Monthly Archives: June 2011

Meanings: Assyrian

June 14, 2011 Unaccountably, Tim McLarnan teaches mathematics at Earlham and raises splendid children in his spare time, rather than devoting himself to being what he was clearly cut out to be, this generation’s S. J. Perelman or Robert Benchley.  … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Earmark”

June 13, 2011 From Inside Higher Education: Earmarks in a New Form? “Remember how the Republican-led House of Representatives was going to eliminate earmarks? According to The Boston Globe, the House has allowed hundreds of millions of special authorizations (which … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Penultimate”

June 12, 2011 From Frazz, June 6, 2011: It’s hard for a kid in school to learn the value of diplomacy: Mrs. Olsen is apparently not as dumb as she sometimes seems — though the direction of the difference is … Continue reading

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Learning: Do IQ Tests Matter?

June 11, 2011 Jonah Lehrer has a recent post on his blog, The Frontal Cortex, that recounts some recent research showing that some exercise may boost IQ.  (It’s also the subject of his recent column in the Wall Street Journal.) … Continue reading

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This Just In: Lectures Ineffective

June 10, 2011 “A more interactive, discussion- and quiz-based style of university teaching brings dramatic benefits to science learning, according to a new study.” Oh really?  I think we knew that — and have known it for years — at … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Politically Correct”

June 10, 2011 Johan Maurer, a friend (and a Friend, a Quaker) who now lives in Russia, wonders on his blog about “politically correct.” He asks, Am I right in observing that the terms “politically correct” and “politically incorrect” are … Continue reading

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Why Can’t We Afford Access?

June 9, 2011 I look at this chart and do not understand why we cannot provide more public support for young people from low and modest income families to go to college. We’re spending about $35 billion in FY11 on … Continue reading

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