Archives for 2012

If You Get Any Closer, You’d Be Me

I’d just read The Sound and the Fury and The Hamlet, and then started Wise Blood because I’d read an excerpt that was one of the funniest things I’d ever read. Those Southerners, you know. (I’m reading my way through my own Southern gothic course now–I’ll continue with Faulkner, then more O’Connor, and go from […]

File Under: The Law of Unintended Consequences, Cross-Referenced to Undesirable Outcomes

From the National Bureau of Economic Research, hat tip to Inside Higher Ed, an indication that overtesting is a no bueno.Ian Fillmore and Devin G. Pope of the University of Chicago studied student performance on the AP exam and found: . . . strong evidence that a shorter amount of time between exams is associated […]

Bad Teacher

You may have heard the gotcha NPR story about lighting a fire under teachers by giving them a bonus and threatening to take it away if students didn’t show measurable improvements in math: The teachers were given a bonus of $4,000 upfront — but it had a catch. If student math performance didn’t improve, teachers […]

Kick’em When They’re Up, Kick’em When They’re Down

. . . in the immortal words of Don Henley.Attacking poetry is nothing new, though back in the day it seemed like it might have been a fair fight.When Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley called poets “the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” poetry was still a brawny contender. Rich brewers might have snickered at Shelley […]

Education for All

The University of the People offers online tuition-free degree programs in business administration and computer science. General education classes in arts and sciences are part of the degree programs.More here.It’s back to Martha Nussbaum for me.