Our ‘selfish’ genes contain the seeds of our destruction – but there might be a fix

Our ‘selfish’ genes contain the seeds of our destruction – but there might be a fix

The human race is in so much trouble that it needs to colonise another planet within 100 years or face extinction. So says the physicist Stephen Hawking in an upcoming BBC documentary, Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth. According to Hawking, “with climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly […] … learn more→

Free thinking is a community service

Free thinking is a community service

With many US universities, in recent years, having become full-time academic factories, manufacturing petulant protests and PC meltdowns, is there someone out there who seriously thinks that students today are not focused enough on social justice? The answer, apparently, is a resounding “yes” – and it comes from the core of the educational establishment. Last […] … learn more→

Higher Ed’s tampon socialism follies

Higher Ed’s tampon socialism follies

Yes, the old sage ranting “it’s all crap” or “we have lost our way” is a bit of a cliché, but I honestly have more than just my own experience and opinions…I have evidence. Maybe it’s just a matter of opinion when I say standards have fallen…perhaps my memory (and my old tests) paint an […] … learn more→

5 important Supreme Court cases about education

5 important Supreme Court cases about education

When reading through legal case briefs the chances are you will come across numerous education court cases. There are even terms in the law dictionary that describe different court terminology specifically about education. Read on to find out about some of the more notable cases that changed education as we know it. The Board of […] … learn more→

Academics in ivory towers? It’s time to change the record

Academics in ivory towers? It’s time to change the record

Explaining my work as a director of communications and impact in an academic institution can sometimes prove challenging. A case in point was a recent conversation with a new acquaintance about work that went something along the lines of: “So, what is it you do again. Something about research isn’t it?” To which I replied: […] … learn more→

Climbing back to health after an accident

Climbing back to health after an accident

After a serious accident, you may find yourself wondering where exactly to go next. You may be temporarily or even permanently unable to continue your work as usual. This doesn’t even include your duties at home, with family, or even hobbies that you miss out on. Here are some valuable tips and insight to start […] … learn more→

Trump budget would abandon public education for private choice

Trump budget would abandon public education for private choice

The Trump administration has announced its plan to transform education funding as we know it. The new budget proposal takes aim at a host of elementary, secondary and higher education programs that serve needy students, redirecting those funds toward K-12 school choice in the form of vouchers, tax credits and charter schools. Public schools that […] … learn more→

Hold fast to the values of global scholarship – they are needed more than ever

Hold fast to the values of global scholarship – they are needed more than ever

In his speech at the funeral of the Athenian Dead, Pericles famously said that the bravest are those who, while knowing the full strength of the forces ranged against them, still go out and face them. That they do not “faint beforehand with the meditation of future trouble”. Well, at least we now know what […] … learn more→

Making the most of your conference money

Making the most of your conference money

For an academic, participating in conferences is important for lots of reasons: sharing research and having it critiqued, building networks, identifying collaboration opportunities, and staying up to date with advances in the field. For PhD students there are additional advantages: you can use conferences to make your name known outside your immediate geographical area, potentially […] … learn more→

Teaching students to survive a zombie apocalypse with psychology

Teaching students to survive a zombie apocalypse with psychology

Playing games is ubiquitous across all cultures and time periods – mainly because most people like playing games. Games involve rules, points, systems, as well as a theme or storyline and can be massively fun and engaging. And there is an increasing body of research that shows “gamification” – where other activities are designed to […] … learn more→