Monthly Archives: March 2017

How recycled water could revolutionise sustainable development

How recycled water could revolutionise sustainable development

By 2025, absolute water scarcity will be a daily reality for an estimated 1.8 billion people. In a world where vital resources are increasingly scarce, nations cannot afford to flush them down the drain. But that is exactly what we do. After we use water in our homes and businesses, it is washed away, and […] … learn more→

25% of College students on (legal) drugs

25% of College students on (legal) drugs

“Are you on drugs?” –common response to an individual exhibiting strange behavior. It seems a fair question to ask most students on campus today. Every day we get to see another example of insanity on campus, and while I usually blame it on the student loan scam, another explanation comes to mind: More than 25 […] … learn more→

Higher Education could benefit from Its own climate change

Higher Education could benefit from Its own climate change

Higher education is misunderstood and struggling financially, but the majority of college and university presidents are increasingly confident that their institutions are financially stable. These seemingly contradictions were found in Inside Higher Education’s annual survey of 706 campus leaders. Let’s set aside the obvious political concerns among presidents about the Trump Administration or the selection […] … learn more→

Grammar schools debate: four key questions answered

Grammar schools debate: four key questions answered

Few subjects generate as much controversy in England as grammar schools do. Advocates uphold them as “a driver of social mobility” with the belief they can provide a ladder of opportunity for poor but able children. Critics on the other hand, see them as socially divisive; the remnants of an outdated system that disproportionately benefits […] … learn more→

Making poetry their own: The evolution of poetry education

Making poetry their own: The evolution of poetry education

The American poet William Stafford was often asked by friends, readers, students and colleagues: When did you become a poet? The response he regularly offered was: “The question isn’t when I became a poet; the question is when other people stopped.” Stafford was articulating what many poets believe: that the roots of poetry (rhythm, form, […] … learn more→

Ever thought of podcasting your research?

Ever thought of podcasting your research?

Over a year ago, I began preparing to launch a podcast called “Research in Action” as part of my full-time job as the research director for Oregon State University Ecampus (it’s available in iTunes and on SoundCloud if you want to check it out). I had never hosted a podcast before, but I was, and […] … learn more→

Sexual equality in schools: how to make rights on paper a daily reality

Sexual equality in schools: how to make rights on paper a daily reality

Sexual minorities – people who identify as, among others, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer LGBTIQ+ – enjoy very few legal protection in Africa. In some countries, “homosexual acts” are criminalised and may even carry the death penalty. South Africa is the only country on the continent that has enshrined the rights of sexual […] … learn more→

Profitable ways to get rid of your old car

Profitable ways to get rid of your old car

A car can seem like a fantastic investment, but you’ll often find that it depreciates quickly in value after you’ve purchased it. Depreciation can cause headaches for owners who are looking to upgrade. You don’t want to have bought a vehicle a few years ago, only to find out that you can’t get any money […] … learn more→

The Campus rape culture protects sportsball

The Campus rape culture protects sportsball

Time and again I’ve covered how the kangaroo campus court system, incredibly vulnerable to corruption, has been corrupted. The vast bulk of the time when I’ve detailed what goes on in this grotesque simulacrum of a legitimate court system, I’ve shown how corrupt administration uses this system in one of two ways. The first way […] … learn more→

Psychology turns to online crowdsourcing to study the mind, but it’s not without its pitfalls

Psychology turns to online crowdsourcing to study the mind, but it’s not without its pitfalls

You may not know this, but a great deal of our data about the human mind is based on a relatively small but intensively studied population: first-year undergraduate university students. There has long been concern about the over-reliance on students as a source of data, particularly around lack of demographic diversity and limited sample sizes. […] … learn more→