critical reasoning
Follow
Find
1.9K views | +1 today
 
Scooped by iPamba
onto critical reasoning
Scoop.it!

From Quebec to Catalonia, the nationhood dream is in the DNA

From Quebec to Catalonia, the nationhood dream is in the DNA | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Secessionist movements are breaking out all over. It helps to know the history (and the numbers)
more...
No comment yet.

From around the web

critical reasoning
Informed, openminded, fairminded, courageous, creative
Curated by iPamba
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Teens and tech: what happens when students give up smartphones?

Teens and tech: what happens when students give up smartphones? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A recent project challenged young people to go cold turkey on using digital devices for a week. The results suggest compulsion – not addiction – is the issue
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground

41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
New analysis of data conducted by human rights group Reprieve shared with the Guardian, raises questions about accuracy of intelligence guiding ‘precise’ strikes
iPamba's insight:

The Guardian reports that the brother of Giovanni Lo Porto, a hostage killed by US drone strikes told La Repubblica, “I do not have much to add. Obama has apologised? Thanks.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Essay on the divide between faculty members and the ed tech industry | InsideHigherEd

Essay on the divide between faculty members and the ed tech industry | InsideHigherEd | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
March 24, 2015
By
David G. Halsted
Half a century ago, C. P. Snow’s The Two Cultures pointed to a growing gap between the sciences and the humanities. Despite similar levels of education and similar socioeconomic origins, he wrote, scientists and literary intellectuals “had almost ceased to communicate at all.” In Snow’s view, the different perspectives could have sparked an enormously creative conversation, but the communities were too isolated for such a conversation to take place, and members of both cultures were the poorer for it.
Many would argue that the gap between the disciplines that concerned Snow is still with us. But in higher education that gap has been supplemented by a new divide, one that is perhaps even more threatening to the future stability and prosperity of academic culture as a whole. This is the gap between the worldview of college and university faculty on the one hand and that of the information technology sector on the other. 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Conservatives seek to align postsecondary and labour market with budget measures

Conservatives seek to align postsecondary and labour market with budget measures | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
University and college education should pay closer attention to the labour market, the federal government signalled in its budget, one that promises future funding to integrate business needs with postsecondary education and takes steps to make college programs more accessible.

Industry and business will gain access to $65-million to work “with willing post-secondary institutions to better align curricula with the needs of employers.”

 

“One of the things we are working towards is making sure we have the right labour for industry needs ... I think one of the things this program is aimed at doing is minimizing a mismatch,” said Wendy Therrien, the vice-president of government relations and Canadian partnerships at Colleges and Institutes Canada."

iPamba's insight:

It may appear that the primary purpose of education is to provide industry and business with labour that hits the ground running - let the market decide...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Berkeley study finds high levels of depression among graduate students | InsideHigherEd

Berkeley study finds high levels of depression among graduate students | InsideHigherEd | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Among the Ph.D. students, the highest rate of apparent depression was in arts and humanities fields -- 64 percent. That's much higher than the rates found in the biological or physical sciences and engineering (all in the 43-46 percent range), the social sciences (34 percent) and business (28 percent).
Based on the responses, the research found 10 factors that appear related to how the graduate students view their lives:
Career prospects
Overall health
Living conditions
Academic engagement
Social support
Financial confidence
Academic progress and preparation
Sleep
Feeling valued and included
Adviser relationship
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

The Obscene Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore

The Obscene Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Years of abuses are every bit as egregious as what the Department of Justice documented in Ferguson, Missouri, and as deserving of a national response.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

For Those Without One, College Degrees Are Seen as Important but Too Expensive

For Those Without One, College Degrees Are Seen as Important but Too Expensive | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
People lacking a higher education overwhelmingly agree it’s needed to get a good job, a study finds. But they don’t necessarily see it as essential to them individually.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday 22 April, 2015

US survey finds that those without a degree see PSE as necessary but too expensive
A new report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) suggests that for Americans without degrees, PSE is seen as being important but not affordable. AEI surveyed 1,500 people in the US who did not have degrees. 84% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that some form of PSE was necessary in order to get a good job. However, 43% said that they were satisfied with their own level of education. 60% agreed or strongly agreed that PSE was worth the cost, though high cost was cited as the top reason why people did not enrol in college. The study also suggested that respondents did not have a good understanding of the actual cost of college; 51% overestimated the cost and 28% were unable to provide any estimate at all. The Chronicle of Higher Education | Full Report
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Footing the bill - students shouldn't have to pay to attend college and university - new Canadian poll

Footing the bill - students shouldn't have to pay to attend college and university - new Canadian poll | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

More than half of Canadians think university and college tuition should be free, a new poll released exclusively to The London Free Press reveals.

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday 22 April, 2015

Poll finds that most Canadians think students shouldn't have to pay for PSE
A new Canadian poll has found that the majority (53%) of respondents believe students should not have to pay for PSE. Respondents that are less wealthy, or located in BC or Atlantic Canada were more likely to agree that PSE should be free for the majority of Canadians. In addition, 75% of respondents said they thought that having a diploma or degree led to a higher quality of life. However, only 6% said that Canada's PSE system contributed the most to quality of life, compared to the health care system, justice system, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Cape Breton University President David Wheeler recently called for a national debate on free education on Academica's Rethinking Higher Ed forum. London Free Press    
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Remembering the Armenian Genocide - The New Yorker

Remembering the Armenian Genocide - The New Yorker | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
In Turkey, for the first time in decades, it is possible to utter the words “Armenian genocide” without facing certain criminal prosecution.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

On what grounds should academic decisions be made? | University Affairs

On what grounds should academic decisions be made? | University Affairs | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"On what grounds should academic decisions be made?  I mean decisions about hiring, tenure, and promotion, decisions about curricula and standards, about styles of teaching, about admitting students? On academic grounds alone is one answer, the answer I favour.  Another answer is on grounds also of diversity, equity, or inclusiveness. So why not, when making academic decisions, try to increase diversity in the classroom and in the curriculum or try to bring more women and more people of colour into the professoriate?  Because when we turn away from academic criteria, we’re less likely to make the right academic decisions, and when we make the wrong academic decisions, we make it harder to serve our academic mission."

 

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Tuesday April 21, 2015

Academic decisions should be based on academic grounds, not policy enforcement

In an opinion piece for University Affairs, Mark Mercer considers on what grounds academic decisions should be made. Mercer says that one possibility is on academic grounds; a second, he says, is on the basis of diversity, equity, or inclusiveness. The latter approach, he says, is often enforced by administrative policy. However, he says that such policies "give deans a measure of oversight and control regarding what should, from an academic perspective, be department business." Mercer said there are good reasons to promote diversity within departments, but contends that faculty should be informed about these reasons and left to make decisions that above all serve the ends of teaching, research, and intellectual community, without administrative regulation. University Affairs

iPamba's insight:

We do not yet share a world where it is the norm to take merit for granted in relation to women and "people of colour." When we juxtapose "academic grounds" and "diversity, equity, or inclusiveness," we continue to entrench white male privilege and to marginalize women and people of colour as "the other." Consequently, employing or admitting "the other" will always be assumed to be a concession to special policies requiring a temporary digression from business as usual.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

George Lucas' affordable housing plans upset wealthy California neighbors

George Lucas' affordable housing plans upset wealthy California neighbors | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
After a career spent building worlds in a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas is turning his energies much closer to home.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now

The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world's aid money, there's a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

My mother wasn’t drunk – she had Parkinson’s | Jenni Murray

My mother wasn’t drunk – she had Parkinson’s | Jenni Murray | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The rudeness my mother faced in public made her severely depressed. We need to raise awareness of the disease to stop the cruelty endured by sufferers like her
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

The FBI Faked an Entire Field of Forensic Science

The FBI Faked an Entire Field of Forensic Science | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
For more stories like this, like Slate on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The Washington Post published a story so horrifying this weekend that it would stop your breath: “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

What's Wrong With Inequality?

What's Wrong With Inequality? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

By GARY GUTTING and ELIZABETH ANDERSON APRIL 23, 2015 6:55 AM

 

This interview, the third in a series on political topics, discusses philosophical ideas that underlie recent debates about inequality.  My interviewee is Elizabeth Anderson, a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of “The Imperative of Integration.” — Gary Gutting


GARY GUTTING: Public policy debates, particularly about economic issues, are often about how to treat people fairly. You argue for “democratic equality,” which says that treating people fairly requires treating them as equals. What do you mean by equality?

ELIZABETH ANDERSON: Talk about equality gets off on the wrong foot if we start from the assumption that it expresses an immediate moral demand to treat everyone the same. Of course, there are thousands of legitimate reasons why people may treat different individuals differently. What egalitarianism objects to are social hierarchies that unjustly put different people into superior and inferior positions.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

6 Simple Takeaways From 32 Years Of Teaching

6 Simple Takeaways From 32 Years Of Teaching | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Teacher Advice? A Teacher Reflects Back On 32 Years And Offers 6 Simple Nuggets Of Advice
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Why there are still far too few women in STEM - Macleans.ca

Why there are still far too few women in STEM - Macleans.ca | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Women are enrolling in science and engineering in record numbers, but rarely win awards and often leave the field. What’s happening?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Memo from Team Affleck - The New Yorker

Memo from Team Affleck - The New Yorker | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program.

—the Associated Press.

 

"We know that the documentary crew and megastar have gone back and forth on the relative who was a slave owner."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong

Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
When it comes to good eating habits, protein and fat are not your dietary enemies
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Reconciling differing education priorities can be a challenge for outcomes-based education initiatives

Reconciling differing education priorities can be a challenge for outcomes-based education initiatives | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Wednesday 22 April, 2015

Securing faculty support can be a challenge for outcomes-based education initiatives
A new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) emphasizes the important of securing faculty buy-in for the success of outcomes-based education (OBE). University of Toronto researcher Qin Liu examined 7 OBE initiatives at Ontario colleges and universities, including 5 institution-level initiatives, one faculty-level initiative, and one program-level initiative. She found that strong leadership as well as having the support of teaching and learning centres were important factors in the success of OBE initiatives, but that securing faculty buy-in was frequently a challenge. Liu says that some faculty are not convinced of the value of OBE, or have different priorities. HEQCO Summary | Full Report
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

OCAD sponsored H&M contest that will pay artist in gift cards and 'exposure' goes over about how you'd expect

OCAD sponsored H&M contest that will pay artist in gift cards and 'exposure' goes over about how you'd expect | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
'This contributes to the problem of artists not being paid for their work. I think, to some people, (art) seems superfluous and unnecessary, like something you do for fun'
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Is Bruges the most dementia-friendly city?

Is Bruges the most dementia-friendly city? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Shop-owners in the Belgian city make their customers with dementia feel welcome. What can UK towns and cities learn from its approach, embraced by businesses, communities and council?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

The Canadian Supreme Court, Unlike the United States’ Supreme Court, Understands That Sectarian Prayer Is Sectarian

The Canadian Supreme Court, Unlike the United States’ Supreme Court, Understands That Sectarian Prayer Is Sectarian | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Canada is often mocked as the Land of the Never-Setting Apologies, a place where other people’s feelings are prized over authenticity and people pound one another in secret with hockey sticks simply because they are so tired of saying sorry all the time. To which I have sometimes been known...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Conservationist murders threaten Costa Rica's eco-friendly reputation

Conservationist murders threaten Costa Rica's eco-friendly reputation | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The brutal murder of Jairo Mora, who was trying to protect endangered turtle eggs, was the latest in a string of crimes against environmentalists in the country. Many worry activists will stay away if poachers continue to go unpunished
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by iPamba
Scoop.it!

Why are black students tagged as troublemakers? - Futurity

Why are black students tagged as troublemakers? - Futurity | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A new study suggests teachers are likely to interpret students' misbehavior differently depending on race.
iPamba's insight:

What else is new?

more...
No comment yet.