Category Archives: Asides

That’s Education…I Mean, Entertainment

J.L. Wall has a brillant post on the…um “live demonstration” of a sex act at the end of a class at Northwestern University. It has got me thinking about how pastors, like professors entertain to keep people interested.

The other thoughts I have is that college was never so interesting in the late 80s, and upon first hearing this story my thoughts ran to a certain Monty Python skit.

Conservatives and Academia

Rufus S. from the League shares his take on the under-representation of conservatives in academia:

When people point to studies on race or the transgendered as proof of “liberal bias”, it’s unclear to me why conservatism as a political philosophy should be opposed to studying those topics. When they say, conversely, that “the classics” or “the Enlightenment” are no longer studied in academia, I read enough books and journals to know that they’re basically lying. When they cite a title like “Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl” as proof positive of what’s gone wrong with the profession, I wonder why they never read the whole article. There’s a bit of an anti-intellectual parlor game to it all. Pick a title and scoff. Certainly there are, as ever, some silly books written by academics. But I do think we need to avoid the common mistake of confusing the self-interested, cultural/aesthetic spites of the Babbitt class for a defense of culture.

Read it all.

Re-Centralizing Education

Over at A Blog of Rivals, wonk-to-be Tyler Craft proposes a way to fix America’s education system.  Here’s a sample:

To re-centralize education, the national government must adopt a comprehensive set of standards to which it will require all schools to adhere. These standards cannot be limited to improved math scores or reading scores, but should take a holistic approach that recognizes areas in which the United States already excels (things like preparing well-rounded, engaged students have been historic strengths of the U.S. although our ability to do this is slipping). Expectations are the foundation of a successful, competitive education system. Additionally, the national government should begin developing a plan for technical and vocational schools beginning at the high school level. This reset of the national agenda would help remove the stigma associated with such programs and progress the opportunities for people who choose this more career-oriented path. This would open up the door for colleges to raise their own expectations and curricula, as students would not feel forced down a college path.

He also has ideas for the state and local level and he explains what he means by “re-centralizing.”

That, and he explains why high school football coaches in Texas might want to start looking for part-time jobs to help make ends meet.

DADT Over For Now

Log Cabin Republicans explains:

Log Cabin Republicans are deeply disappointed by the Senate Majority Leader’s choice to invoke cloture on the National Defense Authorization Act without coming to an agreement on the amendment process, effectively locking Republicans out of the debate.

“There is no other way to describe it – today Senator Reid torpedoed repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Despite heroic efforts by Senator Susan Collins to craft a fair and reasonable process for debating one of the most important bills addressed by Congress every year, Senator Reid chose to turn his back on days of negotiation in favor of blaming Republicans for his failures. Today could have been a day of celebration for all Americans who support our servicemembers to serve both honorably and honestly. Instead, brave men and women will continue to serve under a failed and unconstitutional policy that has been firmly rejected by the American people, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Log Cabin Republicans are angered and disappointed, but we are fully committed to continuing the fight against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ by whatever means necessary. We are tremendously grateful to Senator Collins for her efforts, and look forward to the day when together we will see this statute erased. (Read on…)