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Student Anti-Intellectualism and the Dumbing Down of the University

Lower standards and grade inflation make campuses safe for students who have little hunger for knowledge, little love of learning, and almost no appetite for hard work. Although students have many reasons for going to college, a very large number–71.3 percent of the entering class of 1995–do so not to enrich their minds but their pocketbooks. “The only reason most of us are going to school is society says, ‘this…

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'Finding out the name of Joe Wilson's wife'

‘Finding out the name of Joe Wilson’s wife’ (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Something has been bothering me all day. Either the front-page flap over the ‘outing’ of a CIA operative is a farce, or sloppy reporting is contributing to the FUD factor. The controversy involves the charge that someone in the Bush administration leaked the identity of CIA operative (undercover agent currently serving in a hostile country? desk-bound Beltway analyst?) Valerie Plame,…

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Homework: An Easy Load?

A new Brookings Institution report debunks the popular notion that U.S. schoolchildren suffer from a growing homework load, and do not have enough time to play and just be kids. According to data analyzed by the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings, the great majority of students at all grade levels now spend less than one hour studying on a typical day?an amount that has not changed substantially in…

9th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition

For the last nine years, the readers of the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.int-fiction have held a yearly interactive fiction competition. For fans of the old Infocom games as well as for newcomers to the genre, the competition is a chance to enjoy some of the best short adventure games available anywhere. –9th Annual Interactive Fiction CompetitionIFcomp.org) Among the prizes are two $500 cash awards! You can download the games for free…