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Putting a Value on a College Degree

Search TagX on Google View all posts tagged as Tagx Find TagX related info in WikiPedia There are two seemingly-contradictory conversations going on right now about kids graduating from college. One conversation focuses on the importance of a college degree. Bob Herbert for instance– his NYT op-ed column last week—bemoaned the fact that the U.S.—once […]

Dorothy Rabinowitz on the Enlightened (aka the Educated) Class and the WTC Mosque

Not to go overboard on this whole educated-elite-vs-the-country thing, but there’s an interesting op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Dorothy Rabinowitz that speaks to the issue. She writes about the failure of the elite class to understand why folks are protesting the building of a mosque near Ground Zero: The question today is whether […]

Bellesiles Shoots His Mouth Off Again

Tom Bartlett at The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting interview with disgraced historian Michael Bellesiles here. We’ve discussed Bellesiles here, here, here and here. My two favorite excerpts from the interview: One creative critic made up a song and serenaded him over the phone. It included rhymes for the word “a**hole.” And: In […]

The Educated Elite vs The Country- Part III: Educating the Elites

A few days after Codevilla’s piece appeared in the American Spectator, sort-of-conservative columnist Ross Douthat of the New York Times set off quite a kerfuffle when he did a piece about how the whole elite education selection process works. Douthat based his column on Russell K. Nieli’s post at the Minding the Campus blog where […]

The Pleasures of Life on the Farm

A tree fell and hit the power line. No one hurt, but no internet today.

Assigning Blame: The Case of Phoebe Prince

The Week has collected a variety of opinions on who’s to blame for the January suicide of high school student Phoebe Prince in Massachusetts. Prince, as you may remember, was the 15-year-old girl who had emigrated from Ireland with her mother. At her new school in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Prince was bullied for weeks and […]

Back to the Keyboard

After a lovely trip to spend some time with DeTocqueville’s Granddaughter and some not-so-lovely days spent dealing with a lightning-fried computer, I’m glad to say we’re back in business!

Students Come and Students Go

Jon Bruner has a nifty interactive map over at Forbes. “More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during 2008. The map below visualizes those moves. Click on any county to see comings and goings: black lines indicate net inward movement, red lines net outward movement.” Here’s the interactive map.

Suffering and Optimism

A couple of days ago, over at the NYT, Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton, asked, “Should This Be the Last Generation?” If you’re familiar with Singer’s defense of infanticide and euthanasia, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that this essay takes a utilitarian view, one that omits any discussion of the nature […]

Does the Internet Make You Smarter— Or Not?

The experts are lining up on both sides of this one. The discussion is prompted by the publication of Nicholas Carr’s new book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Here’s my contribution to a workout for what Hercule Poirot refers to as your “little gray cells.” Here’s Carr making his case […]