States are favoring school choice at a steep cost to public education

States are favoring school choice at a steep cost to public education

Teacher strikes are generating a healthy focus on how far public education funding has fallen over the past decade. The full explanation, however, goes beyond basic funding cuts. It involves systematic advantages in terms of funding, students and teachers for charter schools and voucher programs as compared to traditional public schools. Increasing public teacher salaries may end the current […] … learn more→

Students must lead the fight for fewer guns on US campuses

Students must lead the fight for fewer guns on US campuses

The United States Bill of Rights grants American citizens numerous freedoms such as those of association, religion and protest. US leaders have notably honoured and guarded James Madison’s prescriptions for this great experiment in democracy. Our courts and representatives have also systematically adjusted the scope of these freedoms to craft a safer and more equitable […] … learn more→

Are the robots coming for our (research) jobs?

Are the robots coming for our (research) jobs?

As a researcher, it can be tempting to ignore the current hysteria about automation. I’ve had a bit of a “not my circus, not my monkeys” attitude myself. Perhaps whole industries will disappear, our taxis will become self driving and our fast food outlets staffed by robots, but research work? I like to think research […] … learn more→

10 clichéd and mind-numbing phrases to chop off your resume

10 clichéd and mind-numbing phrases to chop off your resume

Technology is redefining the global business outlook by reshaping the marketing industry. Scores of thousands of websites go up each day – adding to the number of enterprises that need the services of marketing and ad agencies to weather competition. Consequently, marketing agencies are jostling for a slice of the lucrative opportunities in the industry […] … learn more→

Educators are leveling up through gamification

Educators are leveling up through gamification

Technology has changed nearly every aspect of our lives, including how we communicate, how we entertain ourselves, and, perhaps most importantly, how we learn. While some may frown on how screen-dependent our culture has become, research has shown that students who are interested in computers are more likely to apply themselves and attend school more […] … learn more→

Best ways to conduct a job Search

Best ways to conduct a job Search

The job market is a highly competitive place. In the constant rat race, landing your dream job at the first go seems next to impossible. Most candidates would agree that searching for the perfect job is akin to looking for a needle in a haystack. Even with an impeccable resume, it can sometimes be a […] … learn more→

Academic dialogue reshaped by WhatsApp era

Academic dialogue reshaped by WhatsApp era

Dialogue has been at the heart of learning since Plato’s academy was founded in the 4th century BC. For centuries it has pushed students in higher education to go the extra mile, provoked them into seeing things in new ways and forced them to defend their own ideas. However, the traditional forms of student dialogue have […] … learn more→

PJ Thum’s treatment will dampen Singaporean academics’ willingness to speak out

PJ Thum’s treatment will dampen Singaporean academics’ willingness to speak out

Many governments are debating what to do about the spread of online “fake news”. Singapore is no exception, and it has constituted a parliamentary Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods. Among several academics to make written submissions and to be called to give evidence in a March hearing was Thum Ping Tjin (P. J. Thum), a […] … learn more→

The plight of University Presses

The plight of University Presses

The Kentucky General Assembly recently passed a budget that reduces funding for higher education by 6.25 percent, and will require cuts of as much as $24 million at the two major state universities. Numerous programs may have to be shuttered as a consequence, most likely including the University Press of Kentucky (UPK), which stands to lose its […] … learn more→

Publishers cannot afford to be coy about ethical breaches

Publishers cannot afford to be coy about ethical breaches

There are rising concerns about the reliability of academic research, yet even when papers are retracted, the reasons are often left unexplained. We recently studied 734 peer-reviewed journals in economics and identified 55 papers retracted for reasons other than “accidental duplication” or “administrative error”. Of those, 28 gave no clear indication of whether any questionable […] … learn more→