The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:42:41 EDT <![CDATA[Why August Is the Cruelest Month]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148501/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-August-Is-the-Cruelest/148501/ A history professor tries to maintain perspective while tracking the anemic enrollment figures for his fall course.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Overstating the CIA's Role as Postwar Puppet Master]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148431/ http://chronicle.com/article/Overstating-the-CIAs-Role-as/148431/ The recent wave of revelations about the agency's control of American intellectual life breaks little new ground.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Gun Pride]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148417/ http://chronicle.com/article/Gun-Pride/148417/ Say it loud: ‘I’m an academic, and I love to shoot.’

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[An Academic Novel With a Twist]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148467/ http://chronicle.com/article/An-Academic-Novel-With-a-Twist/148467/ This tale is told through a year’s worth of recommendation letters.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, August 29, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148463/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-August-29/148463/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:06:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Colleges Could Narrow the Income Gap on Campuses]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148453/ http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Could-Narrow-the/148453/ A plan at St. Mary’s College of Maryland would permanently cap the growing ratio between top and bottom earners.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Today's Lesson: Life in the Classroom Before Cellphones]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148423/ http://chronicle.com/article/Todays-Lesson-Life-in-the/148423/ A professor bribes her students not to use them during class, and everybody enjoys the results.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[How Do We Get Our Students to Become Cops?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148447/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Do-We-Get-Our-Students-to/148447/ History, social science, empathy. Complex problem solving, critical thinking, curiosity. That’s what we teach our students, and what police forces need.

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:22:46 EDT
<![CDATA[What Ails Elite Education?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148419/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-Ails-Elite-Education-/148419/ William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep, and Harry R. Lewis of Harvard volley questions of class privilege and how colleges perpetuate it.

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:46:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, August 22, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148391/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-August-22/148391/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:18:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Mending the Marriage Between Colleges and the Military]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148369/ http://chronicle.com/article/Mending-the-Marriage-Between/148369/ Given the amount of money paid to elite universities for officers’ executive-education programs, they should be worth more than a line on a résumé.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[A Joyful Purgatory]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148377/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Joyful-Purgatory/148377/ My postdoc gig was both prestigious and precarious.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[The Case for Undergraduate Law Degrees]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148371/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Case-for-Undergraduate-Law/148371/ Limiting legal education to graduate students has contributed to the mystification of the law across society.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Piketty Envy]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148381/ http://chronicle.com/article/Piketty-Envy/148381/ Rather than embracing the way the best-selling economist’s work advances their vision, influential Marxists browbeat him for being insufficiently orthodox.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Could the Government End the Mess in College Sports?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148407/ http://chronicle.com/article/Could-the-Government-End-the/148407/ The Obama administration should establish a presidential commission to bring comprehensive reform to amateur athletics.

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:25:38 EDT
<![CDATA[One Man Had a Plan to Keep Money Out of College Sports. Here’s What Happened.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148359/ http://chronicle.com/article/One-Man-Had-a-Plan-to-Keep/148359/ Long before Ed O’Bannon challenged the NCAA, Frank P. Graham fought to keep commercialism off campuses. He lost.

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Let's Clarify Authorship on Scientific Papers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148287/ http://chronicle.com/article/Lets-Clarify-Authorship-on/148287/ For reasons that are social as much as scientific, lists of "authors" and "contributors" have grown long and muddled.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:56:19 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, August 15, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148327/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-August-15/148327/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:44:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Offensive Ad Serves No Useful Purpose]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148189/ http://chronicle.com/article/Offensive-Ad-Serves-No-Useful/148189/ Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT <![CDATA[Reframing History]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148175/ http://chronicle.com/article/Reframing-History/148175/ Globalization is touted as a new approach to understanding the past. Can it live up to the hype?

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Objects Speak]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148177/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Objects-Speak/148177/ Objects loom large as other gods seem to fail.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Internet of Words]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148179/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Internet-of-Words/148179/ Changes in the language are as much a part of the story of technology as innovative new products.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Who's Your (Lit Crit) Daddy?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148187/ http://chronicle.com/article/Whos-Your-Lit-Crit-Daddy-/148187/ Revere the masters who influenced you, but forge your own path.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[An Opportunity to Redefine College Sports]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148347/ http://chronicle.com/article/An-Opportunity-to-Redefine/148347/ As colleges and the NCAA deal with the challenges ahead, Cedric W. Dempsey and David Welch Suggs Jr. hope that education doesn’t come in second.

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Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:58:00 EDT
<![CDATA[When Pornography Pays for College]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147987/ http://chronicle.com/article/When-Pornography-Pays-for/147987/ Belle Knox represents a generation of angry young women who have come of age in a pornified, financially devastated century.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Value of Admitting What We Don't Know]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147983/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Value-of-Admitting-What-We/147983/ If professors are willing to listen, we can learn important lessons from our students.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EDT