The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:57:21 EDT <![CDATA[When Flexibility Is a Flaw]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147789/ http://chronicle.com/article/When-Flexibility-Is-a-Flaw/147789/ We must resist the constant winds of compromise that soothe but distract us from our soundest judgments.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[To Fight Grade Inflation in the Humanities, Add Context]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147793/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Fight-Grade-Inflation-in/147793/ To preserve the integrity of humanistic studies, colleges should push back against grading creep. A new effort at the University of North Carolina shows a way.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Revanchism and Its Costs]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147797/ http://chronicle.com/article/RevanchismIts-Costs/147797/ In Ukraine, Iraq, and many other places around the globe, political philosophy’s neglected stepchild is again raising havoc.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The 'Best and Brightest' Aren’t Always Obvious]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147795/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-BestBrightest/147795/ If higher education does not broaden its scope, we will continue to exclude many students whose stories are not well represented by traditional academic measurement.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Ambiguous Pleasures]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147773/ http://chronicle.com/article/Ambiguous-Pleasures/147773/ There are lots of pedagogical reasons why students should read novels—but that’s not why students should read novels.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, July 25, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147811/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-July-25/147811/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:07:00 EDT
<![CDATA[For Colleges, 'Free' Is About Much More Than Money]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147675/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-Colleges-Free-Is-About/147675/ Cooper Union’s decision to charge tuition changes the culture of the institution.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How E-Reading Threatens Learning in the Humanities]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147661/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-E-Reading-Threatens/147661/ Screens, particularly those on devices with Internet connections, undermine our encounters with meaty texts.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Science of Laughter]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147571/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Science-of-Laughter/147571/ If jokes escape Peter McGraw's lab, there's no sure antidote.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[What's So Funny?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147575/ http://chronicle.com/article/Whats-So-Funny-/147575/ We laugh, therefore … what? A theory about theories of laughter.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Account Ability]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147569/ http://chronicle.com/article/Account-Ability/147569/ Bookkeepers have demonstrated powers beyond number.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Grayed Out]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147573/ http://chronicle.com/article/Grayed-Out/147573/ No one warned her that emerita status was a cloak of invisibility.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, July 18, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147691/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-July-18/147691/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Texas Makes an Appalling Mess of Education ‘Reform’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147561/ http://chronicle.com/article/Texas-Makes-an-Appalling-Mess/147561/ The struggles at the University of Texas at Austin are the latest flash point in a wider clash of views over the purpose of public universities.

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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:56:10 EDT
<![CDATA[At Sea in a Deluge of Data]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147477/ http://chronicle.com/article/At-Sea-in-a-Deluge-of-Data/147477/ Skill in finding useful information and a sense of what to trust will prove essential in the 21st-century workplace. Librarians can play a crucial role in training students accordingly.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, July 11, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147487/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-July-11/147487/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Presidential Spouse Gets Back in the Game]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147495/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Presidential-Spouse-Gets/147495/ By informally helping students with their communication skills, he found a useful, under-the-radar way to be involved on the campus. It’s a pleasure to pitch in.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Uses of Being Wrong]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147459/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Uses-of-Being-Wrong/147459/ By disproving an existing theory—even by acknowledging problems with our own—we refine our understanding of what our models can and cannot explain.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Review: The Brutality of American Punishment]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147479/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-The-Brutality-of/147479/ America’s prison system constitutes arguably the most prodigious system of torture in world history.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Florentine Courtship]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147493/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Florentine-Courtship/147493/ The city resisted my overtures but opened my mind and my heart.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, July 4, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147431/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-July-4-2014/147431/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:45:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Great Accreditation Farce]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147425/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Great-Accreditation-Farce/147425/ Certifying religious colleges that honor faith over academic freedom makes a mockery of whatever academic and intellectual standards the process is supposed to uphold.

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[#failedintellectual]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147353/ http://chronicle.com/article/failedintellectual/147353/ @NeinQuarterly says goodbye to academe and hello to whatever.

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Rethinking the Age of Evangelicalism]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147359/ http://chronicle.com/article/Rethinking-the-Age-of/147359/ It's not a subculture but a movement that has affected all Americans.

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Black Women's Status Update]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147351/ http://chronicle.com/article/Black-Womens-Status-Update/147351/ Whether about Kara Walker or Rihanna, social media provide rare, much-needed forums to opine.

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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Restructure the Humanities Ph.D.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147203/ http://chronicle.com/article/Restructure-the-Humanities/147203/ Rethinking the genre of the dissertation—not just as monograph but as digital exposition—would be a key first step. It would also produce more technologically savvy Ph.D.’s.

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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EDT