University free speech debate is really about power

University free speech debate is really about power

The maelstrom that erupted last month at Wilfrid Laurier University has since spread far beyond the campus ground — a teaching assistant opened up a vitriolic free speech debate across Canada by showing a video of a conservative professor who opposes Bill C-16 and refuses to use gender-neutral pronouns. The incident became a national story when the mainstream media uncritically amplified […] … learn more→

5 ways the proposed PROSPER Act could impact students

5 ways the proposed PROSPER Act could impact students

For the first time in nearly a decade, the United States Congress is about to take up legislation to upgrade the Higher Education Act – the federal law that governs how the federal government supports and regulates higher education institutions. The process began earlier this month, when U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican from North […] … learn more→

Scientific peer review: an ineffective and unworthy institution

Scientific peer review: an ineffective and unworthy institution

Given the entirely appropriate degree of respect that science has for data, the ongoing discussion of peer review is often surprisingly data-free and underlain by the implicit assumption that peer review – although in need of improvement – is indispensable. The thing is, the peer review of scientific reports is not only without documented value […] … learn more→

Even West Point is corrupted

Even West Point is corrupted

When I rant about the corruption of higher ed, I’m pretty careful to put some weasel-ly qualifiers: “most” institutions are corrupt, “most” degrees are worthless, “many” administrators are there to plunder the schools, and so on. When I consider those schools which don’t fit the general rule, usually the schools which come to mind are […] … learn more→

How to make website that gains more revenue

How to make website that gains more revenue

Maximizing revenue of an online business is a bit tricky job. Most web design companies prefer a list of requirements of the company before they foray into the design and development of a website. So asking them to focus on the sale will be risky. It is advised to get things done in a systematic […] … learn more→

What to teach your preschooler about internet safety

What to teach your preschooler about internet safety

Fifteen years ago, parents and caregivers did not have to worry about teaching pre-school aged children about internet safety. A new reportprepared for the Children’s Commissioner of England suggests this time has passed. Children now live in a digital age, which means internet access is a daily part of life for many young children around the world. Touchscreen technologies have changed […] … learn more→

How to spot fake news – an expert’s guide for young people

How to spot fake news – an expert’s guide for young people

Every time you go online, people are competing for your attention. Friends, strangers, businesses, political organisations, charities and news websites all serve up a constant stream of eye-catching pictures, videos and articles, wherever you might go looking for information – Google, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or YouTube. But in the race to catch your eye, […] … learn more→

Looking beyond the sandstone: universities reinvent campuses to bring together town and gown

Looking beyond the sandstone: universities reinvent campuses to bring together town and gown

Curtin University has a redevelopment plan to transform 114 hectares of its Bentley campus in Perth into a “city of innovation”. Its stated vision is to provide an “urban context that supports constant exchange between education, research, industry and government … where knowledge and innovation extend beyond buildings”. Also in Perth, the University of Western Australia is heading towards […] … learn more→