Mark Bauerlein sounds really ticked off, but that doesn't prevent him from being accurate and fun to read.
"'Another nail in the coffin for learning styles' – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style"
I have to say I was always skeptical of the "kinesthetic" learning style.
For most students, this is what I've long thought.
Fine short piece on (college) academic advising.
As both a student and a faculty member, I thought academic advising was a waste of time. (In my role as faculty, the most common question I got was, "Which professors in the department should I take?" I had to tell the students that I rarely, if ever, observed my colleagues in the classroom. What I didn't say was that while I could well guess, why should I ever badmouth any of my colleagues to students?) And in each role, it seemed to me that it would be far better to remove formal advising responsibility from faculty and outsource it to a few specialists. That occurred in my department and I would guess it's happening elsewhere.
O.K., but I'll add three more:
- Teach students to write better.
- Why not mix in some non-fiction? Who said "English" or even "English Literature" has to be just fiction? I don't have any evidence, but I'd bet that most Americans read--and write--more non-fiction rather than fiction.
- When discussing fiction the focus should not be on archetypes and themes and symbolism and other stuff English Lit majors are trained in and fans of. It should be simply on this: Why, exactly, is this worth reading?
Bryan Caplan summarizes some of the points of his recent book.
"Grandpa" rolling like we oldsters tend to do.
This made me laugh:
And then there are the recommendations from former President Bill Clinton: “Those are a dime a dozen,” Haddad said.
Another admissions insider said it’s rumored one can “buy” a letter from Clinton with a donation.
Author argues "Yes."
I'd argue for mostly yes. Evaluations can occasionally catch a truly incompetent or unfit teacher, but beyond that they are of little use.
Review of Bryan Caplan's new book, The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money.