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Skipping Recess?

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Edwonk reports on this recess controversy:

A Central Texas mom is mad at her son’s school for not letting his fourth grade class out to recess.
“I’m really concerned no only for my son, but also for the other kids who don’t have recess,” says Lina Abad. She says her 9-year-old is hyper-active and not having recess […]

Second Week Down

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

In Mathematical Concepts, we talked a lot about probability. I tried to get students to understand how to figure out what the possible equally likely events were in a number of probability scenarios (coin tosses, dice throwing, card drawing, etc.). I blew one explanation near the end of Tuesday’s class and had to […]

Warren Community College: Now a Lesson in Tolerance?

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Professor Daly has now resigned. As you can see in the comments in my previous post on Warren, I won’t be shedding any tears for him.
However, I’m not sure this is the right response by the college:
President Dr. William Austin made clear that the community college is now reviewing and drafting tolerance policies for […]

Warren Community College: A Lesson in Freedom of Expression

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

When I think how lightly I tread in the classroom and at the university, I’m just blown away by stories like this:
Rebecca Beach, a Warren [Community College in New Jersey] freshman, received a nasty surprise in response to her e-mail to faculty announcing the appearance of decorated Iraq war hero, Lt. Col. Scott Rutter, to […]

Maybe You Should Leave Those Locker Room Speeches to the Coach

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

I’ve been pretty hard on college administrators lately, but I certainly don’t want to be accused of painting with too broad a brush. While some of them have attacked free speech on campus, others have themselves been attacked for their speech.
Case in point: LA City College.

When Steve Maradian gave a talk […]

Bible Studies at UWEC: The Saga Continues

Monday, November 14th, 2005

There has been an epidemic of college administrators making misguided decisions about student rights on their campuses. Robert at brightMystery tipped me off to a story at the University of South Carolina, where some fraternity members have been posting offensive messages about race on a private website. This has led the administration to […]

RAs Leading Bible Studies: The Horror!

Friday, November 4th, 2005

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is reporting on an interesting story out of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (UWEC). Apparently, Resident Assistants have been banned from leading Bible studies in their dorm rooms.
RAs who had been doing so received a notice in July from the Associate Housing […]

Intelligent Design: A Pandemic of Presidential Polemics

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Sorry for the alliterative title — it just sort of popped out as I was thinking of a catchy title. I’m referring to yet another instance of another college president, this time Hunter Rawlings of Cornell, railing against intelligent design.
I think this is the first post I’ve written on ID, so it’s worth stating […]

Academic Echo Chamber: Arizona State and UHouston Edition

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

I was originally following the story of the Arizona State “Native Americans-only” course at FIRE’s website. Essentially, an English Prof there has been offering a composition course that he advertised was available only to Native American students. And he’d been doing this for some time.
Naturally, FIRE wrote to ASU demanding an end to […]

No, really. He’s a college president

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

The President of Swarthmore and his commencement address. I almost don’t know what to say. Other than I agree with Jonah at the Corner, who says: “See if you can find all of the clichĂ©s, non-sequiturs, and bad arguments here.”
Here’s a taste:
Today, moralistic absolutism powers radical Islamic fundamentalism and North Korea’s […]

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