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  • College Cancels Debate Between Conservative And Liberal because Conservative was participating

    04/16/2016 7:58:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 16, 2016 | Eric Owens
    At the last minute, officials at the State University of New York at New Paltz curtly canceled a planned campus debate between a notable left-wing media critic and a notable right-wing media critic because the right-wing media critic has right-wing views. . . . School officials had blasted out emails promoting the event as late as March 28. Then, on the afternoon of March 30, SUNY New Paltz student activities director Mike Patterson declared that the debate would not occur. "The intended purpose for our community would likely not be achieved," Patterson explained, according to The New Paltz Oracle, the...
  • Professor: Not Being a Red-Head Now a "Privilege"

    10/06/2015 8:31:58 AM PDT · by rightistight · 57 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 10/6/15 | Aurelius
    According to Professor Andrew Pegoda, not being a red-head is now a "privilege." Pegoda teaches at both the University of Houston-Clear Lake and at Alvin Community College. In an article titled "What Acknowledging Privilege Means To Me (and You), or Privilege Explained in 187 Words," Pegoda outlines what it means to acknowledge his "White (and cis-Male) Privilege." Pegoda writes that privilege means "that my accomplishments–or perhaps more accurately, my access and opportunities to have said accomplishments–are due in part (and probably a greater part than even I am able to or even comfortable articulating) to deeply-ingrained, institutional forces fully beyond...
  • UW Professor under fire for tweeting at incoming freshmen

    07/16/2015 1:58:31 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal ^ | 7-16-15 | Karen Herzog
    An outspoken University of Wisconsin-Madison professor is under fire for finding future Badgers on Twitter and allegedly harassing them — as well as for comparing Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler. Sara Goldrick-Rab is a professor of educational policy studies and sociology with a national profile in both her field of research and the ongoing debate over faculty tenure in Wisconsin public universities. ~snip~ Goldrick-Rab acknowledges that she searched Twitter for individuals who identified themselves as future Badgers. The prolific Twitter-user says she wanted to inform them of changes to faculty tenure and shared governance that were about to become part...
  • Courts Find Academics Unexceptional

    05/27/2015 10:43:30 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 26, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    They may be the big men and women on campus but off campus they are just men and women. “The claim of legal status depends on the prior claim that academics are special, even exceptional, and, because exceptional, exempt from the rules and regulations that apply to others,” Stanley Fish writes in his book, Visions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism To Revolution, published last year. “This thesis—I call it academic exceptionalism—has been put forward in the courts, but, more often than not, it has been rejected.” Fish is a professor of law at Florida International University. “The logic of execeptionalism...
  • Professors: US flag symbolizes racism, should not be displayed on campus

    03/11/2015 1:39:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    A group of university professors has signed a letter showing their solidarity with students who tried to ban the American flag at the University of California, Irvine – because they said Old Glory contributes to racism. “U.S. nationalism often contributes to racism and xenophobia, and that the paraphernalia of nationalism is in fact often used to intimidate,” read a letter obtained by the website Campus Reform. Hundreds across the nation have signed the letter – including some U.C. Irvine professors, Campus Reform reported. "We admire the courage of the resolution's supporters amid this environment of political immaturity and threat, and...
  • Governor Walker’s Modest Proposal

    02/09/2015 12:03:36 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 44 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 6, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The governor of Wisconsin has provoked the ire of the higher education establishment in the state by suggesting that professors on the state payroll spend less and work more. "In the future, by not having the limitation of things like shared governance, they might be able to make savings just by asking faculty and staff to consider teaching one more class a semester," Governor Scott Walker told reporters at the Madison hotel. "Things like that could have tremendous impact on making sure we have an affordable education for all of our UW campuses at the same time we maintain a...
  • Harvard bans professors from having sex with undergraduates

    02/06/2015 6:38:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 5, 2015 7:01 PM EST
    Harvard University has instituted a total ban on professors having sex with undergraduate students, strengthening language it said didn’t reflect its expectations on appropriate relationships between faculty members and students. Harvard said in a statement released Thursday the change came as part of a formal review of its policy on Title IX, the federal civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination in education. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences Committee on Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures determined the university’s language on “relationships of unequal status” was not strong enough. …
  • Professors For Pedophilia: Witness this disturbing and growing phenomenon hitting Europe

    07/15/2014 7:18:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/15/2014 | Stephen Brown
    As Christian religious belief declines in Europe, the continent’s pagan heart comes more and more to the fore, and England, is only the latest European country to witness this growing phenomenon. A major pedophilia scandal is currently rocking British society, in which as many as 20 prominent politicians, judges and other members of the British establishment are suspected of having abused children in the 1980s and 1990s as part of a pedophile ring. The victims were among society’s most vulnerable, being mostly boys from state children’s homes. And such abuse, it is suspected, may have been going on for decades....
  • Professors Suddenly Don't Like ObamaCare Either

    06/28/2014 6:03:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Health Reform: After years of singing the praises of universal health care, college professors are now shocked at how badly it has turned out — for them. Adjunct professors are steamed at the way their employers are interpreting the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, which forces them to cover full-time but not part-time workers. Typical of liberals, they blame their employers instead of the job-killing law they supported. Starting Jan. 1, ObamaCare makes employers offer all full-time workers health insurance or pay a fine. In response, hundreds of colleges have simply cut instructors' course loads to dodge coverage. Others are...
  • California university professors unite with convicted terrorists

    06/20/2014 10:59:26 AM PDT · by usalady · 7 replies
    Examiner ^ | June 19, 2014 | Martha
    Taxpayers money was recently used by a delegation of California academics and one labor activist to pay for a unity meeting with convicted terrorists.
  • Administrators Not Created Equal

    05/05/2014 11:10:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 2, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    In The Chronicle of Higher Education, writer Don Troop highlighted the current controversy at the University of Michigan concerning how much the university pays its administrators. At Ann Arbor in 2005, they paid less than $13 million on “additional pay” (i.e. bonuses) to administrators for meeting performance goals or taking on additional duties not in their job descriptions. By 2013, Michigan paid more than $46 million for these kinds of bonuses. michigan football A dozen professors at the university have published their research, including an open letter, on the website, where they call on the Michigan board and incoming...
  • Professors as Petty Tyrants: Education today doesn’t inspire confidence in the modern university.

    04/01/2014 7:31:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/01/2014 | Mona Charen
    The mother of the 16-year-old pro-life demonstrator who suffered a rough confrontation with a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has shown a rare civility — the spirit liberals are forever bemoaning the lack of but rarely exhibit themselves. The event: A small group of pro-life activists visited UCSB to demonstrate against abortion. They bore posters and leaflets and set up their display on the campus’s “free speech zone.” Professor Mireille Miller-Young was offended, no, “triggered,” by the photo of an aborted baby on Thrin Short’s poster. Together with two or three students, the professor grabbed a...
  • The poor neglected gifted child

    03/20/2014 8:33:23 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 89 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 16, 2014 | By Amy Crawford
    In a recent paper, Lubinski and his colleagues caught up with one cohort of 320 people now in their late 30s. At 12, their SAT math or verbal scores had placed them among the top one-100th of 1 percent. Today, many are CEOs, professors at top research universities, transplant surgeons, and successful novelists. That outcome sounds like exactly what you’d imagine should happen: Top young people grow into high-achieving adults. In the education world, the study has provided important new evidence that it really is possible to identify the kids who are likely to become exceptional achievers in the future,...
  • Professoriate’s Self-Proclaimed Neutrality

    02/24/2014 11:45:00 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | February 24, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    With a straight face, professors mostly tell you that they avoid advocacy. “The American Economic Association has never taken a position on any public-policy issue,” Beth McMurthie wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education on February 21, 2014. “The American Political Science Association is thinking about becoming more active.” “And some members of the American Studies Association are wishing their organization were less so. In academe, where every argument quickly finds a counterargument, the role of the disciplinary association in matters of public advocacy is a curious one. Recent, heated debates within the American Studies Association and Modern Language Association...
  • Those Darn Facts: Liberal professor shocked to discover Tea Party smarter than average.

    10/17/2013 5:33:57 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 75 replies
    Cultural Cognition Project ^ | 10/15/2013 | Dan Kahan
    Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School was curious about the relationship between ”science comprehension“ and political outlooks. His findings shocked him: tea party supporters are actually more scientifically literate than the non-tea party population I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension. But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the Tea...
  • MSU Professor William Penn: Republicans “raped this country”,"bunch of dead white people”

    09/13/2013 10:22:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    EXAMINER.COM ^ | Sep 8, 2013
    MSU Professor removed for anti-Republican rants (Video) Education Policies William Penn Michigan State University MSU Professor William Penn was relieved of his duties after an anti-Republican rant. (Campus Reform) Donna Gundle-KriegEducation Examiner September 8, 2013 A creative writing professor at Michigan State University was removed from his classes last week after he made insulting comments about Republicans during a previous class. William Penn, a tenured professor, has received a paid semester-long sabbatical as "punishment" for his rants, but he will continue to draw his $146,510 annual salary. William Penn’s comments, which were videotaped by a Michigan State University student, lasted...
  • College Professors Get What They Asked For in Obamacare, Don't Like It Much

    12/01/2012 8:40:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/01/2012 | Gary Jason
    There is an antique saying -- no less true for its antiquity -- that you need to be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. This came to mind when I read a recent report about what is happening at a Pennsylvania college. One of President Obama's most loyal -- not to say fawning -- constituencies clearly is academia. His rate of support among collegiate faculty and administrators surely approaches near-unanimity on the typical campus. This is why the news about the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is so richly ironic. CCAC has just announced...
  • Inland: 4 Accused of Plotting Attacks on U.S. Bases

    11/20/2012 1:05:26 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies - THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE ^ | November 19, 2012, 10:16 pm | by John Asbury
    SNIPPET: "They are: Soheil Omar Kabir, 34, a Pomona man who is an American citizen from Afghanistan; Ralph Deleon, 23, an Ontario man who was born in the Philippines; Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, an Upland man who was born in Mexico and whose was U.S. citizenship was pending; and Arifeen David Gojali, 21, of Riverside." SNIPPET: "The three men followed the essays of the now-deceased al-Qaida leader Anwar Al-Awlaqi, who led terrorist operations in the Arabian Peninsula." SNIPPET: "Santana and Deleon told the plot to a confidential informant working for the FBI, according to the complaint." SNIPPET: "In order...
  • (Vanity) Twenty-Five Things I'd Most Like To Say To A Student In A Liberal University

    11/15/2012 5:02:54 PM PST · by danielmryan · 15 replies
    My ruminating | November 15, 2012 | D.M. Ryan
    "When you hear a group of people described as 'bigoted,' 'prejudiced', 'haters' or something similar, you would be wise to ask a test question. Raise your hand and ask, 'Bigotry has been generally frowned upon for decades. Clearly, bigotry is not in anyone's self-interest. So why would these people be bigoted if it's clearly against their interest?' Consider the response you get. Is it a plain or cleverly-constructed dismissal out of hand? Even if laced with pity? But what you should watch out for is verbal hostility. If you hear hostile words, even if expressed engagingly, avoid that person....
  • Campaign donations from university employees went overwhelmingly to Obama

    11/14/2012 3:05:25 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 10 replies
    Four of the top ten organizations whose staff donated to President Obama’s reelection campaign were universities, data released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) reveals. The University of California (UC) represented the single largest employee group to donate to President Obama’s campaign in 2012, funneling $1,092,906 to assist the President in his bid to gain reelection. That number includes the university’s PACs, individual members or employees, and employee’s immediate families.
  • "The New Leviathan: HOW LEFT-WING MONEY ... SHAPES American Politics & THREATENS America's Future"

    07/09/2012 3:13:45 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 3 replies
    C SPAN 2 Book TV ^ | June 22, 2012 | David Horowitz
    "The New Leviathan:""How the Left-Wing Money-Machine Shapes American Politics""and Threatens America's Future" By David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin David Horowitz contends that tax-exempt organizations of the political left,who present themselves are more aligned with the concerns of the poor and working class than conservative groups and the Republican Party, have assets over 100 hundred billion dollars and outspend conservatives seven to one. The author argues that the Left has used their finances to promote a progressive agenda that has transformed the political landscape. David Horowitz speaks at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles.
  • Professors attack conservatives, kiss up to Occupy WS

    11/29/2011 9:15:00 PM PST · by Edmunds mom · 7 replies ^ | 11/26/2011 | Scott Walter
    The American Association of University Professors recently provided a vivid example of ideological tilt in its gushing endorsement of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Who knew that mobs of misfits soiling public parks and making incoherent demands were essentially the same as learned professors? For evidence higher ed. dollars aren’t always well spent, listen to recent college graduates in Occupy Wall Street try to form a sentence, or see how seniors at Duke know less high school civics than Duke freshmen.
  • Outspoken Education Site Celebrates 6th Birthday, Urges Americans To Demand More From Public Schools

    10/06/2011 12:29:03 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies
    FreePressRelease ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Summary: is a unique education site, with 62 lively articles on a range of intellectual topics. A major focus is explaining why public schools are mediocre and how we can do better. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA ( October 5, 2011 --“Explaining how American education can succeed is the main mission of,” says Bruce Price, founder of the site. “Once we understand what went wrong, then we can fix it. Truth is, most of our problems are the direct result of using flawed theories and methods.” “Here’s my fairly depressing conclusion. Our Education Establishment pretends to be...
  • Professors Offer $11,000 for Proving Bachmann's HPV Vaccine Story

    09/20/2011 9:22:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Two bioethics professors have said that they are willing to pay $11,000 for medical records that could prove that the story Rep. Michele Bachmann told about the toxicity of HPV vaccine, after Monday night's GOP presidential debate, is true. Bachmann first raised the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine issue during the presidential debate, attacking Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who issued an executive order in 2007 mandating that girls get the HPV vaccine as part of a school immunization requirement. She questioned the state's authority to force "innocent little 12-year-old girls" to have a "government injection" that was "potentially dangerous." The following...

    09/06/2011 5:39:30 AM PDT · by shortstop · 7 replies ^ | 09/06/11 | Bob Lonsberry
    Over the weekend, a convention of political scientists met in Seattle. The idiots. The last weekend of summer, all of America celebrating a holiday, and they schedule a meeting. At which, it seems, their prime purpose was to provide political fodder against the tea party. A genuine social phenomenon occurs in our day, it impacts American elections, and those who presumably study such things are so wedded to partisan objective that they don’t study it, they propagandize against it. They are an echo of so-called weather scientists who, living through a global warming cycle, do not study it, but seek...
  • Fat City (life of a sociology professor)

    06/07/2011 6:24:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 30, 2011 | DAVID RUBINSTEIN
    After 34 years of teaching sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I recently retired at age 64 at 80 percent of my pay for life. This calculation was based on a salary spiked by summer teaching, and since I no longer pay into the retirement fund, I now receive significantly more than when I “worked.” But that’s not all: There’s a generous health insurance plan, a guaranteed 3 percent annual cost of living increase, and a few other perquisites. Having overinvested in my retirement annuity, I received a fat refund and—when it rains, it pours—another for unused sick...
  • Justice put him in prison, now justice is his mission (UW-O professor killed wife/mother-in-law)

    05/04/2011 1:52:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Columbia Missourian ^ | August 8, 2004 | India Williams
    ".....From 1977 to 1990, Lenza served time in Missouri’s State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, also called “The Walls.” He was convicted of murder in 1975 after confessing to killing his first wife and mother-in-law, putting his mother-in-law’s body in a barrel and throwing the barrel into the Mississippi River....."
  • Holocaust Denial From U.S. Professors: Academic Freedom?

    12/01/2010 8:53:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    pajamas media ^ | 12/1/10 | Alex Joffe
    Professor Kaukab Siddique of Lincoln University thinks the Jews have "taken over America" by "devious and immoral means. What are the limits to academic discourse? Are lies and calumnies from academics protected speech outside the classroom, as well as inside? Does “protected” mean immune from criticism or from direct consequences? Are there distinctions between statements made within one’s “field of expertise” and those made outside? When do such distinctions become hairsplitting rationalizations or mere defensiveness, as opposed to valuable exercises in reasoning and in defense of a noble enterprise? Consider the case of Kaukab Siddique, professor of literature and communications...
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewpid and the coercion of American youth

    10/28/2010 9:46:15 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 11 replies
    The Battalion ^ | October 28th, 2010 | Taylor Wolken
    Access to accurate and reliable information is vital to a functioning, free society. Media and education have historically been key sources for American ideals to be tested through rigorous debate and thoughtful dialogue. When it comes to youth in America, these institutions are failing. A study by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture which surveyed 32 universities found 1,397 professors registered democrat while only 134 registered republican. 1,891 were unaffiliated. College is the incubator for young minds to grow and develop but with such lopsided bias among teachers, indoctrination is inevitable. Coddling young minds with such bias before...
  • Cash Cow of Compassion

    08/24/2010 7:33:46 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 24, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The last redoubt of concern for the common man is ridiculously awash in the cash that keeps eluding the object of its affections but then, maybe that’s where it comes from. The Almanac of Higher Education shows us that colleges and universities took in about a trillion dollars this year and spent roughly that amount. Most of these institutions have multi-million dollar endowments, even some community colleges. Most parents do not. Professors make about $100,000 a year with tenure while the untenured lecturers and associates range between $45-80,000 a year. Ironically, this is where most share-the- wealth schemes originate. The...
  • Climategate U-turn: Astonishment as scientist at centre of global warming email row admits vital...

    02/13/2010 6:46:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 90 replies · 2,429+ views ^ | 13th February 2010 | Jonathan Petre
    Astonishment as scientist at centre of global warming email row admits vital data was not well organised The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information. Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers. Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper...
  • Law Professors Snubbed U.S. Northern Command

    10/16/2009 9:32:40 PM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 2 replies · 631+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 10-16-09 | Bob McCarty
    During an appearance as the guest speaker at the Oct. 8 meeting of The World Affairs Council of San Antonio, Jeffrey F. Addicott told the story of what happened after U.S. Northern Command issued a plea for help to professors serving at the nation’s 200 law schools: Only one professor replied. Addicott.
  • The Public Eye: Some UC profs plan walkout over furlough restriction

    09/07/2009 1:00:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 742+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Sep. 6, 2009
    Talk about rolling out the welcome mat for new students. Some University of California professors are so peeved that UC's Office of the President has forbidden them from taking furloughs on teaching days that they're planning to walk out on their classes later this month. The date they've chosen - Sept. 24 - is the first day of class at several UC campuses, including UC Davis. Professors advocating for the walkout say they can make political inroads by forcing students to feel the impact of budget cuts prompting the furloughs. "Instructional furloughs pressure the state to cease defunding the UC...
  • Stand Up, Speak Out, Grab the Chalk... Whatever it Takes

    09/02/2009 10:32:22 AM PDT · by CMoran325 · 3 replies · 638+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | Sept 2, 2009 | Colette Moran
    We all know we should be wary of viral videos and forwarded emails or messages -- well, everyone except my dad, unfortunately. (Love you Dad, but you have to be more discerning!) It often turns out that the info imparted is not entirely accurate, if at all.So here's the latest video that was passed on to me by a friend: As someone who would have loved to have been that student, and fully believes we should never fear  standing up -- I have to report that according to Snopes (yes, I know they're left-leaning, but they're pretty reliable although the snarky...
  • US professors: Support for Israel eroded

    07/02/2009 8:48:24 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 350+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun 29, 2009 | ABE SELIG
    Unwavering support for Israeli policy has eroded dramatically both on American college campuses and within the United States as a whole, according to a group of American university professors who on Sunday concluded an academic exchange program here, sponsored by the Yitzhak Rabin Center. "The project had been planned for eight months and this is the first group of political science professors to arrive here from America," said Dalia Rabin, daughter of the late prime minister and director of the Rabin Center. "The goal, which I think we accomplished, was to show them the complexities of the issues facing Israel,...
  • The Publishable Perishable Professoriat

    03/31/2009 10:18:43 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 240+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 31, 2009 | Daniel Allen
    The Publishable Perishable Professoriat by: Daniel Allen, March 31, 2009 The University: An institution for research and scholarship, or an academy for advanced teaching and learning? The best represent both worlds, but worrying trends indicate that undergraduate students are suffering because teachers must devote their attention to inconsequential research rather than the learning of students in the developmental phase of their education. A study, sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), shows how teachers must focus on research in order to keep their careers, which creates a tradition of neglect toward undergraduates. The study was conducted by Mark Bauerlein of...
  • For first time, U.S. professors call for academic and cultural boycott of Israel

    01/29/2009 1:55:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies · 1,040+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 1-29-09 | Raphael Ahren
    In the wake of Operation Cast Lead, a group of American university professors has for the first time launched a national campaign calling for an academic and cultural boycott of Israel. While Israeli academics have grown used to such news from Great Britain, where anti-Israel groups several times attempted to establish academic boycotts, the formation of the United States movement marks the first time that a national academic boycott movement has come out of America. Israeli professors are not sure yet how big of an impact the one-week-old movement will have, but started discussing the significance of and possible counteractions...
  • Sociology Prof's Solution To Detroit Meltdown: Unionize Toyota!

    12/06/2008 4:49:01 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 64 replies · 1,827+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Only a professor, preferably a sociology professor, one with way too much time on his hands, could have come up with this one. His solution to the Detroit crisis that has the Big Three automakers on the brink of bye-bye? Unionize their foreign competitors manufacturing in the USA! Now why didn't we think of that? Because we're not Jonathan Cutler, associate professor of sociology at Wesleyan University. His solution in a nutshell, contained in his Los Angeles Times column of today [emphasis added]: "[N]ot to tear down the historic and heroic gains won by prior generations of UAW workers. If...
  • CU profs say rules born during controversy need to be scrapped ( Ward Churchill mentioned )

    12/02/2008 9:08:23 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies · 622+ views
    daily camera ^ | December 1, 2008 | Brittany Anas
    Some University of Colorado faculty members say they’re saddled by useless rules, and they want school leaders to abandon mandatory information-technology training, tight alcohol policies and an extra layer of tenure review. Members of the Boulder Faculty Assembly’s executive committee on Monday signaled their support for a report that recommends the university revise, or scrap altogether, a batch of its rules — some that came about in the aftermath of controversy and during former CU President Hank Brown’s tenure. When President Bruce Benson went through a vetting process last spring before he was hired, CU employees repeatedly told him in...
  • Professors For Terrorism?

    10/22/2008 8:17:03 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 2 replies · 254+ views
    fitsnews ^ | October 22, 2008
    We’ll admit it, for being such a leading conservative blog in a red-as-hell Southern state, we haven’t gotten as riled up about the whole Bill Ayers-Barack Obama controversy as we probably should have. Part of our initial disinterest was undoubtedly due to our complete and total lack of enthusiasm for either of the major party candidates in the current U.S. Presidential election, which is the context for Ayers becoming a most undeserving 15-minute celebrity. Given their shared aversion to the market principles on which this nation was built, we frankly want nothing to do with either Barack Obama or John...
  • CA: 400 UC professors and staffers object to Schwarzenegger veto

    10/16/2008 9:11:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 399+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/16/08 | Patrick McGreevy and Larry Gordon
    More than 400 university professors and academic staff have sent a letter of protest to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, objecting to his veto last month of $5.4 million for a University of California labor research program and asking that the money be restored. At a time when unemployment in California is reaching a level not seen in decades, the letter said, the governor's action appears to be politically motivated and an excuse to ax a program his fellow Republicans have sought to kill. Its critics have said it is too close to unions. "It violates the basic principle of the freedom...
  • The trouble with Friedman

    08/10/2008 8:03:42 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 17 replies · 177+ views
    The Economist ^ | 8-7-2008
    At the University of Chicago no man looms larger than Milton Friedman, the Nobel laureate who led the “Chicago school” of economics and who died in 2006. When the university announced plans for a $200m economics institute in May, it seemed fitting that the centre should be named after him. But a small war broke out. On June 6th more than 100 faculty members wrote to the university’s president to protest against the institute. Armed with academia’s common weapons, indignation and verbosity, they said they were all “disturbed by the ideological and disciplinary preference implied by the university’s massive support...
  • The ’60s Begin to Fade as Liberal Professors Retire

    07/03/2008 4:43:43 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 25 replies · 78+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3 July 2008 | PATRICIA COHEN
    ...Baby boomers, hired in large numbers during a huge expansion in higher education that continued into the ’70s, are being replaced by younger professors who many of the nearly 50 academics interviewed by The New York Times believe are different from their predecessors — less ideologically polarized and more politically moderate ...Solon Simmons at George Mason University found that the notion of a generational divide is more than a glancing impression. “Self-described liberals are most common within the ranks of those professors aged 50-64, who were teenagers or young adults in the 1960s,” they wrote, making up just under 50...
  • Duke professors challenge term "miles per gallon"

    06/19/2008 11:50:26 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 103 replies · 554+ views
    The News & Observer (NC) ^ | June 19, 2008 | Eric Ferreri
    Some Duke professors are challenging the conventional "miles per gallon" terminology employed by the automobile industry. Researchers with Duke's Fuqua School of Business say that posting a vehicle's fuel efficiency in "gallons per mile" rather than "miles per gallon" would help motorists make better decisions when buying a new car. The study will appear in the June 20 issue of Science magazine. It was inspired by a debate professors Richard Larrick and Jack Soll had while carpooling in a hybrid car, according to a Duke press release. The two management professors ran experiments showing current "miles per gallon" terminology led...
  • Historians Write Off Bush's Presidency

    05/22/2008 5:04:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies · 204+ views ^ | May 22, 2008 | Larry Elder
    One hundred nine historians already nearly unanimously agree. They call the presidency of George W. Bush a "failure." The History News Network (HNN), who polled the historians, failed to name them or where they work. Wonder why? American Enterprise magazine, in 2002, examined voter registrations to determine the political affiliations of humanities professors at an assortment of colleges and universities, public and private, big and small, located in the North, South, East and West. Of those registered with a political party -- and most were -- historians overwhelmingly belong to a "party of the left" (Democratic, Green or Working Families...
  • AP: 'Fearless' Liberalism of Franken Primary Opponent

    05/11/2008 3:13:57 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies · 105+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is a college professor with a long history of political activism and fearless liberalism.—AP, 5-11-08, profile of candidate for Minn. Dem primary nomination [emphasis added]. Fearless liberalism? Fearless? It's fearless for an American college professor to be a big-time liberal? Give me a fearless break! Yet that's how the AP described the predictably left-wing politics of the man challenging Al Franken for the right to challenge Republican Norm Coleman for his seat in the US Senate. Among Nelson-Pallmeyer's positions: * opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances * suppport nationwide legalization of same-sex marriages * favors a...
  • NSU professor loses job in dispute over grades

    05/05/2008 6:18:42 PM PDT · by brwnsuga · 67 replies · 215+ views ^ | May 4, 2008 | Bill Sizemore
    NORFOLK At the end of this semester, Steven Aird will lose his job as an associate professor of biology at Norfolk State University for giving out too many F's. He is not going quietly. Aird says his termination is part of a dumbing-down of academic standards at NSU - a move by administrators to intimidate faculty members into passing undeserving students and rewarding inferior work. Other faculty members in NSU's School of Science and Technology say they, too, have experienced pressure to bend their standards to pass more students, and more than a dozen current and former students in the...
  • That Book Costs How Much?

    04/26/2008 8:36:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 65 replies · 250+ views
    New York Times ^ | 04/25/2008 | editorial
    College students and their families are rightly outraged about the bankrupting costs of textbooks that have nearly tripled since the 1980s, mainly because of marginally useful CD-ROMs and other supplements. A bill pending in Congress would require publishers to sell “unbundled” versions of the books — minus the pricey add-ons. Even more important, it would require publishers to reveal book prices in marketing material so that professors could choose less-expensive titles. The bill is a good first step. But colleges and universities will need to embrace new methods of textbook development and distribution if they want to rein in runaway...
  • Prof to Student: Keep the Faith, Lose the Grade(More anti-religion)

    04/13/2008 6:13:13 AM PDT · by kellynla · 28 replies · 110+ views ^ | April 11, 2008 | staff
    A community college in New York has been presented with a demand letter from the American Center for Law and Justice to halt a professor's classroom practices that allegedly have damaged at least one student – so far. The letter from the ACLJ targets Suffolk County Community College and will be the prelude to a federal lawsuit if the issue isn't resolved, the organization said. At issue is a professor's demand that students "change their own personal viewpoints or state that they are unsure of whether their own personal beliefs are correct" on religious issues, according to the letter. That...
  • Professors don't rub off politics on their students

    04/04/2008 8:50:22 AM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 48 replies · 50+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 3/28/08
    Conservatives complain that college professors lean left when it comes to politics — and the data mostly show that's true. But new research suggests the personal politics of academics have little effect on what their students think. The research, to be published this year in the journal PS: Political Science and Politics, analyzes separate surveys on the attitudes of about 6,800 students at 38 universities and how they changed between their freshman and senior years. Then it examines whether those results are affected by the political attitudes of the faculty at their particular schools. The short answer is no, according...