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Say Goodbye to Law Schools: and Credentials More Generally

Law school applications have gone off a cliff. Just look at this statistic from today’s NY Times. As of this month, there were 30,000 applicants to law schools for the fall, a 20 percent decrease from the same time last year and a 38 percent decline from 2010, according to the Law School Admission Council.…Read more Say Goodbye to Law Schools: and Credentials More Generally Posted on 31 January 2013 | 2:52 pm

Marilyn Monroe

  Posted on 31 January 2013 | 12:33 pm

Bowling Green Cuts 11% of its Faculty

There is a petition going circulating asking Bowling Green University to rescind its decision to cut 11% of its faculty—nearly 100 positions—while simultaneously planning to increase enrollment. The petition reads: Slashing faculty numbers while planning to increase enrollment by 6,000 students (as you publicly announced in 2012) will greatly diminish BGSU’s position as one of…Read more Bowling Green Cuts 11% of its Faculty Posted on 30 January 2013 | 11:52 am

An Army of Pensioners

When people talk about the cost of entitlements or pensions, there is often a whiff of condescension, as if government employees don’t deserve their benefits. Often forgotten is the fact that private pensions are underfunded as well, and they are insured by the federal government. And now we are told that the military may have…Read more An Army of Pensioners Posted on 30 January 2013 | 11:09 am

John Godfrey Saxe on Thinking

“At Learning’s fountain it is sweet to drink, But ’tis a nobler privilege to think.” -John Godfrey Saxe   Posted on 29 January 2013 | 11:50 am

For the Sake of What is New

“Exactly for the sake of what is new and revolutionary in every child, education must be conservative; it must preserve this newness and introduce it as a new thing into an old world.” -Hannah Arendt, The Crisis in Education In the central and perhaps most provocative passage of her essay on The Crisis in Education…Read more For the Sake of What is New Posted on 28 January 2013 | 12:33 pm

Labor of Love

China has embraced the idea of a Western college education in a big way.  As the NY Times reported recently, the country is making a $250 billion-a-year investment designed to give millions of young Chinese citizens a college education. “Just as the United States helped build a white-collar middle class in the late 1940s and…Read more Labor of Love Posted on 25 January 2013 | 1:51 pm

The Rationality of Breaking the Rules

Controversy is raging around Thomas Friedman’s column today advising the presumptive Secretary of State John Kerry to “break all the rules.” In short, Friedman—known for his faithful belief that technology is making the world flat and changing things for the better—counsels that the U.S. ignore hostile governments and appeal directly to the people. Here’s the…Read more The Rationality of Breaking the Rules Posted on 24 January 2013 | 4:13 pm

Literary Shading

Posted on 24 January 2013 | 10:55 am

Margarethe von Trotta on Hannah Arendt

Germany’s Deutschlandfunk Radio program recently broadcast an interview with Margarethe von Trotta about her new film “Hannah Arendt.” The film is now set to be released on May 29 in the U.S. by Zeitgeist Films. The Hannah Arendt Center will be hosting an opening night screening at the Film Forum in NYC. More information to…Read more Margarethe von Trotta on Hannah Arendt Posted on 24 January 2013 | 10:09 am