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Tuesday morning linkage

July 17, 2007, 5:04 am

Morning, everyone. Here are some quickies for your early Tuesday enjoyment:

George Will comments in the WaPo about Antioch College. Here’s a sample:

During the campus convulsions of the late 1960s, when rebellion against any authority was considered obedience to every virtue, the film “To Die in Madrid,” a documentary about the Spanish Civil War, was shown at a small liberal arts college famous for, and vain about, its dedication to all things progressive. When the film’s narrator intoned, “The rebels advanced on Madrid,” the students, who adored rebels and were innocent of information, cheered. Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, had been so busy turning undergraduates into vessels of liberalism and apostles of social improvement that it had not found time for the tiresome task of teaching them tedious facts, such as that the rebels in Spain were Franco’s fascists.

It gets better from there.

Inside Higher Ed has some interesting stats on Ph.D. completion across different disciplines. The humanities Ph.D. people take the longest time and end up in the largest amount of debt. The shortest time and lowest debt? Engineering.

Also in Inside Higher Ed, we have an editorial titled Stop Starving Our Urban Public Universities. The main argument hybridizes the observation that high schools aren’t preparing kids for college anymore, along with the old warhorse that the main problem is that everybody — including and especially urban public universities — would do better if they just had more funding. Since that last has been thoroughly discredited by actual statistics in the public K-12 context, it’s curious to see it re-emerge in higher ed.

Finally, FIRE could use your financial support to help print and distribute their Guides which give information on rights for student and faculty free speech and academic freedom.

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