Archive for the ‘Debunk an Academic Myth’ category

History doesn’t have the best memory

2011/05/28

The Second World War: While often remembered as “the Good War” in Western historical memory, it sure had a lot of not so good things happen in it. Contentious debate has arisen over the memory of the war (what we learn in school, and what we see in Steven Spielberg productions) versus what actually happened. For example:

From the top: An invading Nazi army? Nope, that’s the Red one – heading into Poland in 1939 to help Hitler carve up the country. Stalin was, of course, an ally of Nazi Germany until the Soviet Union was invaded in June of 1941. The next one: A starved civilian in German or Japanese occupied territory? Nope, that’s an image from the famine in British India in 1943. And the next: That’s the German city of Hamburg after the Allies bombed it to bits. The bottom picture is from Berlin in 1945, after Germany’s surrender.

Is World War II Still ‘the Good War’?
By ADAM KIRSCH
May 27, 2011, The New York Times

When a university degree just isn’t enough

2011/05/09

So the other day, the most important (and only) writer for this very blog was interviewed by the Globe and Mail for an article on the merit of a Bachelor of Arts degree.  So before starting with the jokes, here’s the article. And by the way, whatever “hilarious” jokes you think of, from getting a job at McDonald’s to making a really good latte – they’re already in the comments section.

“When a university degree just isn’t enough” by James Bradshaw. The Globe and Mail, 9 May 2011

debunk an academic myth

2010/12/21

Want the honor of putting the letters “d” and “r” in front of your name without having to go to medical school?

Well, if so you should probably read this article in the Economist first:

The Disposable Academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time

A Faustian Bargain is Never a Good Deal

2010/11/23

The president of SUNY Albany recently cut funding to the university’s arts and humanities programmes. Gergory Petsko has written a scathing open letter to the president for this decision. For those that might think Petsko is just an angry drama teacher who is mad he’s lost his job – he isn’t. He’s a real life scientist. I’m guessing he has beakers and a lab coat and everything.  

“A Faustian Bargain: An open letter to George M Philip, President of the State University of New York At Albany,” by Gregory A Petsko:

http://genomebiology.com/2010/11/10/138

Universities are down at the crossroads

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Cunning Academic Cheating is the New Black

2010/11/18

Fill in the blanks:

“A close consideration of the events which occurred in ____ during the ____ demonstrate that ____ had entered into a phase of widespread cultural, social, and economic change that would define ____ for decades to come.”

Look familiar? Here you have a formula that could apply to many, many, essays written in university. Turns out they all may be by the same person.

photo credit to the Chronicle Review

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