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  • Grand Jury Report On Penn State Hazing Finds 'Indignities And Depravities'

    12/16/2017 6:29:10 AM PST · by Oak Leafer · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 12-15-17 | CAMILA DOMONOSKE
    Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET A grand jury tasked with investigating broad issues of hazing at Penn State has issued a blistering report asserting that leaders at the university were well aware of pervasive misbehavior in the Greek system and failed to take action. Penn State, responding in court, said that the university has "shown an unwavering commitment to promoting safety and accountability" and that alcohol abuse at college is a "national problem," not a university-specific one. The report, made public by the Centre County, Pa., District Attorney's Office, was released after the death of 19-year-old fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza...
  • Religious schools, homeschoolers to get a boost in GOP tax plan, thanks to Ted Cruz and Mike Pence

    12/16/2017 4:12:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 26, 2017 | Joseph Lawler
    Parents would get new federal tax breaks for sending their children to private or religious schools or teaching them at home if the final Republican tax overhaul bill becomes law. For that, they can thank Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who offered the original amendment to extend 529 college savings plans to grade school and high school, including costs for homeschooling.
  • Tax plan's proposed expansion of education savings is a game changer

    12/14/2017 10:54:26 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | DEC 11, 2017 | Drew White
    Last week, the Senate passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, paving the way for a conference with the House. Congress is now preparing to iron out the details between the two bodies. That includes the late inclusion of an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would expand 529 savings accounts to incorporate K-12 expenses. Should this provision make it out of the conference report and to the president’s desk, its impact would be both far-reaching and immensely consequential. Under current law, 529 savings accounts are tax-advantaged investments in the Internal Revenue Code used for college...
  • Professor lashes out at valueless higher ed in liberal magazine

    12/11/2017 11:46:38 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 11, 2017 | Brendan Pringle
    Conservative news outlets have been vocal in their skepticism toward colleges and universities while the liberal media has remained complicit in their overall approval. Now, as a more progressive generation of millennials finds itself increasingly unemployed or underemployed, it seems as though the left might be turning against academia. Last week, the Atlantic, one of the Left’s longest-enduring supporters, published a blistering critique of today’s college system from a tenured George Mason University professor. In the article, Bryan Caplan, a libertarian-leaning professor, decries higher education as “wasteful” and “irrelevant.” Caplan brilliantly points out what employers have known for years. “[D]espite...
  • Schools, Like Government, Are Best in Small Packages

    12/08/2017 10:52:48 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 09, 2017 | Teresa Mull
    It’s nearing Christmas, and everyone knows the best gifts come in small packages. The same can be said of government and of schools, too. Micro-schools are an emerging trend of what Education Next defines as ““one-room schoolhouse meets blended learning and home schooling meets private schooling.”.” According to EdWeek, ““The definition of a micro school is still being hammered out,, but a consensus seems to be coalescing around a few core details: Schools have no more than 150 students in grades K-12; multiple ages learn together in a single classroom; teachers act more as guides than lecturers; there’s a heavy...
  • The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone

    12/08/2017 4:46:13 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 48 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2017-12-07 | Bryan Caplan
    I have been in school for more than 40 years. First preschool...Thanks to tenure, I have a dream job for life...Yet a lifetime of experience, plus a quarter century of reading and reflection, has convinced me that it is a big waste of time and money.... How, you may ask, can anyone call higher education wasteful...those with a bachelor’s degree earn, on average, 73 percent more than those who have only a high-school diploma, up from about 50 percent in the late 1970s. The key issue, however, isn’t whether college pays, but why.... Educators teach what they know—and most have...
  • New Trial for Self Defense, School Shooting at NAU

    12/07/2017 9:36:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 5 December, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 18 October, 2015, an 18-year-old student, Steven Jones, was attacked by a drunken mob of fraternity members. One member ran up to Jones and sucker punched him. Jones two friends were on the ground defending themselves. Jones ran to his car and retrieved a legally owned pistol. At least one of the fraternity member ran at Jones, who fired, killing one and wounding two others. The incident was initially characterized as a school shooting. Jones cooperated with authorities.  They charged him with first-degree murder.As more evidence became available, it was learned that everyone Jones shot was legally intoxicated with...
  • Georgetown's Middle East Bridge to Nowhere

    12/07/2017 6:40:44 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 7, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Georgetown, amid years of reports that its Middle East Studies were compromised by apologists for violent extremists, if not outright terrorists, has, if anything, doubled down on its approach. "Breaking news on the discipline of Middle East studies is seldom kind to Georgetown University," a report from Campus Watch notes. "In July 2017 came word that the Bridge Initiative of the Saudi-funded Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) had hired former Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) national legal director Arsalan Iftikhar as a senior research fellow." "With the appointment, Bridge/ACMCU has effectively become a branch of...
  • 'Jeopardy!’ winner charged with computer crimes in Michigan

    12/07/2017 3:46:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Wish TV ^ | 12/07/17
    ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — Cyber shenanigans for 200? A former “Jeopardy!” winner has been charged with illegally accessing co-workers’ email accounts at a small Michigan college. Stephanie Jass is a former history professor at Adrian College. She appeared in Lenawee County court on Tuesday, charged with unauthorized access to a computer and using a computer to commit a crime.
  • Law Professor Requires Students to 'Cluck Like a Chicken' if They Say 'I Feel'

    12/06/2017 10:46:14 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-06-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    Adam J. MacLeod, associate professor of law at the Jones School of Law (Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama), has completely had it with overly sensitive Millennials and Gen Z students who use their "feelings" as supposedly valid arguments against "the wisdom of the ages." If they want to take his classes, he writes in the New Boston Post, they'd better be prepared to use logic. If they don't, he'll make his touchy-feely students "cluck like a chicken." In the column, MacLeod quotes from a speech he recently gave. In it, he truly wipes the floor with the "education" Millennials' and...
  • VIDEO: Professor Walter E. Williams on "Education Rot"

    12/06/2017 11:19:32 AM PST · by impetrio1 · 6 replies
    American Civil Rights Union ^ | 12/6/17 | Walter Williams
    ACRU Policy Board member Walter Williams explains that black students all too often are given “fraudulent diplomas” from failing school systems like that in Baltimore, where in 13 of 39 schools, not one single student tested “proficient” in math. His solution is to “break the education monopoly” with school choice, vouchers, tuition tax credits and charter schools.
  • I have to reinvent myself (Vanity)

    12/06/2017 10:23:53 AM PST · by thescourged1 · 74 replies
    12/6/2017 | thescourged1
    I need some advice. I'm unable to continue on in my current occupation in warehousing and storage. I've been doing it for many years, but now my knees are so shot that I can't even do light labor comfortably or stand for very long. I have a friend who is a vocational rehab counselor that can get me set up with a ticket to ride on an education to get into a field that is more compatible with my physical problems. What makes it all the more thought-provoking, is that I just turned 50. That's not old, but old enough...
  • Groupthink in Academia: The Will to Submit

    12/05/2017 9:58:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2017 | Jack Kerwick
    “Groupthink” is a phenomenon that social psychologists know well.  It was in 1972 that Irving Janis first coined the term, and since this time the concept of groupthink has been applied to the study of decision-making in various contexts.However, all too rarely have scholars analyzed academia in terms of groupthink.  Yet there can be no question that contemporary academics at most universities and colleges throughout America (and beyond) are at least as much as and, truth be told, probably much more so than anyone else under the spell of Groupthink.I have been teaching philosophy for the last 18 years.  I...
  • Teaching Students How to Cheat — and Fail

    12/02/2017 9:23:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2017 | Paul Jacob
    No one seems especially shocked. Last week on WAMU, the National Public Radio affiliate that broke the story, the Washington Post’s Robert McCartney called it “fraudulent” and “a terrible embarrassment.” But he quickly added, “It shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, though, to anybody who has been following District schools for any length of time.” In an analysis for the Post, Valerie Strauss concluded, “It is, unfortunately, familiar.” The “it” involves Ballou High School, described as “a historically troubled school serving some of the city’s most disadvantaged students in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.” However, earlier this year...
  • Republicans proposing revamp of federal student aid programs

    12/01/2017 6:43:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 1, 2017 7:38 PM EST
    House Republicans are proposing to revamp federal student loan programs by putting caps on how much students and parents can borrow even as they call for simplifying the application process. The student aid provisions are part of a massive rewrite of higher education legislation introduced by Republican Reps. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, chair of the House Committee on Education, and Brett Guthrie of Kentucky, chairman of the panel’s higher education subcommittee. “Unfortunately, today’s chaotic maze of federal aid programs, requirements and red tape has driven up college costs and made pursuing and finishing a postsecondary education unworkable for far...
  • Texas State newspaper fires student author of anti-white column

    12/01/2017 9:58:16 AM PST · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2017 | Joe Concha
    A columnist at Texas State University's student newspaper was fired Thursday after authoring an anti-white "Your DNA is an abomination" opinion piece that resulted in major blowback on campus including demands for editors to step down. “Ontologically speaking, white death will mean liberation for all … accept this death as the first step toward defining yourself as something other than the oppressor,” Rudy Martinez wrote in the column published Tuesday in "The University Star." “Until then, remember this: I hate you because you shouldn’t exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all...
  • Free Speech Win For Pro-Life Students In California

    11/30/2017 12:13:14 PM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 30, 2017 | Leigh Jones
    (WNS)–A pro-life student group at Fresno State University won its fight this month against a professor who told a student she had no free speech rights on a college campus. Students for Life sued professor William Gregory Thatcher after he scrubbed out a pro-life message chalked on the sidewalk and told student leader Bernadette Tasy, “College campuses are not free speech areas.” Tasy, who heads Fresno State Students for Life, got permission from school administrators in May to chalk pro-life messages near the school library. Shortly after she finished her work, a group of students began rubbing out the messages,...
  • "Your [WHITE] DNA is an abomination" (Campus newspaper editorial)

    11/29/2017 2:48:54 PM PST · by Architect of Avalon · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov 29, 2017 | Lauren Cooley
    A new opinion piece in a Texas State University student newspaper tells white students “Your DNA is an Abomination.” “When I think of all the white people I have ever encountered - whether they’ve been professors, peers, lovers, friend, police officers, et cetera - there is perhaps only a dozen I would consider ‘decent,’” student author Rudy Martinez writes in the University Star. Without much biological explanation, Martinez informs white readers, “You were not born white. You became white… You don’t give a damn.” Later in his rant, he calls the police “fascist foot soldiers” and says a “white supremacist...
  • Stop Teaching Children To Hate

    11/29/2017 5:04:10 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 11-29-17 | MOTUS
    Stop teaching children to hate: A Florida university is teaching a "White Racism" class designed to show "the U.S. has been and remains a white supremacist society." “Too many Americans, especially whites, are cocooned in a ‘bubble of unreality’ as it concerns racial matters,” Thornhill said.Students will read “important scholarship” to “gain a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of race, white racism, racial inequality, and white supremacy,” in addition to challenging “widely and adamantly held, but empirically unsubstantiated myths about racial matters in the U.S.,” Thornhill said.“White Racism” Course Curriculum If you object or are offended by the course’s title...
  • What Really Happened At Ballou, The D.C. High School Where Every Senior Got Into College

    11/28/2017 5:31:43 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 50 replies
    https://wamu.org ^ | 11/28/2017 | Kate McGee
    Brian Butcher, a history teacher at Ballou High School, sat in the bleachers of the school’s brand new football field last June watching 164 seniors receive diplomas. It was a clear, warm night, and he was surrounded by screaming family and friends snapping photos and cheering. It was a triumphant moment for the students. For the first time, every Ballou graduate applied and was accepted to college. The school is located in one of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods; it has struggled academically for years and has had a chronically low graduation rate. In 2016, the school graduated only 57 percent of...