Letters

For Many Students, College Is Not a Good Investment

Comparing high-school graduates to college graduates is like comparing apples to oranges.

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The Chronicle Review

How Not to Fight Islamophobia

Where was the outrage when spying on mosques became commonplace, or when it became legal for the president to assassinate anyone he deemed an "imminent threat"?

Letters

Not All Court Rulings Consistent With 'Dear Colleague Letter'

Prior to 2011, the clear-and-convincing standard was widely used by colleges without any objection from the Office for Civil Rights.

Letters

Social Scientists Have Researched the Far Right for Decades

While a new center to study extremism is welcomed, we shouldn't forget the existing body of scholarship on the subject.

Commentary

Embracing Governance — and Efficiency

Not all faculty committees are created equal. But there are ways to make bad ones better, and to reward the efforts of the good ones.

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Commentary

Trustees: Pay Attention to the Mission Statement

On a college’s governing board, familiarity with that document, and sometimes a willingness to rewrite it, is crucial.

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Books

Weekly Book List, February 17, 2017

Descriptions of the latest titles, divided by category.

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The Chronicle Review

The Shaky Science of Microaggression

An Emory psychologist says the idea’s influence has outstripped the theory it’s based on.

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The Chronicle Review

College Is Too Late to Teach Free Speech

First Amendment values should be fostered in K-12.

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The Chronicle Review

'The Great Shame of Our Profession'

How the humanities survive on exploitation.

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The Chronicle Review

Why Great Critics Make Disastrous Judgments

Voltaire thought Shakespeare "a drunken savage," and Mencken dismissed Gatsby as an improbable "glorified anecdote."

Commentary

Reframing Faculty Criticisms of Student Activism

Instead of reacting negatively to students who mobilize for change, we should suppress our discomfort and recognize what they’ve gotten right.

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The Chronicle Review

A Philosopher of Otherness Dies When He’s Needed Most

Difference can inspire wonder or fear. For Tzvetan Todorov, it was the former.

Commentary

My ‘Dear Betsy’ Letter

The new secretary of education hasn’t reached out to the president of Macalester College for advice. But it could happen, he says, and he has some ideas.

Commentary

How Canceling Controversial Speakers Hurts Students

We don’t do our undergraduates any favors by shielding them from the views of the big bad conservatives beyond the ivory tower.

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The Chronicle Review

What It Feels Like to Live in Limbo

An arbitrary stroke of one man’s pen determines an immigrant’s fate.

Letters

Removal of Animal-Welfare Records Is Serious Blow to Accountability

Public scrutiny has been the primary means of making the government answer for its failure to enforce the Animal Welfare Act.

Commentary

Let Parents Be Parents

First-generation parents don’t need more instruction on the college process. Colleges need to require less of it.

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The Chronicle Review

Your Students Crave Moral Simplicity. Resist.

Colleges should reveal to students the world’s rich ethical complexities.

The Chronicle Review

The NAS Responds to Stanley Fish’s Critique

The National Association of Scholars defends its report on the New Civics.

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The Chronicle Review

Devout Atheists

In the 19th century, they generally lived in cowed silence. But a new book recalls a few who spoke out.

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Books

Weekly Book List, February 10, 2017

Descriptions of the latest titles, divided by category.

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Commentary

How Robots Will Save Liberal Education

They can’t take the jobs that require "relationship workers," who exhibit the valuable skills that a liberal education provides.