The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:03:21 EDT <![CDATA[A Diversity of Viewpoints Is at the Heart of Learning]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232437/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Diversity-of-Viewpoints-Is/232437/ Students must be exposed to more than one side of a debate, or higher education as we know it is dead.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, August 28, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232545/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-August-28/232545/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Don't Be Snobs, Medievalists]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232539/ http://chronicle.com/article/Dont-Be-Snobs-Medievalists/232539/ Those "amateurs" just might save your discipline.

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Ovid Had No Trigger Warning]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232541/ http://chronicle.com/article/Ovid-Had-No-Trigger-Warning/232541/ Trauma altered canonical writers' worldviews. We can't understand thinkers' insights without understanding their ordeals. 

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[How Literary Fame Happens]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232537/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Literary-Fame-Happens/232537/ Why are you reading Keats but not Barry Cornwall, Austen but not Mary Brunton?

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Alice Goffman's Implausible Ethnography]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232491/ http://chronicle.com/article/Alice-Goffmans-Implausible-/232491/ Why even a sympathetic reader should have doubts about the accuracy of her study of police practices in a Philadelphia neighborhood.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Let Me Count the Ways]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232461/ http://chronicle.com/article/Does-Assessment-Make-Colleges/232461/ Data on graduates, skills for the workplace, students who can talk about what they’ve learned — these are the results of asking colleges to measure what they do.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:55:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Why We Need to Resurrect Our Souls]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232369/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-We-Need-to-Resurrect-Our/232369/ We no longer seek perfection in thought or art, war or faith — but we can do better.

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Gropes of Academe]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232367/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Gropes-of-Academe/232367/ Woody Allen's ivory-tower depictions betray his dropout pedigree, but they offer a meaningful escape to those who toil in the ivy.

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Montmartre vs. M.F.A.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232359/ http://chronicle.com/article/Montmartre-vs-MFA/232359/ No fine-arts program is going to replicate the confluence of creative genius that occurred on a Paris hilltop at the dawn of the 20th century.

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:58:39 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, August 21, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232401/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-August-21/232401/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:58:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Does Assessment Make Colleges Better? Who Knows?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232371/ http://chronicle.com/article/Does-Assessment-Make-Colleges/232371/ Accreditors who are driving the push toward measuring outcomes need to provide evidence that it offers benefits commensurate with the expense that goes into it.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[It’s Harder Now to Change Students’ Lives, but No Less Important]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232037/ http://chronicle.com/article/It-s-Harder-Now-to-Change/232037/ The standardization and hand-holding that characterize today’s college classes can be the enemies of self-discovery.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Clinton Issues a Promising Proposal for Tuition Reform]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232283/ http://chronicle.com/article/Clinton-Issues-a-Promising/232283/ The Democratic candidate’s plan is ambitious and politically palatable, but it would benefit from some fine-tuning.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:15:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Case Against Scholarly Consensus]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232181/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Case-Against-Scholarly/232181/ It’s a way to bully skeptics and allow professional organizations to cozy up to political allies and potential funders.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 04:55:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, August 14, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232261/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-August-14/232261/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:45:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Never Mind Turing Tests. What About Terminator Tests?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232183/ http://chronicle.com/article/Never-Mind-Turing-Tests-What/232183/ The vortex of human and artificial intelligence is more subtle than we may think, and our hopes as well as our fears are probably simplistic.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:19:01 EDT
<![CDATA[The Literature of Lynching]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232185/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Literature-of-Lynching/232185/ Which lynching poems get taught, which do not, and why.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:19:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Pell Grants for Prisoners: Good for Them, and for Everyone Else]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232153/ http://chronicle.com/article/Pell-Grants-for-Prisoners-/232153/ The new program doesn’t take money away from financially needy college students, and helps recipients find a way back into society.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:36:12 EDT
<![CDATA[The Case Against More Guns on Campus]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232093/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Case-Against-More-Guns-on/232093/ Liberalized open- and concealed-carry policies do nothing to improve campus safety, the data show, and make the job of law enforcement more difficult.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA['Black Silent Majority']]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231983/ http://chronicle.com/article/Black-Silent-Majority/231983/ Did crime-terrorized African-Americans help spur mass incarceration?

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 01:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[What I Learned in Prison]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231987/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-I-Learned-in-Prison/231987/ Six years behind bars will change your worldview.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 01:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[From Theorist to Activist]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231979/ http://chronicle.com/article/From-Theorist-to-Activist/231979/ How a philosophy professor with "monklike tendencies" became a radical advocate for prison reform.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 01:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Capital Punishment in Crisis]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231981/ http://chronicle.com/article/Capital-Punishment-in-Crisis/231981/ Democracy and the death penalty are irreconcilable.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 01:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Why Criminal Justice Isn't Just]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231985/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Criminal-Justice-Isnt/231985/ Our system of law and order is out of date, unscientific, and cruel.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 01:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, August 7, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/232097/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-August-7/232097/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:50:00 EDT