being an adjunct can be an isolating experience.  Our schedules alone discourage interaction with one another.  However, stories I’ve heard from fellow contingent […]

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Readers should be on alert, this is me confirming my biases. I am sure, too, that this research is only the case in Eastern Europe, never could imagine the same result holding here in the good ol’ U.S.S. of A.  I found this interesting in light of last Friday’s post. School, what is it good […]

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Seems to me to actually imply precisely the opposite. You read that correctly. If one wishes to argue that education is a public good, then I think the correct conclusion using the standard textbook tools of economics (that I often disagree with) brings us to recognize that government schooling does NOT follow. How can I argue this? […]

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Now they are coming for the paper towels on campus. The Auxiliary committee wants to install hand dryers in the Sue B and Residential Quad bathrooms to eliminate the need for paper towels in the bathrooms to make residential life less wasteful In addition, check out one of the comments about what freshmen students are […]

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Here on our lovely campus I receive as a front-page feature story in my intranet page: STUDENT was President of STUDENT GROUP last year the dining rep since her freshman year. STUDENT aims to “convert people through food.” Let’s rewrite that. Wintercow was Director of the Classical Liberal Foundation and the Property Rights advocate since […]

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My friend John linked me up to this somewhat unnerving article. Without responding to the claims too harshly, let’s keep in mind some things: Students in almost any discipline learn very little of value while in class. And of what valuable stuff remains, almost none is retained for any considerable point in time. So, even […]

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The K12 educational enterprise (to put it kindly) is certainly one that believes deeply in the civic mission of K12 education. It’s hard to read any publication emanating from the Ed Schools or teacher union establishment that suggests anything to the contrary – or indeed anything that suggests civic values can be promoted by anything […]

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You thought I was going to say something about the battles in DC? Think again. And of course in totally unrelated news, you might want to check out all of the sciency goodness from the former VEEP here, it looks like it’s going to be fun following the mess that is the next IPCC report (I am […]

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