ArchiveFebruary 2015

Asians turn against affirmative action

“Let’s talk about Asians,” she says. Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race is worth. She points to the first column. African Americans received a “bonus”...

Why charter school opponents are clueless: you can’t argue with evolution

The new numbers are out: almost 3 million kids are now enrolled in 6,700 charter schools across the U.S. According to the report, if we don’t include charters that opened in Fall 2014, 4% of all charters were closed down last year (223/(6,732-501)). Why did they close down? Simple: charter school opponents have ensured that charter schools face far more scrutiny in terms of how they operate...

Why are universities full of fascists?

This question often leaps to mind when I read about the lack of free speech and exchange of ideas at the modern university. Wendy Kaminer provides a succinct explanation in the Washington Post. How did we get here? How did a verbal defense of free speech become tantamount to a hate crime and offensive words become the equivalent of physical assaults? You can credit — or blame — progressives for...

Beware of Richard Dawkins

Yanky felt immense relief after he confessed [his atheism] to his wife – he had felt like he was betraying her. ‘It was making me nuts,’ he said. He told her on Tisha B’Av – a fast day commemorating the destruction of the temple and the end of the Jewish Empire, because, as Yanky put it: ‘It was a good time to suffer, you know? She suffered a lot. She wasn’t too happy. She’s still upset.’ The way...

I knew emotional intelligence was bad

However, in jobs that involved fewer emotional demands, the results reversed. The more emotionally intelligent employees were, the lower their job performance. For mechanics, scientists, and accountants, emotional intelligence was a liability rather than an asset. Although more research is needed to unpack these results, one promising explanation is that these employees were paying attention to...

Data on anti-Semitism

Kevin Drum notes the divergent trends (U.S. vs. worldwide) of anti-Semitic incidents.Yet another reason to be glad you’re an American:

Why college isn’t always worth it

Regardless of your opinion of the study’s methods, it only feeds the public perception that college has been oversold, and may not be worth the cost. So more bad news for higher ed, as this appears in a major newspaper:

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