articles tagged: academia
when academia is behind the real world
# tech

when academia is behind the real world

In most fields, bleeding edge research is conducted in academic labs, not corporate bullpens. In computer science, that's often not the case.

why tenure should never, ever be abolished
# education

why tenure should never, ever be abolished

Tenure is not a magical keep-your-job-forever-no-matter-what card. It's vital protection for scientists whose research might not sit well with ideologues and partisan tribalists on college boards.

why standardized testing is ruining education
# education

why standardized testing is ruining education

No Child Left Behind's series of tests was supposed to help American education. It did the exact opposite.

no, computers can’t be trusted with math’s future
# tech

no, computers can’t be trusted with math’s future

A widely covered article about math confuses readers by equating volume of proof and code with quality of proof and code to imply that computers will take over math as a discipline.

why companies and colleges aren’t working together
# education

why companies and colleges aren’t working together

Companies need colleges to educate their next generation of workers. Yet they're refusing to work with them, or even train their employees for that matter.

and now, a reminder about post-modernism
# oddities

and now, a reminder about post-modernism

Even a cursory glance at post-modernism shows that it's basically just trendy nonsense. Emphasis on nonsense.

college advice, pretentious posturing included
# education

college advice, pretentious posturing included

William Deresiewicz would like to lift up the humanities by tearing down STEM, with a little casual racism and xenophobia on top for good measure.

academics double down on their defense
# education

academics double down on their defense

Colleges are being confronted about the mixed outcomes of their graduates and they're not taking the feedback seriously.

how tone is becoming the new censorship
# science

how tone is becoming the new censorship

Egged on by cranks and quacks, the media seems obsessed with how nice someone is instead of whether what they're saying makes any sense.