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The Catastrophic Consequences of Repeatedly Failing Standardized Tests: An Admittedly Extreme, Historical Illustration

Aaron Barlow’s post on how our standardized testing is starting to suggest parallels to the civil service exams in Imperial China stuck a chord with me. So here is a … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

You Might Just as Well Try to Rehabilitate Charles Manson

Here’s a news item that you may have missed: “Beachgoers in New York and New Jersey were outraged when they saw a plane towing a banner with swastika imagery Saturday … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Louis Gohmert Said Something Stupid–Again

Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert has jumped on the Far Right bandwagon that has become very crowded with those eager to denounce President Obama’s most recent “failure of leadership”: specifically, his … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Update from Northern New Mexico College

In its July 9 issue, the Albuquerque Journal-News reports that the administration at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) is now complaining about being inundated with public-records requests. Written by T.S. … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

STEM Graduates and STEM Employment

The Census Bureau has released a very interesting chart showing STEM graduates and STEM employment among Americans aged 18-64 in 2012.     The chart may not necessarily indicate that … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

National (In-)Security: Fifty Notable American Espionage Novels: 26-29.

Littell, Robert.  The Amateur.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981. A commercial and critical success that solidified Littell’s reputation as a novelist, The Amateur focuses on Charles Heller, a C.I.A. … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

When This Blog Becomes a Point of Contention

Having followed all of the comments on Sean Kennedy’s post and the follow-up post from the AAUP leadership, I’d like to offer several observations: It is very clear that no … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 7 Comments

Too Big–and Too Awful–to Fail

The Department of Education and Corinthian Colleges have been engaged in extended negotiations over how the for-profit corporation will either shut down or scale down its various entities, including the … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

National (In-)Security: Fifty Notable American Espionage Novels: 23-25.

Latham, Aaron.  Orchids for Mother.  New York: Little, Brown, 1977. Aaron Latham has written seven books, only two of them novels.  Of the two novels, only one can be categorized … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 2 Comments
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