In China, there are now more than 200 Waldorf elementary schools
, filled with the children whose parents are looking for a more child-centered alternative to the test-driven state education system
. Why can't Chinese schools be more like American schools? Meanwhile, in America, Stephen Pinker argues that Harvard and other elite universities are wasting their resources on athletes and musicians, and should select students by standardized test scores
, the way Chinese colleges do. Why can't American schools be more like Chinese schools?
Channel C WISC
is a YouTube channel where UW-Madison undergrads from China talk about the experience of being Chinese at a big public American university, with the aim of both helping newly arrived international students understand what's going on around them, and helping American students have some sense of what's going on with their Chinese classmates. Videos include "Why Chinese Students Don't Party,"
, "Chinese Names,"
, "Pretty Chinese Women"
, "Who are the Chinese Second Generation Rich?"
, "Why Chinese Students Don't Speak English,"
and many more.
Let's Show Them: We're NOT Going To War.
"WHY THE CONVOCATION? This is one of the most effective means for Wisconsin students to serve notice, along with 1,000,000 other students, that WE'RE NOT GOING TO WAR -- ever again!" A protest handbill from the University of Wisconsin, announcing a campus-wide peace demonstration, on April 11, 1940. From the UW Library's compendium of resources on protests and social action
at UW-Madison from 1910 through the end of the 20th century.
Sociologist Lauren Rivera of Northwestern spent two years researching
the way elite financial and law firms really select their new hires. The original paper is behind a sciencedirect paywall,
but Bryan Caplan has a nice write-up about the results
. You're much better off with a degree from a tippy-top school than just any Ivy -- but they don't actually care about what you learned there. Your grades don't matter that much as long as they're not bad. Climbing a famous mountain or making a varsity team, especially if you're nationally competitive, would be wise. And oh yeah -- they do care what you got on your SATs. More reax from the Chronicle of Higher Ed
and physicist Steve Hsu
Rarely is the question asked -- is our business majors learning
Every day in August 2010, the chin-scratching blog Bigthink will post a "Dangerous Idea"
supplied by one of its expert contributors. So far it has been suggested that we spike the water supply with lithium
, darken the atmosphere to blot out the Sun
, and leave lots of children behind
"I do math all day at Wal-Mart."
From the Washington Post: "Under a program announced Thursday, employees of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club will be able to receive college credit for performing their jobs, including such tasks as loading trucks and ringing up purchases." Dilution of the meaning of higher education, or laudable way to spread credentials to people without the opportunity to attend traditional college? Or both?