Currently academics debate whether they should be “sages on the stage” or “guides on the side.” It never occurs to them that they might not be very good in either role.
Monthly Archives For November 2013
Richard Lindzen, a former meteorologist at MIT, in his first presentation as the newest distinguished fellow at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute, tore into global warming alarmists.
Football is everywhere in the news today. PBS recently released a documentary entitled “League of Denial” which took the NFL to task for its supposed attempts at covering up medical issues that NFL players were being afflicted with after their time in the league.
One thing that Accuracy in Academia has in common with its big sister organization, Accuracy in Media, is that, upon investigation of various claims made in our respective bailiwicks—just about everything we’ve been told by elites is wrong.
It’s one thing to play fantasy football or fantasy baseball. It’s quite another to play fantasy economics. Unfortunately, too many academics do too little of the former and too much of the latter.
“Thirty-year-old men graduating from the University of California system have a 38-percent chance of financial distress, and women have a 55-percent chance.”—Chronicle of Higher Education, November 15, 2013.
“Buried in all the hype about MOOCs is a somewhat surprising admission by some of the world’s leading universities—that their teaching methods may not be very good.”—Jeffrey Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 15, 2013.
This past Tuesday, Mrs. Obama told a group of sophomores at a local Washington, D.C. high school that they could follow her own path of graduating from high school and attending a top university.
Scan through any college catalogue and you will find courses that are painfully obvious, at best, and trivial, at least.
“Why does environmentalism tend to be so pious and self-serious?”—From Princeton catalogue description of course entitled “The Environment Can Be Funny”