The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opinion & Ideas http://chronicle.com/section/Opinion-Ideas/40/ Opinion & Ideas Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:54:53 EDT <![CDATA[Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? You Decide.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149507/ http://chronicle.com/article/Higher-Ed-Reform-or-Drinking/149507/ The effort to standardize assessments of student learning is less about improving education than it is about pedagogical politics and the rise of managerial power in academe.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149513/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Save-the-Humanities-Change/149513/ Whether there’s actually a crisis is debatable. Let’s say there’s not, and work together to prove it.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[With Friends Like These …]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149393/ http://chronicle.com/article/With-Friends-Like-These-/149393/ Heck of a job, American Studies Association. Your boycott of Israeli academe is undermining your greatest potential allies.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Review: A World of Hurt]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149397/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-A-World-of-Hurt/149397/ A political history of pain revisits extreme personal and partisan discomfort.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Through a Class, Darkly]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149399/ http://chronicle.com/article/Through-a-Class-Darkly/149399/ Strange academic dreams? The doctor is in.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, October 24, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149515/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-October-24/149515/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Speed Kills]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149401/ http://chronicle.com/article/Speed-Kills/149401/ How fast can human activity get before it becomes inhuman?

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Time to Imagine]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149395/ http://chronicle.com/article/Time-to-Imagine/149395/ Leisure requires and inspires rumination. Both are out of fashion.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, October 17, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149353/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-October-17/149353/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:24:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Wikipedia, a Professor's Best Friend]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149337/ http://chronicle.com/article/Wikipedia-a-Professors-Best/149337/ The crowdsourced encyclopedia is scorned in academe when it ought to be embraced for classroom use.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Sanctuary for the Humanities]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149273/ http://chronicle.com/article/Sanctuary-for-the-Humanities/149273/ The humanities are considered arcane, of dubious practical value, and a lost cause—in other words, perfect for religious colleges.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Review: States of Decay]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149257/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-States-of-Decay/149257/ A sensory history breathes life—and death—into the Civil War.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Scoping Out the Future]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149271/ http://chronicle.com/article/Scoping-Out-the-Future/149271/ Feeding huge quantities of public data into algorithms, analysts seek in patterns today a glimpse of tomorrow.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Science of Us]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149263/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Science-of-Us/149263/ Scrutinizing digitally detailed trends can markedly improve our world and our health.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Doubts About Big Data]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149267/ http://chronicle.com/article/Big-Doubts-About-Big-Data/149267/ More information doesn’t make the world a less-complicated place.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA['My Brokedown English']]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149259/ http://chronicle.com/article/My-Brokedown-English/149259/ Students' striking ideas expressed in mangled language prompt thoughts of what could have been, and what may yet be.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Liar's 'Tell']]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149261/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Liars-Tell/149261/ Paul Ekman famously identified clues to dishonesty in people’s expressions. Now his critics wonder if he has stretched the truth.

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[For Safety's Sake, Get Rid of Campus Cops]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149275/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-Safetys-Sake-Get-Rid-of-/149275/ Divested of criminal-justice obligations, colleges could focus, as they should, on safety and security.

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:42:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekly Book List, October 10, 2014]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149225/ http://chronicle.com/article/Weekly-Book-List-October-10/149225/ Descriptions of the latest books, divided by category.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:19:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Stymied on the Cusp of College]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149213/ http://chronicle.com/article/Stymied-on-the-Cusp-of-College/149213/ Plenty of well-prepared students are pulled off the path just before what should be their freshman year. Colleges can lend them a hand.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Pay-for-Success Financing]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149217/ http://chronicle.com/article/Pay-for-Success-Financing/149217/ England and New York City have experimented with the outcome-focused model. Could it benefit America's low-income college students?

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Beware Higher-Ed Doomsayers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149087/ http://chronicle.com/article/Beware-Higher-Ed-Doomsayers/149087/ The sky is not falling, and those who say it is have questionable motives and methods.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Brands of Nonsense]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149091/ http://chronicle.com/article/Brands-of-Nonsense/149091/ The image of image-seeking serves colleges poorly.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Muhammad for Every Age]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149093/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Muhammad-for-Every-Age/149093/ Biographies of the Prophet have recast him through the generations.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Counterculture à la Carte]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149095/ http://chronicle.com/article/Counterculture-la-Carte/149095/ Students would rather mash up the cultural rebellions of the past than create their own.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA['I am not a spy. I am a philosopher.']]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/149089/ http://chronicle.com/article/I-am-not-a-spy-I-am-a/149089/ An Iranian philosopher in Tehran heard the cell door shut behind him. His solitary education was about to begin.

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Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT