Posts Tagged ‘Academia’

July 19th, 2016 - 10:40 am § in Misc., UW

In the STEM era, do they really still teach Latin?

David Brewster One part of university humanities that is not declining, including at UW, is classics. The likely reason is all the attention classics profs pay to high school teachers, producing a trickle-up pattern for the humanities. Most other humanities departments look down their noses at high [...]

July 17th, 2016 - 8:41 am § in Misc.

Academic Cowardice

PROFESSORS are at it again, demonstrating in public how little they understand the responsibilities and limits of their profession. By STANLEY FISH    On Monday a group calling itself Historians Against Trump published an “Open Letter to the American People.” The purpose of the letter, the[...]

September 27th, 2014 - 9:42 am § in America, Schools & Colleges

Shall We End Tenure?

The President of the UW AAUP, Rob Wood,  addressed the non tenure issues at UWB and UWT as a labor issue.  (see below) I suggest that he is missing the point. There are two critical questions :   1. Are UWB and UWT vocational schools or research campuses?  Despite the quality of faculty at[...]

April 7th, 2014 - 4:56 am § in Misc., Science

Knowsitall Award: James Watson on His 86th Birthday

  Today we award the Knowsitall Award for Academic Arrogance to James Watson for his amazing success in taking credit for the work of Rosalind Franklin. There is a general misunderstanding about the Nobel Prize.  The award os not given for the scientist, but for the discovery and only for a[...]

January 8th, 2013 - 2:49 pm § in Misc.

Academic Arrogance: of profs and lawyers

The philosopher Foucault pointed out that knowledge and power are so intimately related that we cannot really think about them separately.  Sadly, Foucault missed the point shown by the career of Herman Knowsitall. Often. especially in business. peope in power .. the bosses .. insist that they know[...]

May 21st, 2012 - 10:58 am § in Schools & Colleges

How to Fire Professors

from Inside Higher Education: On July 19, 2009, Edward T. Larkin, a professor of German at the University of New Hampshire, drove his motorcycle down Route 101 to the Market Basket in Milford. He pulled into the parking lot behind a car in which a 17-year-old girl was driving her mother. Larkin park[...]