The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:13:23 EDT <![CDATA[Let's Ask More of Our Students—and of Ourselves]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148559/ http://chronicle.com/article/Lets-Ask-More-of-Our/148559/ As educators, we need to start making our own plans to improve academic standards.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, September 5, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148555/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-September-5/148555/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:26:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Power of Mental Pictures]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148497/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Power-of-Mental-Pictures/148497/ ‘Framing’ may have fallen out of favor in Washington, but the field that birthed it—metaphor studies—is going strong.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:56:27 EDT
<![CDATA[You Don't Need a Search Firm to Hire a President]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148525/ http://chronicle.com/article/You-Dont-Need-a-Search-Firm/148525/ Contrary to what high-priced consultants tell you, your ideal candidate isn’t that hard to find.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[On the Immense Good Fortune of Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148541/ http://chronicle.com/article/On-the-Immense-Good-Fortune-/148541/ In his last Think Tank column, Carey says that colleges are what great societies build. That means colleges have a lot to live up to.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Your Dissertation Is Done. Move On.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148493/ http://chronicle.com/article/Your-Dissertation-Is-Done/148493/ Turning them into monographs is a poor use of doctoral students' time.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Your Brain on Metaphors]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148495/ http://chronicle.com/article/Your-Brain-on-Metaphors/148495/ Neuroscientists test the theory that your body shapes your ideas.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[When 'Awesome' Isn't Enough]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148499/ http://chronicle.com/article/When-Awesome-Isnt-Enough/148499/ Helping students turn raw experience into illuminating words.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Offensive Letter Justifies Oppressive System That Hurts Both Faculty and Students]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148551/ http://chronicle.com/article/Offensive-Letter-Justifies/148551/ A recent posting, which featured an ugly attack on a deceased adjunct, highlights the need to fight the self-congratulatory mythology of tenure.

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:49:50 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