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Offense 101

October 23rd, 2012 · 25 Comments

American politics sometimes seems like a contest to see which group of partisans can take greater umbrage at the most recent outrageous remark from a member of the opposing tribe.  As a mild countermeasure, I offer a modest proposal for American universities. All freshmen should be required to take a course called “Offense 101,” where […]

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Tags: Academia · Horse Race Politics

College vs. Babies

July 16th, 2009 · 12 Comments

Conor Friedersdorf finds serial plagiarist Ben Domenech stroking his chin over the pernicious collapse of values that’s causing moderns to delay marriage and reproduction. But sometimes, two charts are worth a thousand words of wankery. 8 Health > Total fertility rate 1 1 Education > Average years of schooling of adults 12 26 People > […]

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Tags: Academia · Economics · Sociology

The Weak Man

July 1st, 2009 · 26 Comments

Via erstwhile debate compatriot turned awesome academic Steve Maloney, I discover the “weak man” argument, which actually seems far more prevalent than the better-known straw man. Making a straw-man argument, of course, involves misrepresenting a position opposed to your own so that you can beat up on it easily. The Internet makes it somewhat harder […]

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Tags: Academia · General Philosophy · Sociology

Faux Passing?

June 19th, 2009 · 15 Comments

Here’s one you’ve probably heard—and groaned at—before: You know how you can tell Parisians are the most worldly, sophisticated people in the world? Even the children there speak French! It’s a dumb joke, but I think it also goes a ways toward explaining why Dana Goldstein thinks the essay prompts on France’s college entrance exams […]

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Tags: Academia

You Want Fries With That?

May 19th, 2009 · 22 Comments

Guesting over at Sully’s, Lane Wallace recounts how a crappy job taught him the value of a liberal arts education: In a flash, I grasped the true value of a college degree. It didn’t matter what I majored in. It didn’t even matter all that much what my grades were. What mattered was that I […]

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Tags: Academia · Art & Culture · Language and Literature

Lying About Cass Sunstein

April 30th, 2009 · 57 Comments

I could probably write a post running several thousand words just listing all the issues on which I disagree with legal/political theorist Cass Sunstein, but I was nevertheless pretty sanguine about news of his appointment to head the Office of Information an Regulatory Affairs. Via David Weinberger, I see that Sunstein is the latest victim […]

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Tags: Academia · Journalism & the Media · Law · Tech and Tech Policy


July 9th, 2008 · 10 Comments

What’s that? Barack Obama thinks that our schools should be as successful as those in other developed nations at ensuring that American students master a foreign language? Elitist! Next he’ll be suggesting that we try to teach math or reading as well as Canada and Japan. Not in my America, MENSA-boy! Update: Some folks piling […]

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Tags: Academia · Stupid Shit

They Argued With Her? In Academia!?

May 7th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Via PJ Doland, you really cannot make this stuff up: Priya Venkatesan taught English at Dartmouth College. She maintains that some of her students were so unreceptive of “French narrative theory” that it amounted to a hostile working environment. She is also readying lawsuits against her superiors, who she says papered over the harassment, as […]

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Tags: Academia

Surely Lucy Won’t Yank the Football Away This Time!

April 30th, 2008 · 29 Comments

It’s a little depressing, on multiple levels, to see Jessica Valenti and Pam Spaulding celebrating because protesters at Smith College managed to shout down some bigoted halfwit who’d been invited to give a speech to the College Republican group on campus. Apparently, the “awesome feminists of Smith forced [anti-gay speaker Ryan] Sorba out after a […]

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Tags: Academia · Sexual Politics

We Don’t Read Much, Do We?

March 6th, 2008 · 6 Comments

The latest chapter in the hilarious misadventures of Concerned Woman for America Matt Barber involves blowing a fuse over an Illinois high school’s addition of the Tony- and Pulitzer-award winning play Angels in America to their curriculum.  Though Barber avers that it “takes a lot” to shock him, he writes (emphasis mine): The book is […]

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Tags: Academia · Language and Literature · Law · Stupid Shit