Day: April 12, 2013

Let’s Institute an Exit Exam in Writing

From the National Association of Scholars’ 100 Great Ideas for Higher Education   *** The great scandal of American education is that students can complete their schooling without learning to write correct prose. Even at the college level, and at good schools, most students cannot write even a page of text without committing some error of […]

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Let’s Reclaim the Word ‘Diversity’

Universities enjoy a privileged position in our society and lots of independence from political and economic forces, partly to provide an environment where diversity of views reigns -where conformist, stifling uniformity is suppressed in favor of a “free market in ideas.” Coupled with that historically has been a sense of meritocracy -the academy is an […]

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