Category Archives: Education

How to Teach the American Civil War

Last night I finished reading Dudley Taylor Cornish’s The Sable Arm: Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865, a history of the United States Colored Troops (USCT), and it has dramatically changed my view on how to teach the American Civil … Continue reading

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Starting Your PhD – Using and Choosing Your Software: Reference Management

Part 2 of a 2-part series on academic software: Reference Management Reference management software is a program that offers some combination of note taking and bibliography building. For Mac, I use Third Street Software’s Sente. For PC as well as … Continue reading

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Starting Your PhD: Using and Choosing Your Software

It’s September, and that means that another class of PhD candidates will be entering university to embark on a research project that will take up anywhere from three years to a decade’s worth of their time and effort. Doing a … Continue reading

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The Problem of the 15K-BA

Ross Douthat and Justin Green are both enthusiastic about the idea from Red State’s Eric Erickson for a $15,000 bachelors degree. The idea for a 15K-BA comes from Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has called for a $10,000 bachelor degree in … Continue reading

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Bad Idea of the Day: College Venture Capital

Sometimes, people will concoct ever more elaborate proposals as a way of avoiding what is directly in front of their faces. Case in point: today’s New York Times op-ed by Luigi Zingales in which he proposes scrapping federal student loans … Continue reading

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The 800% Gorilla in the Room

A report in today’s Washington Post says that overall student loan debt has increased from $100 billion in 2001 to $867 billion in 2011, an increase of nearly 800% in a single decade. (The WaPo story says 2010-2011, but the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Was Robin Williams the Villain of Dead Poets Society?

Before you say anything, yes, I am aware that Dead Poets Society came out over twenty years ago, and yes, I am aware that it stars Robert Sean Leonard, who does not appear to have aged a day as Dr. … Continue reading

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