Monthly Archives: March 2019

Student loans warping society

Student loans warping society

I’m often asked about the long term effects on our culture from the huge student loan scam. I don’t have a crystal ball, so I have only conjecture, but a recent article from Buzzfeed (bear with me, I’ll be making corrections) tries to address this problem: Jen’s story is like a lot of people’s stories. […] … learn more→

Britain has its first new deep coal mine in decades – a result of pretending climate change isn’t political

Britain has its first new deep coal mine in decades – a result of pretending climate change isn’t political

The UK is widely seen as a climate leader. Its Climate Change Act, which passed into law ten years ago, is the envy of the world. It has targets for carbon reduction enshrined in law, and recently, the government hinted that it would adopt a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (the current target […] … learn more→

Universities must stop relying on software to deal with plagiarism

Universities must stop relying on software to deal with plagiarism

Educational software – whether it’s a teaching aid or a program designed to help teachers with administration – is big business. The recent multi-billion dollar acquisition of Turnitin, a program that is used around the world to flag possible evidence of plagiarism, is further proof of this. But does this application mean that universities are actually dealing with […] … learn more→

We need more teachers of color, so why do we use tests that keep them out of the classroom?

We need more teachers of color, so why do we use tests that keep them out of the classroom?

Students of color seldom see teachers who look like them. This is because many aspiring teachers of color are pushed out of the profession before they have a chance to start. It’s not poor performance in college courses or teaching internships that take the biggest toll. It is the standardized tests aspiring teachers must pass to earn a teaching license. Critics say these […] … learn more→

5 ways summer camp makes a difference – and what to look for in a camp

5 ways summer camp makes a difference – and what to look for in a camp

In popular culture, summer camp is often portrayed as a place where pranks are played, romances unfold and underdogs triumph. Classic summer camp movies such as the 1979 film “Meatballs” or, more recently, the 2012 movie “Moonrise Kingdom,” are just a couple of examples. Movies aside, summer camp can be a meaningful experience that helps kids learn important […] … learn more→

Students, this is how you can stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market

Students, this is how you can stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market

The employment market is saturated with graduates who have good degrees and the right qualifications. So the question on many recruiters’ minds is: what else can this candidate offer? Employers have been reporting a “skills gap” in graduates for a few decades now and there is research to support its existence. Many employer’s feel there isn’t enough […] … learn more→

Yale: White boys should be watched as enemies

Yale: White boys should be watched as enemies

As long as it’s in the news, let’s pick on Yale some more. One of the big problems on campus today is the lockdown to Progressive/Leftist/Cultural Marxist thinking…many departments, many fiefdoms, are filled exclusively with people who hold one particular set of beliefs and, more importantly, will not allow anyone who thinks differently to exist […] … learn more→

To educate about information, being a digital native is not enough

To educate about information, being a digital native is not enough

This Monday, March 18, 2019 begins the thirtieth week of the press at the school, on the theme of “information without borders”. Accompanied by their teachers, students get ready to discover behind-the-scenes newsrooms, set up their own diaries, use microphones and cameras. A highlight in their training in information culture? Enrolled in school curricula and, since 2015, in the […] … learn more→

Student loans and ‘risk-sharing’ – the problem with penalizing colleges when graduates can’t pay

Student loans and ‘risk-sharing’ – the problem with penalizing colleges when graduates can’t pay

When a student borrows money from the government to go to college and then has serious trouble paying it back, should the college be on the hook to help pay back the government? That question lies at the heart of a proposed idea known as “risk-sharing.” The idea is currently being considered by President Donald Trump. […] … learn more→

Mind the gap

Mind the gap

What distinguishes a PhD from an airport novel, a corporate annual report, a parliamentary submission, a comic, or a racy Mills and Boon romance novel? They are all writing genres, but they are all very different. The defining requirement of a PhD is finding, articulating, and filling a research gap (hereafter, The Gap). Without this, the purported thesis […] … learn more→