Aca-dumb-ia, Social Justice

“Respected Peer-Reviewed Journal” Falls For Ridiculous Hoax.

Whenever anyone points out being in a “peer-reviewed journal” as an indicator of an author’s veracity, just remember this story.

A piece on the “conceptual penis” published in the journal Cogent Social Sciences, self described as “a multidisciplinary open access journal offering high quality peer review across the social sciences: from law to sociology, politics to geography, and sport to communication studies. Connect your research with a global audience for maximum readership and impact.”

Source: A new academic hoax: a bogus paper on “the conceptual penis” gets published in a “high quality peer-reviewed” social science journal « Why Evolution Is True

Aca-dumb-ia, Big Government, Education

Massie Proposes Closing Federal Department of Education After Next Election

On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead.Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.

Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.

Why would he propose shutting it down on that specific date?  Oh, right, so Republicans running for the House and Senate can then use the issue as a campaign promise.  “Vote for us or the closing of the DOE which we promised will be stopped by evil Democrats!”

If Massie really believed that closing the DOE was a good idea, he would just propose doing it effective immediately.  Instead, he pushes it off far enough that he can get one more election out of it.

As I always ask, what does that tell you?

Source: GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education | TheHill

Aca-dumb-ia, Education

City Makes Specialized High School Test Easier

Because that’s how you ensure quality in admissions: lower the bar.

Major changes are coming to the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) in fall 2017.

The test, which hasn’t changed in two decades, is taken by eighth-graders seeking admission to Staten Island Technical High School, New Dorp; Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School, and six other specialized high schools in the city.

Among the changes announced this week:

  • It will now take three hours for students to complete, instead of two and a half.

  • The verbal section, now renamed the English Language Arts section, will no longer have scrambled paragraph or logical reasoning questions, which were not commonly taught in city high school classes.  Instead, it will focus on editing and revising sentences.

  • The math portion of the test will include five additional non-multiple choice questions where students have to show their work.

Source: City revises test for admission to Staten Island Tech, specialized high schools |