That’s the only answer colleges ever provide when asked how much their students learn.
Sure, they acknowledge, it’s hard for students to find out what material individual courses will cover. So most students choose their courses based on a paragraph in the catalog and whatever secondhand information they can gather.
No, there’s isn’t an independent evaluation process. No standardized tests, no external audits, no publicly available learning evidence of any kind.
Yes, there’s been grade inflation. A-minus is the new C. Granted, faculty have every incentive to neglect their teaching duties while chasing tenure—if they’re lucky enough to be in the chase at all. Meanwhile the steady adjunctification of the professoriate proceeds.
Still, “trust us,” they say: Everyone who walks across our graduation stage has completed a rigorous course of study. We don’t need to systematically evaluate student learning. Indeed, that would violate the academic freedom of our highly trained faculty, each of whom embodies the proud scholarly traditions of this venerable institution.
Long, but very worth a read. An in depth examination of why comparisons to the civil rights movement really don’t have calls for current social media activism, especially with “high risk” activism.
One of the things I took away from this is the usefulness of “strong-tie” networks, that is people you actually know in person. I mean, I knew that most of my facebook, twitter, and online (only) friends would count as weak tie friends, or what we used to call acquaintances. Now not all of them are, but most would count as such. As such it’s clear that social media is built around weak ties, as it helps them monetize you better (to be cynical), or at least it offers “rewards” for keeping over-large sets of connections.
The take away is that social media activism helps with status quo issues. If that’s enough for you, great. But for activism that changes the world, you need strong ties, and those only seem to come from centralized, organized institutions and movements.
This explains more than the previous WSJ article, and allows a bit more wriggle room for “western-style” parenting. However, it does seem clear (to me and to psychologists) that coddling your children, or at the very least, overindulging them risks poorer performance. Inculcating self-discipline should rank higher up on many parent’s radars and they shouldn’t back away from the sterner measures that are required in order to do so.
Firmer parenting won’t fix the education system in the US, but it would be a much better start than we have now. Parents who loudly complain that their kid’s schools are terrible might want to consider putting in some work themselves rather than endlessly complaining. You’re empowered as well; you can teach your kids.
It could be that I was homeschooled, but I know that if more parents got involved in the education of their children, even if it’s just insisting that work gets done in front of them, that kids would learn more and respect school more.
Well, this confirms just about what I know. Not that many people pirate, and those that do are those that tend to be cash strapped, ie the youngest (13-17/18-25). One could even say that the reason that the 18-25 band pirates the most was that their youth was the time where digital music just arrived, and there were no easy legal options for purchase.
It would be useful to track current 13-17 year old’s music purchasing patterns to see if the piracy trend is actually decreasing as the current wave of college and recent post-college graduates move on to (hopefully) paying positions. If piracy is age specific, then we should see the rate of piracy in youth (13-17) stay steady and increase in the college-aged population. If instead there is a certain population group that ‘did’ piracy, then the number of 13-17 year olds should decrease over time (but not to 0).
Since this is a Warner Music study, one could even say that this is a pessimistic analysis. But because it agrees mostly with data from Europe and from recent academic work on file-sharing, I’d say that this data is pretty accurate (given that any of this data is correct). As such, I see no real reason for the music labels to continue pushing for their three-strikes laws, nor for lawmakers to force the removal of privacy from the internet.
This is fantastic news! Too bad it got partially disturbed before the professionals were able to begin excavations. But yeah, the (mostly undisturbed) tomb of Caligula? Maybe there’ll be another side of him that comes out through this.