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School Vouchers Part Two

In the previous essay, I considered some of the arguments in favor of school vouchers. I now continue the discussion. Another set of arguments focus on the choice aspect, that vouchers allow parents to select education that best fits their children and education that will cultivate values. For example, choice proponents claim that vouchers (and [More]

Racist jokes may be worse than racist statements

Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse tells her father, “Mr. Knightley loves to find fault with me, you know—in a joke—it is all a joke.” Mr. Knightley isn’t joking, as he and Emma know; he presents his criticisms without a hint of jocularity. But if Emma persuades Mr. Woodhouse to believe Mr. Knightley is joking, he “would not suspect such a circumstance as her not being thought perfect by everyone.” A little over 200 years after Emma was published, the comedian Roseanne Barr defended a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s former adviser, in a further tweet, “It’s a joke—”. The post Racist jokes may be worse than racist statements appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhy Robinson Crusoe is really an urban taleExplaining Freud’s concept of the uncannyIs it right to use intuition as [More]

Political Survey of the Academy

If all goes as planned by the Republicans who control the government, my adopted state of Florida will require an annual survey of the political beliefs of students at faculty at public universities. This survey is not occurring in isolation. Trump recently signed an executive order aimed at enforcing “free inquiry” on campus and complaints [More]

Report on the APA 2013 Graduate Guide: Attrition and Placements from MA Programs

An analysis and report by Philosophy News on the data contained in The American Philosophical Association's (APA) 2013 Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy. In this report on master's programs, we look at findings such as how many students graduated from or left programs, the average attrition and completion percentages for schools, and the types of work students find after graduating. [More]

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