20 janvier 2016

Three Words for the New Semester

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . One of my favorite things about the rhythms of academic life is that we get to start fresh several times a year. A new semester brings new students, new courses, new research opportunities, and the chance to try doing something a bit differently. Read more...

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Vial and Error - Science’s wonders are oft built on blunders

. Does hindsight matter in history? From one perspective, the answer must always be a resounding "yes." We pay more attention to the education of a schoolboy in Switzerland named Albert, even before he himself had performed any calculations of note, than to that of his peers. Without this awareness of future significance, the actual labor of doing history would be frustratingly haphazard: endless errands into the wilderness of the past, searching for meaning amid the flotsam of forgotten lives. More...

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When Ex-Prisoners Share Their Stories With Students

Stephanie Bower. Every spring the guests enter our classroom looking a little ill at ease, aliens in the world of whiteboards and podiums. Coaxed to sit in the front of the class and to turn their chairs to face our students, they find their voices as, one by one, they begin to tell versions of crime and punishment, stories of the decades they spent behind bars and the months, weeks, sometimes even just days since their release. More...

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What the Wheaton Controversy Means for Colleges’ Religious Identity

S. Alan Ray. Larycia A. Hawkins, a tenured professor of political science at Wheaton College of Illinois, was recently placed on administrative leave following statements she made about Muslim and Christian relations. More...

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Academic Freedom Has Limits. Where They Are Isn’t Always Clear

Kevin Carey. This month Florida Atlantic University fired a tenured professor of communications named James F. Tracy, citing his failure to file routine paperwork. This fact is both technically true and essentially false. Tracy was actually fired for bringing shame and embarrassment upon his university by publicly and vocally insisting that the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 did not occur. More...

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Transparency in College Admissions Is Key to a Fair Policy on Race

. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court considered "Fisher II" — the court’s second hearing of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Abigail Noel Fisher, a white applicant who was denied admission to UT-Austin, sued the university in 2008, arguing that its admissions policy was discriminatory because it allowed consideration of race. In 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the university’s policies for a second time, leading Fisher to petition the high court once again. More...

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Arendt Among the Americans

Theodor Adorno, Hans Morgenthau, Billy Wilder, and Arnold Schoenberg were among the hundreds of intellectuals and artists who escaped the horrors of Hitler’s Reich by fleeing to America. Many of these refugees ultimately returned to Europe. But others remained in the United States, adapting to and, in some cases, adopting America. More...

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In search of the key to closing achievement gaps

By Michael Hansen. In early January 2016, Dr. John B. King Jr. stepped into the role of acting secretary of Education, following Arne Duncan's resignation last month. More...

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Half the people working in schools aren't classroom teachers—so what?

By Susanna Loeb. When we think of elementary and secondary schools, many of us picture students in classrooms taught by lone teachers, overseen by a principal. In reality, many adults work in schools other than teachers and principals. It may be surprising to learn that there are as many non-teaching adults as there are teachers in U.S. public schools. More...

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Gender gaps merit more attention than they receive

By Seth Gershenson. An important innovation of 2001’s No Child Left Behind Act, which was retained in the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is that schools be held accountable for the academic performance of specific student subgroups (e.g., low income and racial minority students) in addition to the aggregate performance of the entire student body. Indeed, a clear goal of the ESSA is to fully prepare all students for college and career success. More...

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