John Hawks has a very entertaining review
of the imdb forum comments on the new film 10,000 B.C. today.
Unfortunately, it does little of my opinion of the state of education in anthropology today.
"...rest assured that a wide array of well-meaning alumni of undergraduate science courses are ahead of you, brimming with variably-accurate news about radiocarbon chronologies."
By JUSTIN POPE, AP Education Writer
College students are getting a raw deal, a recent New York report asserted. The problem is they're taking too many classes from part-time, or adjunct, professors.
But that same report unwittingly revealed something about how higher education is more culpable than it likes to admit when it comes to creating the problem.
The issue is a huge one in higher education far beyond New York, with about half of the nation's college faculty now on part-time contracts. Adjuncts are cheaper for colleges, but they often lack the time and resources for focused teaching, and research shows students' performance suffers if they are taught by part-timers too often.
In its report last month, a 30-member commission called for New York's state (SUNY) and city (CUNY) systems to alleviate the over reliance on adjuncts by hiring 2,000 more full-time faculty for their 87 campuses.
But just one page away, the report also called for adding at least 4,000 new doctoral students.
There's a connection between those numbers that deserves more attention.
In many fields, there are already too many Ph.Ds awarded for the full-time academic posts available, creating a surplus of likely jobseekers. That pool becomes adjuncts, who command wages and benefits so low that universities find them irresistible hires.Original Article
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I am currently writing a paper on the civil war and how the education system teaches it with a different slant in various parts of the US. This focuses mostly on elementary school level, but I understand that very little of that can be remembered. This is more about asking what kind of perceptions did you develop about the war, particularly the representation of the South.
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Please help me out. I need people from all over the US.
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This will probably be xposted, I just don't know where yet.
Two reasons why anthropologists are 'better' than psychologists:
1. Anthropologists drink more and break fewer glasses than psychologists
. (From a remark made by a bartender -- working at a venue that hosted the APA conference a week before the AAAs -- to a AAA presenter.)
2. American Anthropologists Stand Up Against Torture and the Occupation of Iraq
: "The AAA's statement stands in stark contrast with the American Psychological Association's ambivalent policies which provides psychologists working in military and intelligence settings with some cover should they wish to assist in extreme interrogations or torture. One of the concerns underlying this resolution comes from reports by Seymour Hersh that CIA interrogators consulted anthropological works such as Raphael Patai's book, The Arab Mind
, to better design culture-specific means of torture and interrogation. This resolution passed unanimously with little debate." (From the online magazine CounterPunch
By Frances Harrison BBC News, Tehran
The number of women graduating from Iran's universities is overtaking the number of men, promising a change in the job market and, with it, profound social change.
Twenty postgraduate students are sitting in a plush modern classroom listening to a lecture on environmental management at the Islamic Azad University - a private institution with 1.6 million students across Iran.
The room is darkened so the students can watch the lecturer's slide show comparing energy consumption around the world.
Three quarters of the students in this class are women - the five men in the class are huddled together in a corner.Original article with photos
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Can anyone explain the 'exact' difference between an Anthropology degree and(/or) a Sociology, History, Biology or Archeaology degree? Not that I'm comparing Archeaology and History degrees, but I'm trying to compare them with Anthro and my knowledge is pretty general.
Also, is anyone familiar with Ontario universities and can recommend one Anthropology program over the other? I'm thinking about getting an undergrad degree in Anthropology and maybe going into Medicine.
Any answers, or even some idea of a better place to ask the question, is appreciated.
By Patrick Jackson, BBC News website, Moscow Juldas Okie Etoumbi, a postgraduate international relations student at Moscow's RUDN university, remembers well his first encounter with a Russian.
Standing in a Moscow Metro carriage for the first time, the young Gabonese man was thrown forward when the train started with a jolt and he grabbed a pole to keep his balance, brushing the Russian man's hand.
Without a word, the Russian withdrew his hand, produced a handkerchief and proceeded to wipe it demonstratively in front of the other passengers.
Christian, a former electrical engineering student from Cameroon now working in Moscow, was recently assaulted by a group of about 10 teenagers on a Metro train in the city centre. ( Read more...Collapse )
Narapatipara High Madrassa in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal is a double storied brick building with a large playground.
It is surrounded by paddy fields and hectares of green farmland.
Its 320 pupils, many of them tribal children and first generation learners, come from the surrounding, largely poor, district of Nadia.
The girls outnumber boys and they are taught together in classrooms with their rickety wooden tables and benches. ( Read more...Collapse )
I already have my opinion but I would like some outside opinions. I will be graduating next year with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Anthropology. Not a double major, but two seperate bachelor's degrees. I will have completed both degrees in the time it takes to complete one (hopefully :) ). I will most likely be applying to graduate school for anthropology. Do you guys think that me having two degrees instead of one will boost my competitiveness at all or does it all still just boil down to grades and scores?
Just under half of Britons accept the theory of evolution as the best description for the development of life, according to an opinion poll.
Furthermore, more than 40% of those questioned believe that creationism or intelligent design (ID) should be taught in school science lessons.
The survey was conducted by Ipsos MORI for the BBC's Horizon series.
Its latest programme, A War on Science, looks into the attempt to introduce ID into science classes in the US.
Over 2,000 participants took part in the survey, and were asked what best described their view of the origin and development of life:
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- 22% chose creationism
- 17% opted for intelligent design
- 48% selected evolution theory
- and the rest did not know.
By Steve Israel, Times Herald-RecordThe most profound open secret in our nation, one that will soon rip apart the fabric of our society, is this: Boys are in trouble. They are falling far behind girls in elementary school, in college, in life.
An 11th-grade boy now reads and writes at the level of an eighth-grade girl. Just three decades ago, there was no disparity.
Forty years ago, three-quarters of all college graduates were men. Now, less than half of graduates are male. If the spiral continues, and every statistical trend says it will, men will soon account for only one-third of all college graduates. ( Read more...Collapse )
Chinese nanny state takes root in US
China's emergence as an economic superpower has been well-documented.
Western business leaders are said to be gearing up for all the changes
to come, but they are not the only ones keen to get a head start.
An increasing number of families in the United States is looking to
employ Chinese nannies - not so much for their child-rearing abilities,
but more for their language skills.
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When Scholarship and Politics Collided at Yale
David Graeber pulled a green object shaped like a Champagne cork out of his pocket.
"Do you know what this is?" he asked recently. "It's a plastic
bullet." The bullet, he said, was fired by the police in Quebec City
during a protest against globalization in 2001, grazing his head.
Battles with the police are a fact of life for Dr. Graeber, an
associate professor of anthropology at Yale and a self-proclaimed
anarchist. It was his battle with Yale that surprised him.
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By Randy Dotinga
The Archies certainly never thought they'd inspire a song about energy production in muscle cells.
But, when he feels like livening up his biology classes, University of Washington lecturer Greg Crowther bursts into song to the melody of "Sugar Sugar," the bubble-gum '60s tune. "Glucose, ah sugar sugar," he sings. "You are my favorite fuel from the bloodborne substrate pool / Glucose -- monosaccharide sugar -- you're sweeter than a woman's kiss / 'cause I need you for glycolysis."
Not everyone is enthralled by the singing professor, who has dozens of other science songs in his repertoire. "At the end of the quarter," Crowther said, "there's at least one student who says something to the effect of, 'Please don't sing.'"
But for the most part, according to Crowther, students don't seem to mind. And that's a good thing: Thanks to the internet, science songs are getting wider distribution -- it's pretty likely students will come across a melody during an 8:15 a.m. biology class. There's even a national organization devoted to singing scientists.
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I was reading an article in a magazine at the doctor's today about a woman who had grown up in the exclusive brethren, and had now left, and how she was coping with life outside the group, it made for interesting reading. I couldn't find the article on the internet, but this is also rather interesting:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1534692,00.html/
In Silicon Valley, two high schools with outstanding academic reputations are losing white students as Asian students move in. Why?
By SUEIN HWANG, November 19, 2005; Page A1
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- By most measures, Monta Vista High here and Lynbrook High, in nearby San Jose, are among the nation's top public high schools. Both boast stellar test scores, an array of advanced-placement classes and a track record of sending graduates from the affluent suburbs of Silicon Valley to prestigious colleges.
But locally, they're also known for something else: white flight. Over the past 10 years, the proportion of white students at Lynbrook has fallen by nearly half, to 25% of the student body. At Monta Vista, white students make up less than one-third of the population, down from 45% -- this in a town that's half white. Some white Cupertino parents are instead sending their children to private schools or moving them to other, whiter public schools. More commonly, young white families in Silicon Valley say they are avoiding Cupertino altogether.( Read more...Collapse )
Headscarf defeat riles French Muslims
Rioting in a Paris suburb has
highlighted discontent among French youths of foreign origin, many of
whom define themselves through Islam.
As part of a series on French Muslims, the BBC News website's Henri Astier reports on the impact of the headscarf ban.
Every morning headteacher Genevieve Piniau stands guard at the gate of the Lycee Robert Doisneau in Corbeil-Essonne near Paris.
She is there to ensure no rules are broken, including a ban on Muslim
headscarves and other "conspicuous" religious symbols in French state
schools. Dozens of girls duly take off their hijabs as they approach
But when one student tries to sneak past Ms Piniau with hers still on, the headteacher immediately spots her: "Off with it!"
Despite this rare incident, Ms Piniau says the ban is now widely accepted.
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[See the original article for pictures and figures. The BBC also has a section of quotes from French Muslim Voices
, which you can access through this link or through the article.]