Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With ‘Leadership’? | The Atlantic (2014)

Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With ‘Leadership’?; Tara Isabella Burton; In The Atlantic; 2014-01-22.
Teaser: What’s wrong with being a follower? Or a lone wolf?
Tara Isabella Burton is on a Ph.D. track as a Clarendon Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford; in the areas of theology & literature.

tl;dr → Because they can; because they need more “data.”  The English system is better, they’ve got this figured out already.  Europe, look to Europe for the answers.

Separately noted.

Tiger Cub Strikes Back: Memoirs of an Ex-Child Prodigy About Legal Education and Parenting | Peter H. Huang

Peter H. Huang (University of Colorado Law School); Tiger Cub Strikes Back: Memoirs of an Ex-Child Prodigy About Legal Education and Parenting; In 1 British Journal of American Legal Studies 297 (2012); 2011-11-11; 51 pages; ssrn:1958366.

Mentions

I am a Chinese American who at 14 enrolled at Princeton and at 17 began my applied mathematics Ph.D. at Harvard. I was a first-year law student at the University of Chicago before transferring to Stanford, preferring the latter’s pedagogical culture. This Article offers a complementary account to Amy Chua’s parenting memoir. The Article discusses how mainstream legal education and tiger parenting are similar and how they can be improved by fostering life-long learning about character strengths, emotions, and ethics.

Mentions

  • Amy Chua
  • tiger mom

Separately noted.

Harvard, Ivy League Should Judge Students by Standardized Tests | New Republic

The Trouble with Harvard; (Harvard); In New Republic; 2014-09-04.
Teaser: The Ivy League is broken and only standardized tests can fix it

SEO’ed as Harvard, Ivy League Should Judge Students by Standardized Tests

Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard. His book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Mentioned

  • liberal arts [is good]
  • <quote>I submit that if “building a self” is the goal of a university education, you’re going to be reading anguished articles about how the universities are failing at it for a long, long time. </quote>
  • Ron Unz,some sort of insinuation of racism against (or for) Asians at Ivy League admission control.
  • Camilla Benbow, a sociologist
  • David Lubinski, a sociologist
  • <quote>[Essayists] Stephen Jay Gould and Malcolm Gladwell, pushing a leftist or heart-above-head egalitarianism, </quote>
  • Caroline Hoxby, an economist.
  • <quote>The Ivy admissions sweepstakes may be irrational, but the parents and teenagers who clamber to win it are not.</quote>

Recently

Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League; (ex-Yale); In New Republic; 2014-07-21.
Teaser: Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies

William Deresiewicz; Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and The Way to a Meaningful Life, Free Press; 2014-08-19. He taught at Yale from 1998 to 2008.

Mentions

  • The purpose of an (elite) liberal arts education is …
    • To learn to think (this can be taught).
    • Something unspecified about “building a self.”
  • Admission control in the colleges is substantially lottery
  • There are lots of weird ways in which “diversity” is achieved; there are colorful names for these people (legacies, PQs, rounded, pointied, etc.)
  • Actual people run this stackrank system.

Previously

Adrian Wooldridge; Bell Curve Liberals How the left betrayed I.Q.; ; In New Republic; 1995-02-27, repurposed 2014-09-05.
Teaser: How the left betrayed I.Q.

Referenced in Pinker’s essay.

Mentions

  • Charles Murray, Richard J. Herrnstein; The Bell Curve; a book.
  • Intelligence Quotient (IQ) Testing
  • Education Act of 1944
  • Alfred Yates, a psychologist
  • Douglas Pidgeon, a psychologist

I Didn’t Tell Facebook I’m Engaged, So Why Is It Asking About My Fiancé? | The Atlantic

I Didn’t Tell Facebook I’m Engaged, So Why Is It Asking About My Fiancé?; ; In The Atlantic; 2012-03-14.

The Hiring Problem: Going Beyond Secretaries | Vassilvitskii et al.

The Hiring Problem: Going Beyond Secretaries; In Some Workshop, at Dagstuhl; WHEN?

  • Sergei Vassilvitskii (Yahoo!)
  • Andrei Broder (Yahoo!)
  • Adam Kirsch (Harvard)
  • Ravi Kumar (Yahoo!)
  • Michael Mitzenmacher (Harvard)
  • Eli Upfal (Brown)

Defending an Unowned Internet: Opportunities for Technology, Policy and Corporations | Berkman Center

BerkmanCenter; Defending an Unowned Internet: Opportunities for Technology, Policy and Corporations; At The Berkman Center, Harvard University; In YouTube; 2014-02-07; 1:40:23; event.

Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School
Ebele Okobi, Global Head and Senior Legal Director for Human Rights, Yahoo!
Bruce Schneier, CTO of CO3 Systems and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Editor in Chief of Lawfare
Jonathan Zittrain, Co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will moderate the discussion.

The Amount of Questionable Online Traffic Will Blow Your Mind | Mike Shields, AdWeek

Mike Shields; The Amount of Questionable Online Traffic Will Blow Your Mind; In Ad Week; 2013-10-13.
Teaser: The World Wide rip-off