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A piece on a flipped classroom experiment

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/the-post-lecture-classroom-how-will-students-fare/279663/

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Filed under: Higher Education Policy,

Wild Orangutan Males Plan and Communicate Their Travel Direction One Day in Advance

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0074896

Filed under: Animals,

Dennett on Pinker

http://www.edge.org/conversation/dennett-on-weiseltier-v-pinker-in-the-new-republic

Filed under: Humanities, ,

The Progressivist Instrumentalization of Science

Without taking a stance on the central theses of postmodernism, this much is possible: those who seek to make science into a progressive handmaiden will one day rue the day that they instrumentalized it in the first place. Science is best when it’s left alone and allowed to speak for herself. There is value, yes, to beginning with a bias and attempting to prove it or disprove it…we know that this can also lead to good science (and what fool wants to argue in favor of a truly unbiased method?). But when we already know how we will seek to use our findings we are starting off with a flawed methodology.

By my lights, then, this gets both postmodernism and science wrong.

Filed under: Critical Theory, , , ,

Are tenured instructors better teachers?

Provocative study, but limited findings: http://chronicle.com/article/Ad-juncts-Are-Bet-ter/141523/

Filed under: Higher Education Policy, , ,

Higher education finance articles

This iteration of the debate begins with this Washington Post series: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/26/introducing-the-tuition-is-too-damn-high/

This Matt Reed piece unfavorably responds to Matthews: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/theory-too-damn-thin

Another response here: http://cedarsdigest.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/simple-general-solutions-to-college-problems-just-add-data/

Filed under: Higher Education Policy, ,

Another piece on Pinker’s defense of scientism

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114548/leon-wieseltier-responds-steven-pinkers-scientism

Filed under: Epistemology, Science, , ,

Strawman Epistemology

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/another-canard-dispelled-is-science-a-faith/

This blog is what happens when people try to do philosophy of science without a thorough grounding in analytic epistemology.

The entire site is a strawman.

Filed under: Epistemology, , ,

Lumina Foundation’s Latest

http://www.air.org/files/Higher_Education_Pays_Sep_13.pdf – the four lessons of the report

Lesson 1: Some Short-Term, Higher Education Credentials Are Worth as Much as Long-Term Ones

Lesson 2: Where You Study Affects Earnings—But Less Than Usually Thought

Lesson 3: What You Study Matters More Than Where You Study

Lesson 4: The S in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is Oversold

Filed under: Higher Education Policy, ,

Faith, science, and truth

http://blogs.plos.org/scied/2013/09/02/why-i-dont-believe-in-science-and-students-shouldnt-either/

Filed under: Epistemology, Philosophy, , ,