is now half done. Play the video full-screen, it’s a hoot.
Let’s just check the scoreboard here: Cal football and men’s basketball have the lowest graduation rates of any FBS school. Not PAC12, FBS: that’s national, baby! The football team is 1-10 and a 31-1/2 pt underdog for Saturday’s Big Game; MBB is not ranked in either poll for this year. The campus is on the […]
An interesting, but probably not immortal, Bacon sold for $142 million at auction yesterday. Note that it’s a tryptych, which might (depending on the droit d’integrité laws in effect where it winds up), be broken up and treated as three paintings, so maybe this wasn’t the high point being proclaimed: asterisk in the record books. […]
(ht: Walt Kelly): Is a barnacle a ship? This is messed up in so many ways. I understand resigning in protest against something your employer did, or asks you to do. I understand getting fired because you’re not with the program. But Bequette and Metcalf did the right thing “…generate a healthy exchange of ideas…” […]
This is vile, it stinks to heaven. I used to be pretty good at teaching public policy in a non-partisan manner (we have some of my former students reading this blog and if I’m wrong, don’t hold back) but the last decade or so has really cramped my style, hooboy. The insouciant cruelty of fat […]
I think it’s up there with Goya’s Desastros. Just go see it.
What we knew when the police and FBI started responding to the LAX shooting was that someone had walked into one of the terminals and shot several people. What the authorities did was to help the victims, check for a confederate, and secure the scene (Terminal 3), which sounds about right…and hold incoming flights to […]
What would a quality assurance program for teaching at the higher-education level look like? We don’t have one now, nor even much to build on, but perhaps there are analogous programs we could adapt or copy. I think there are, and I will suggest an approach below.
Bob Frank opens his reflections on teaching economics with a discouraging examination of how badly we get our students to understand the really wonderful content of his discipline. Why do educated people think it makes them appear witty to repeat a dumb bromide like “economists know the price of everything and the value of nothing”? […]
Really smart students are sort of a dime a dozen at my school; students who can finish in three years and get into graduate school, not so many. This guy obviously has some real chops; too bad for me he was in such a hurry and didn’t have time to take any of my courses! […]