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InsiderOnline Blog: February 2013

Brainstorming Academics

Control student behavior with chemicals, institute a faculty dress code, abolish big-time sports, ban writing in the first person, require students to engage in manual labor, and prohibit students from eating and drinking while studying. Those are some of the more provocative of the “One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education,” published recently by the National Association of Scholars to celebrate the 100th issue of its journal, Academic Questions.

Here are a few more ideas from the list worth considering: Vary interest rates on student loans according to students’ prospects of repaying, giving them a better incentive to study hard in school; make racial preferences in admission policies transparent; eliminate student evaluations which tend to reflect how much fun a professor’s class is, not how good the professor is at teaching; stop putting adherence to vocationally relevant orthodoxies ahead of the pursuit of truth; get rid of the journalism degree so that students who want to become journalists will first learn something about something; and ensure students learn “critical thinking” skills by requiring them to take a course in logic rather than courses in criticizing Western Civilization.

Read the whole list and you’ll have a good idea what academics themselves think is wrong with higher education.

Posted on 02/27/13 06:32 PM by Alex Adrianson

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