Monthly Archives: July 2016

What to do if herbal remedy doesn’t work

What to do if herbal remedy doesn’t work

Getting sick is never a fun experience, and for most people, neither is the treatment. Most of us are succumbed to drowning ourselves in medications and treatments that are doing more damage to our bodies than good. Think about it. There are so many warnings on medications, especially for children under certain ages, because of […] … learn more→

Don’t stay in school

Don’t stay in school

There is a huge glut of graduate school-graduates who are basically unemployable. Part of the reason for the unemployability of these people is many of these degrees are bogus, either “for profit” degrees purchased online or in fields of no actual demand. Adding to the unemployability of the graduate degree is an undeserved “joker” quality […] … learn more→

Can genes really predict how well you’ll do academically?

Can genes really predict how well you’ll do academically?

Researchers at King’s College London say they are able to predict educational achievement from DNA alone. Using a new type of analysis called a “genome-wide polygenic score”, or GPS, they analysed DNA samples from 3,497 people in the ongoing Twins Early Development Study. They found that people whose DNA had the highest GPS score performed […] … learn more→

Rising players in higher education: the countries to watch out for

Rising players in higher education: the countries to watch out for

A university education is a highly valued commodity in Asia. Australia has benefited from this in terms of the economic advantages international education has brought. In 2015, there were 272,095 higher education international students in Australia who contributed almost A$12.5 billion to the economy. The vast majority were from Asia. They also supported thousands of […] … learn more→

HE reforms: lessons from China and South Africa

HE reforms: lessons from China and South Africa

Having worked in higher education management at the University of Cape Town, the new arrangements in Whitehall do not feel unfamiliar. In South Africa, higher education and vocational skills fall under the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), while the Department of Science and Technology (DST) oversees research and science. A difference is that […] … learn more→

Why Turkey wants to silence its academics

Why Turkey wants to silence its academics

After the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, one of the first actions of the Turkish state and government was to purge thousands of academics and deans from office. In a crackdown that rapidly spread across civil and military services, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the closure of thousands of private schools and many […] … learn more→

All the Olympics are a stage, and all the athletes merely players: the rich history of the modern Games

All the Olympics are a stage, and all the athletes merely players: the rich history of the modern Games

The Olympics transfix us. Six in every ten people in the world – including both you, dear reader, and me – watched the London 2012 Olympics. Use of the word Olympics increased in relative frequency 3,300% between 1924 and 1984. But what are the Olympics to us, how are we to read them socially and […] … learn more→

Separating perks from principles

Separating perks from principles

The ongoing reduction of tenure-track positions at colleges and universities has been news for decades, and advocates for increased tenured positions usually point to rising numbers of administrators and unchecked administrator salaries as the root cause of this reduction and the site for change. I agree wholeheartedly that administrators are overpaid and overabundant, but another […] … learn more→

Professor criticizes transgenderism = fired

Professor criticizes transgenderism = fired

The culture of fear in academia that I wrote about last year is unchanged. You must watch what you say, even watch what you blog, and forever look over your shoulder. The most unforgiveable crime is to say anything remotely critical of our prevailing government ideology of liberal progressivism. Our state schools are consumed with […] … learn more→

Enter the glossators

Enter the glossators

While I was in Canada I got an email from Agnes who is finishing the writing part of her PhD. After some kind words about the blog she got down to business: <p>“… I have a question to you that I could not find an answer to elsewhere. I am now writing up my PhD […] … learn more→