Chronicle of Higher Education – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:59:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 Cheaper by the dozen http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/13/cheaper-by-the-dozen/ Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:06:48 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3622 There is a difference between being anti-intellectual and being anti-intellect, and this is where Russell Jacoby foundered, in his essay last year about the lack of intellectualism among conservatives. As Peter Lawler notes, it’s shoddily done for want of defining terms, which is a frequent flaw in Chronicle of Higher Ed essays about conservatism. There …

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The cowardice of the Chronicle http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/05/09/the-cowardice-of-the-chronicle/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/05/09/the-cowardice-of-the-chronicle/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 12:58:04 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3406 So The Chronicle of Higher Education has seen fit to fire Naomi Schaefer Riley for criticizing the state of what passes for “Black Studies” in American universities. There’s no need to break that down here, Jonathan Last has a telling analysis of what motivated the firing, namely, the Chronicle’s decidedly left-wing readers and staff writers …

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On Conservatives as Rapists http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/28/on-conservatives-as-rapists/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/01/28/on-conservatives-as-rapists/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 14:10:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3336 It used to be required, of an intellectual seeking to hold forth on an idea, that he define his terms. Words are slippery things, after all. But then so are intellectuals, and perhaps this is why they often play faster and looser with terms than a backwoods car salesman. Corey Robin doesn’t have a car …

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On the conservative as warmonger http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/27/on-the-conservative-as-warmonger/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/10/27/on-the-conservative-as-warmonger/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 03:50:45 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2917 The problem with political science professor Corey Robin’s claim that warmongering is woven into the DNA of conservatives is that he can’t seem to define his subject. One minute a conservative is a Burkean, the next he’s a tea-partier, then a neocon, then a Republican politico. Richer still, Robin represents these British-American country-clubbing anti-marxist quasi-literate …

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Suffer in silence, please http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/09/03/suffer-in-silence-please/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/09/03/suffer-in-silence-please/#comments Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:58:57 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2606 It just never gets old, the article by an academic detailing all the work that academics have to do. Rob Faunce offers the latest installment: We have to plan for our courses weeks in advance. We have papers to grade. Students to counsel. Department meetings to attend. One thing I’ve learned, in my stints across …

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The NCAA’s hypocrisy http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/08/07/the-ncaas-hypocrisy/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/08/07/the-ncaas-hypocrisy/#comments Sat, 07 Aug 2010 15:58:41 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2572 Here’s a shocking bit of news: rather than go with calls for coaches to have their performance evaluations tied to the graduation rate of their players, the NCAA has opted for a metric that sounds valuable, but instead simply measures how good a school is at making sure its players stay eligible to play. Which …

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