Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Teacher’s Case for Testing

August 31, 2011 Today’s Education Week has a worth-reading piece today called “A Teacher Finds Good in Testing.”  In it, Ama Nyamekye recounts how she went from being a protester against testing to being a supporter.  She acknowledges flaws, but … Continue reading

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Parking! The Ultimate Faculty Issue

August 30, 2011 From Inside Higher Ed:  Parking Shortage Leads Dalhousie Prof to Quit Dan Middlemiss, a professor at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, became so frustrated this week by the lack of parking that he quit, CBC News reported. Middlemiss … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Gridiron”

August 30, 2011 It’s hard not to notice that football season is once more upon us.  Soon we will be inundated with games played on a gridiron.  “Gridiron?”  Why do we call it that? It’s a dead metaphor. According to … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Statistic”

August 27, 2011 Dictionaries give you two different meanings of “statistic.”  One has it that a “statistic” is “a numerical fact or datum.”  I think this is the most common meaning — the most common way the word is used.  … Continue reading

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“Skimpy Equality:” What Gives?

August 26, 2011 In this morning’s New York Times Sunday Styles section, Lisa Belkin (who writes a recurring column called Motherlode) has a must-read piece called “After Class, Skimpy Equality.” “What are we to make of the fact that lessons … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Grit”

August 25, 2011 (updated below) Jonah Lehrer, who writes The Frontal Cortex for Wired magazine, gave a Convocation address at Earlham on Monday.  (He also wrote the books How We Decide and Proust was a Neuroscientist.) Here’s a snippet of … Continue reading

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Hazing: This Time We Really Mean It?

August 24, 2011 In today’s New York Times, Cornell University President David Skorton pledges to end fraternity hazing.  I’m more than a little puzzled.  As he acknowledges, “Hazing has been formally prohibited at Cornell since 1980 and a crime under … Continue reading

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