Day: November 29, 2011

The Days of Legacy Admissions May Be Numbered

In a recent essay in Minding the Campus, blogger John S. Rosenberg argued that I was too tough on legacy preferences and not tough enough on affirmative action in college admissions.  In my support for class-based affirmative action, he says, I’m not sufficiently outraged about racial preferences.  And in arguing that legacy preferences are illegal […]

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Strange Grading and the Hazards of Transparency

If you go this web site, you can search the course roster at the University of Wisconsin and find out what grades were given each semester for the last several years.  In Spring 2011, the average grade for 792 students in Intermediate Organic Chemistry was 2.8, a B-, while in Introduction to Education, 50 students […]

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Occupying the Time Machine

In 1895, H. G. Wells concocted an imaginary time machine that hurled people into the future and back to the past.  Since then, that device has been re-invented by sci-fi writers, film makers and scientists.  They needn’t have bothered.  The time machine has already been in existence for more than four hundred years. It’s called […]

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