Beware the Gilderoy Lockharts of the University
Any professor who makes students buy his own book is probably an egomaniacal twit.
“My Most Offended Readers Are Ivy-Bound 18-Year-Olds”A conversation with Excellent Sheep author William Deresiewicz.
Cease Rogeting Proximately!College students (and adults) sure love the right-click thesaurus. Too bad it makes you sound the opposite of smart.
The Ivy League Is Not the ProblemThe persistent, misguided belief that universities can transform students into better, less-entitled people.
Revise and Resubmit!Peer review is slow. It’s unhelpful. It’s generally awful. Here’s how to fix it.
In Defense of Laptops in the ClassroomSure, that student may be on Facebook instead of listening to the lecture. But he’s in college—let him make his own mistakes.
Bard’s Better Admissions ApplicationForget the Common App. Write four good essays for Bard College and you’re in.
Bring On the SledgehammerPresident Obama’s college ratings plan is widely hated by the higher-ed status quo. That’s why it’s so promising.
Who Gets to Control Newark’s Schools?A rabble-rousing new mayor wants to undo the reforms that Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg brought to town.
Save Our StacksIt’s not about the books. It’s about the books representing the last place on campus where intellectual contemplation thrives.
The Sad Demise of Collegiate FunThe helicopter generation has gone to university, and campus has never been more boring.
Don’t Extinguish the FulbrightIt’s not a fancy-pants study-abroad program for spoiled children—it’s crucial diplomacy at a bargain.
The Tenure Take-BackThe response to a professor who lost her job offer when she tried to negotiate reveals the skewed priorities of academia.
Spirit GuidesStudents crave emotional mentorship from their teachers that their parents can’t give them. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Hands Off Your Grad Students!Yes, you’re consenting adults. But you’re harming your department, your discipline, and mentors everywhere.
The Study-Abroad ScamToo many programs take your money but give you little in return— or enrich your skimming university. Here’s how to choose the right one.
Free to Be a JerkAcademic freedom means no professor’s career should suffer because of political beliefs—even if they’re obnoxious.
Confessions of a Grade InflatorBetween the grubbing and the blubbering, grading fairly is just not worth the fight.
Needs ImprovementStudent evaluations of professors aren’t just biased and absurd—they don’t even work.
“Kid, I’m Sorry, but You’re Just Not College Material”Is exactly what we should be telling a lot of high school students.
“Doctor”? “Instructor”? “Professor Staff”? College Students Don’t Know What to Call Teachers Anymore.