The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:34:44 EDT <![CDATA[This ‘Extra Credit’ Question Does No Credit to Fairness]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231953/ http://chronicle.com/article/This-Extra-Credit-/231953/ A professor’s offer to raise the grade of students who demonstrated altruism on an exam went viral. But what’s the good of skewing test results?

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:47:20 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, July 31, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231897/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-July-31/231897/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:37:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Do We Cheapen Philosophy When We Use It as Therapy?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231825/ http://chronicle.com/article/Do-We-Cheapen-Philosophy-When/231825/ Alain de Botton wants the sages to help us feel good. But when Nietzsche gives you a rush, beware.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:30:11 EDT
<![CDATA[The Feast Is Still Moveable]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231647/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Feast-Is-Still-Moveable/231647/ She had little in common with Hemingway. But they'd always have Paris.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Ex-Pimp Who Remade Black Culture]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231827/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Ex-Pimp-Who-Remade-Black/231827/ The writings of Robert (Iceberg Slim) Beck are literature disguised as pulp.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[How a New Report May Hasten the End of Racial Preferences in Admissions]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231837/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-a-New-Report-May-Hasten/231837/ The ACE didn’t mean to undermine the case for affirmative action. But by showing how colleges can diversify without it, the group may have done just that.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Where’s the Outrage When Colleges Discriminate Against Students With Disabilities?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231799/ http://chronicle.com/article/Where-s-the-Outrage-When/231799/ While higher education has embraced efforts to promote diversity, it has fought a less-noticed war against disability rights.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Walden U. Responds to Report on Graduate-Student Debt]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231831/ http://chronicle.com/article/Walden-U-Responds-to-Report/231831/ Contrary to a recent analysis, which focused on loan volume, the university provides both access and accountability, says its president.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:01:02 EDT
<![CDATA[It's Time for Scholars to Take Harper Lee Seriously]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231793/ http://chronicle.com/article/Its-Time-for-Scholars-to-Take/231793/ Academics should welcome the new work into our intensified dialogue on race.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Our Leader Left. Who’s Left to Lead?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231159/ http://chronicle.com/article/Our-Leader-Left-Who-s-Left/231159/ An absence of internal candidates for administrative positions in any academic department is a symptom of governance gone bad.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[In Praise of Federal Loans for College]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231505/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Praise-of-Federal-Loans-for/231505/ The data show that higher limits on borrowing serve the right purpose: ensuring continued access to higher education.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Let’s Give Student Researchers the Credit They Deserve]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231391/ http://chronicle.com/article/Let-s-Give-Student/231391/ Universities require that research subjects be treated ethically. Research assistants, however, are on their own.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:55:59 EDT
<![CDATA[Don’t Cut Research Ties With the Military]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231699/ http://chronicle.com/article/Don-t-Cut-Research-Ties-With/231699/ Amid debate over the report on the ties between intelligence agencies and academe, let’s not rush to bar all such work.

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:55:42 EDT
<![CDATA[The Neuroscience of Interrogation: Why Torture Doesn’t Work]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231575/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Neuroscience-of/231575/ The American Psychological Association’s reported role in the mistreatment of detainees is a debacle not just of ethics, but of science as well.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:57:59 EDT
<![CDATA[The Withering of a Once-Great State University]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231565/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Withering-of-a-Once-Great/231565/ The price of one man’s presidential ambitions is the slow death of the University of Wisconsin system.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:29:18 EDT
<![CDATA[That Lab Coat Looks Good on You]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231445/ http://chronicle.com/article/That-Lab-Coat-Looks-Good-on/231445/ For women who aspire to the sciences, a sense of belonging is a powerful force in determining the path they take.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Reviewing's Grunt Squads]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231449/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Reviewings-Grunt-Squads/231449/ They shoot sloppy and get no respect. Don’t fear them. Pity them.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 04:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Academe Breeds Anxiety]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231441/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Academe-Breeds-Anxiety/231441/ University culture incubates worry. But should that worry us?

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:42:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Upside of the Legal Profession's Crisis]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231493/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Upside-of-the-Legal/231493/ The field is shrinking. That’s a shock to lawyers and law schools but a boon to society.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, July 17, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231531/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-July-17/231531/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Microaggression and Changing Moral Cultures]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231395/ http://chronicle.com/article/MicroaggressionChanging/231395/ What’s to be done about remarks perceived as offensive to a marginalized social group? Some perspective is useful.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 04:55:32 EDT
<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders's Charming, Perfectly Awful Plan to Save Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231387/ http://chronicle.com/article/Bernie-Sanderss-Charming/231387/ His ideas are most important for how they might end up moving the boundaries of mainstream political culture.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[No Phones, Please, This Is a Communications Class]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231235/ http://chronicle.com/article/No-Phones-Please-This-Is-a/231235/ Students don’t stand a chance to engage when they’re lured into the digital labyrinth.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, July 10, 2015]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231357/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-July-10/231357/ Descriptions of the latest scholarly books, divided by category.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:14:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Beautifully, Defiantly Black TV]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231345/ http://chronicle.com/article/Beautifully-Defiantly-Black/231345/ Ellis Haizlip’s Soul! was unique and timely, celebrating African-American diversity while embodying tolerance and community.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Daring to Speak of Black Women]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231343/ http://chronicle.com/article/Daring-to-Speak-of-Black-Women/231343/ Decades after Michele Wallace angered readers of Black Macho, a new generation of African-American feminists embraces her.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:01 EDT