DNA Doc’s Shock: He’s a Big-got

Written by Josh Heerter on . Posted in Education, Posts

James Watson has been asked to step down. You know, Dr. James Watson, as in Watson and Crick, from your entry-level bio class, the co-winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for discovering the double-helix structure of DNA. Last week in London, Watson made some mildly controversial comments about the superior intelligence of people of European [&hellip
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University For Sale

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Education, Posts

Barnard College, which we guess could be dubbed Columbia University’s little sister school, is whoring itself out to any major corporation or private sponsor with enough dough to facilitate the school’s largest expansion yet. In a shameless push to raise $20 million, the women’s college is selling the naming rights for a 70,000-square-foot, five-story building [&hellip
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Columbia, Take A Page From Your Book

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Education, Posts

The New York Sun ran an article yesterday that put Columbia University back in the spotlight, so soon after slinking away beneath the shadow of the Iranian president’s visit last week. “A new documentary about censorship on college campuses claims that Columbia administrators demanded content review of all footage shot on its property in an [&hellip
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Racial Tensions Rising At Rutgers

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Education, Posts

Five months after Don Imus put the national spotlight on Rutgers University for calling their women’s basketball players “nappy-headed hos,” the New Jersey school has once again had its racial tensions roiled—this time from within. In a New York Times article about Rutgers emerging as a major powerhouse in Division-I athletics, tenured English professor William [&hellip
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Stuyvesant Students Take On Dark Lord

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Education, Posts

The New York Sun ran a mildly interesting article on the students of Stuyvesant High School yesterday. Yes, that’s the same education facility that brought you the cuddle puddle. No, this feature isn’t nearly as scary. Apparently, these better-than-average teens returned to school this year to find their principal, Stanley Teitel, transformed into Lord Voldemort—the [&hellip
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High School is War

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Education, Posts

According to City Comptroller William Thompson Jr., the city’s public high schools are neglecting to report serious incidents of violence (you got your rapes and stabbings) and otherwise disruptive behavior (somewhat more creative forms of assault). You know what that means: The following statistic may not be accurate, depending on whether the schools accurately reported [&hellip
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First-Graders Act Juvenile In Brooklyn

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Education, Posts

Here’s some breaking news: Elementary school children are immature and mean-spirited. I know, I know. It’s not exactly a revelatory statement. But the parents of a particular first-grader at P.S. 289 in Crown Heights are pretty pissed off about it. Sabria Govan is claiming that one of her classmates cut off her braids and snipped [&hellip
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They Tried to Make Me Go to Baghdad, and I said, “No, no, no!”

Written by Matt Elzweig on . Posted in Education, Posts

High schoolers may have been able to fend off their funny Uncle Sam this winter, but the NYCLU is not convinced that he’s gone for good. In January 2007, the Department of Defense (DoD) agreed to soften its military recruiting practices in high schools, in response to a lawsuit the NYCLU brought on behalf of [&hellip
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