Tenured Radical offers some thoughts from pseudonymous guest blogger Herlin Hathaway, a Jamaican American graduate of a small, liberal arts college who’s midway through his first year in a Ph.D. program. The main point of the post is to get some insight into academic transitions like Hathaway’s, but to me the strongest point that came … Continue reading Who let the dogs out? The importance of a diverse faculty.
No, I haven’t renounced my longstanding ressentiment and mistrust of football at any level of play, from Pop Warner through the NFL. It’s an appalling waste of money that pretty much sums up nearly everything that’s wrong with our culture, in universities and in the nation at large: profligacy, the wage gap, male supremacy, obsession with inconsequential trivia, anti-intellectualism, … Continue reading This feminist is down with Tim Tebow
I received a couple of shiny, happy e-mails from Baa Ram U. President Tony Frank about this yesterday. The details are even more demoralizing than I could have guessed: FORT COLLINS — Green-and-gold balloons accented the interior of Colorado State’s on-campus football indoor practice facility. It is a building in many ways representing the greatest success … Continue reading Excellence with money!
Today’s guest post is from a former faculty member at Penn State. Ze talks about the hierarchical administrative structure of the university, and wonders if it might be part of an explanation for why top administrators at Penn State made the catastrophically bad decision to harbor a child rapist and to conceal his crimes. I … Continue reading More thoughts on Penn State: a former insider’s view
It’s gratifying to see so many sports writers and other male commentators decrying the culture of corruption that big-time men’s college sports breeds. Really it is. However, feminists have pointed out for decades that football teams are dangerous to women and that women get raped and their rapes covered up and denied by these same teams and … Continue reading A few final thoughts on Penn State’s Empire of Rape
I don’t have any special knowledge of what’s going on there–to be clear, I went to Penn by the way, which is in Philadelphia and on the entirely other end of the state of Pennsylvania. I’ve never been within 60 miles of State College, to my knowledge. (Like most Penn grads, it rankles me to be associated … Continue reading Brief thoughts on Penn State
Via my colleague Nathan Citino who reads the New York Review of Books, we learn that Tony Grafton has written a thoughtful review of the raft of books on the “crisis” of higher education in the United States published recently. He dislikes the polemics that pick one enemy–the lazy-a$$ed faculty who allegedly never teach, or the … Continue reading Tony Grafton on the higher education crisis, and your turn to talk back!
Do you ever get the impression that there truly is nothing new under the sun in education? Do you ever think that we end up re-inventing the wheel, year after year? Well, this American Radio Works documentary “Don’t Lecture Me” won’t disabuse you of those suspicions! I promise, I sat down Monday night to listen … Continue reading (Re-)inventing the educratic wheel
UPDATED BELOW Matt Bai of the New York Times claims in this brief piece that “Gingrich Run Reflects His Sense of History.” Don’t laugh America–Bai says this isn’t a vanity run for president to get his own teevee deal: [H]aving spent a fair amount of time with Mr. Gingrich for a cover story I wrote for … Continue reading Gingrich prexy run reflects his sense that history is a superhero comic book plus decoder ring
When I read Zuska’s comments about Science Cheerleader, I thought Science Cheerleader had to be a parody. Apparently it’s not–but it is in fact a total joke, because (for example) it suggests that “What Everyone Needs To Know To Be A (sic) Science Literate” is the cheerleaders from the Philadelphia 76ers in spangly bras and short-shorts reading the words of an … Continue reading "Science Cheerleaders": feminist FAIL