University affordability expert: Will current government reforms make any real difference to degree costs?
“Colleges have also used the gusher of taxpayer dollars to hire more administrators to manage their bloated bureaucracies and proliferating multicultural programs. The University of California system employs 2,358 administrative staff in just its president’s office.”
Thought for the day: Talent vs. success, and why talent matters more
Wolitzer: “We profess to love talent, and yet what we sometimes love more is the anointing that follows the revelation of talent. Hence the drama of Susan Boyle singing “I Dreamed a Dream”, which lay not as much in her performance, as in the reaction shots to it”
Could the memoirs you studied in school be fakes? Can you know?
“The vast majority of fake memoirs probably don’t get outed simply because they are not interesting, informative, or significant enough for anyone to bother.”
Humanities prof to trendy materialist psychologist Steve Pinker: Stop caricaturing us
English prof Geoff Shullenberger so advises materialist cognitive psychologist Steve Pinker. That’s somewhat like advising a vampire bat against night flight. If he takes your advice, his career is over. (Note: We could live with that.)”
Is careerism hurting the life of the mind?
“The context is that academics chose, decades ago, to be cool and well-paid (compared to the baggy-suited, penny-pinching prof of yore). But the Law of Cool is merciless … ”