Accuracy in Academia

Social Media Stains Nittany Lion Cubs

A pair of Penn State students are learning the hard way that social media makes it hard to grow up gracefully. “A Kuwaiti exchange student has apologized for anti-American comments that sparked social media outrage and a campus police investigation,” Mitchell Gunter reported in The …

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Bay State’s Common Core Blues

A new study from the Pioneer Institute in Boston shows that in Massachusetts, Common Core, like the world, is with us late and soon. Unfortunately, it’s got all the world’s drawbacks and none of its benefits. “The previous standard provided a coherent line-up of texts …

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Good News On Climate Change

Some of the global warming alarmists are moving to France. “In direct retaliation to the U.S. decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, French President Emmanuel Macron borrowed from President Trump’s famous political catchphrase as he doled out environmental research grants known as …

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AAUP Assaults Science, National Security & Academic Freedom

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has issued a report on “National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom” that might leave readers who have studied such matters scratching their heads. “The Trump administration’s alarming hostility to science has exacerbated already troubling threats …

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iGeneration @ Risk

Literally. “In two nationally representative surveys of U.S. adolescents in grades 8 through 12 (N = 506,820) and national statistics on suicide deaths for those ages 13 to 18, adolescents’ depressive symptoms, suicide-related outcomes, and suicide rates increased between 2010 and 2015, especially among females,,” …

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California Child Sues Private School Over Gender Assignment

There was a showstopping number in West Side Story called “I enjoy being a girl.” The heroine sang it: Those were the days. “Nikki Brar is a courageous seven-year-old child who told her family what she has long known to be true: that although she …

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Confusion Over Transgender Military Service

They better clear it up so that students know where to demonstrate. “The Defense Department has given the green light to allow transgender U.S. citizens to enlist into the armed forces, a move that flies in the face of the White House’s plan to ban …

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Antisemitism @ VT

Did antisemitism somehow become a job prerequisite in academia? “We are horrified by the reports that we are hearing from Virginia Tech students,” Jennifer Gross, an attorney with the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law says. “The problem is not just that …

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Deconstructing Agnosticism

For decades, many progressives would say they were agnostic and not atheistic. At least one philosopher is trying to close that escape valve. “To demand proof of love, of God, as the agnostic does, is to reject love and to reject God,” Thaddeus Kozinski of …

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Princeton Student Imprisoned in Iran

We frequently learn the hard way that for all of our conflicts over academic freedom, there is more of it in the United States than there is anywhere else. “Earlier this week word arrived that Princeton University history graduate student Xiyue Wang, sentenced in July …

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