Archive for January, 2014

The Death of the Humanities

January 29, 2014

Victor David Hanson on the end of liberal education. From the conclusion:

When the humanities failed to make the case that its students were trained to be exceptionally good writers, logical debaters, and well informed about the events, people, literature and issues of the past, then the liberal arts no longer were granted immunity from the general reckoning that the university now faces. Colleges charge too much and provide too little quality education; they exploit students and part-time faculty to serve a much smaller tenured and administrative elite; and they no longer believe in enriching society as much as radically changing it according to their own partisan visions.

Magical Putters

January 23, 2014

I don’t care much about the controversy that arose around this story, because the basic story is amazing. And any failures are only minor (and I think concerns mostly arose via¬†an overly PC mentality). The story itself is another reminder that things are often not what they seem, and that “science” and “scientific” are often not used in the sense we imagine.

Academic Hunger Games

January 21, 2014

An interesting analogy between The Hunger Games and academic job searches. The odds are never in your favor!

A Different College

January 17, 2014

University of Minnesota – Rochester highlighted for a number of different approaches to education. Interesting model.

Reform Agenda

January 10, 2014

Victor Davis Hanson offers a fairly radial 10 step reform program for the American university system.

156 Episodes of Twilight Zone

January 9, 2014

From Ann Althouse, one of the weirdest videos ever. Not sure what to do with it, but is weirdly hypnotic. 156 episodes playing simultaneously.

Why Bible Reading is Down

January 7, 2014

Some insight from the folks at Biblica  on why Bible reading is down shared by Pete Enns. Big issues:

1) Read in fragments (verses only)

2) Ahistorical

3) Individually rather than corporately

I’m sure there are more reasons (less overall reading, competing entertainment, “practical” focus [of the wrong kind; you can’s save your marriage with the genealogies]). But this is a start.

The Future of Education

January 7, 2014

Some thoughts from the American Interest on the crisis (I think that might be the right word) in the Ph.D. job market.

Managing Millennials

January 6, 2014

I found this video a bit funny. Though I like my millennial students.

Higher Education and Debt

January 6, 2014

From a while back, an analysis of debt and higher education. Some interesting insights.