An Unusual Experience

“Liberals, You Are Not As Smart As You Think” by Gerard Alexander is the first article in the NYTIMES that I agree with completely. It’s a weird feeling to see something one thinks being said in the press.

What Do Students Look Like?

Should colleges and universities notify parents when a student is clearly troubled?College officials generally treat students as adults, and officials say that they are constrained by privacy laws. But there are exceptions to those laws, such as a health emergency. And around the country, there are growing questions about when educators should, in fact, call home.

Here is the question, though. If you do start notifying about students suffering from depression, anxiety, etc., whom do you notify if the student is 35? Or 60? I doubt it’s legal to institute a rule where different age groups are treated differently.

Most people have a very unrealistic image of what students look like because the only kind of students featured in news stories are 18-year-olds from upper-middle-class families. Nobody ever talks about how many college students, for instance, are adults with children of their own. What is constantly discussed as issues that matter to students are things that only a small minority knows about.

The media seem fascinated by college students, but it’s a completely unrealistic image of students that they obsessively discuss.

Sunday Link Encyclopedia

I’m sure refugees are deeply grateful to have such respectful, serious advocates.

This is the most ridiculous, stupid and counterproductive mother’s day ad ever.

Ian McEwan gets a C+ for an analysis of his own novel. It’s not as big of a deal as people make it sound. Writers tend to be as good at analysing their own work as surgeons are at operating on themselves.

A single study that the Wikipedia cited 2,8 million times. It’s easy to guess its subject before even seeing the link.

It’s even kind of touching to see how desperately The Nation fellates the Russians.

I had no idea Julia Kristeva was a snitch. Everything else about her stinks, too. Unfortunately, one is often forced to cite her by forces beyond one’s control.

On turning 40: I love such posts by happy, wonderful people. Happy birthday!

Not very recent but fun. A middle-aged woman pretended to be a high school cheerleader.

Is there administrative bloat in academia?