April 2012

  • Quiz: Who Said What about Education?

    Barry Lenson

    Quiz: Who Said What about Education? Brilliant people have always had a lot to say about education. But who said what? Here’s a fun quiz that lets you test your intuition and knowledge. Under each quote are the names of four people who might have said it. Your job is to pick the one who really did. (Answers are given after the quiz.) Here goes . . . 1) “Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” Mark Twain Jimmy Carter Simon Cowell Dolly Parton 2) “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.” Ryan Seacrest George W. Bush Snooki Aristotle 3) “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nat ...

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  • Knowledge through Art: What today’s Students Can Learn from Animal House

    Barry Lenson

    Knowledge through Art: What today’s Students Can Learn from Animal House Animal House, the movie that made its debut way back in 1978, is a period piece. If you watch the film today, you will discover that a lot of what takes place in it would be seen as objectionable today. A lot of events in the film were objectionable when it was made. Excessive drinking is presented as just good fun. Sexism is rampant. Racism is pretty much okay too. Yet Animal House was a major influence on many college films that followed, including The House Bunny and Back to School.  That’s because it touches on some pretty basic realities about American colleges, many of which are still visible today . . . Class divisions are still ingrained in America ...

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  • Crazy College News of the Week

    Barry Lenson

    Crazy College News of the Week Curious things start to happen when students and other people get to college.  Here’s are some recent stories of life on campus . . . Police discover that Boston University students have been coated with condiments. When police responded to a complaint about loud music coming from Alpha Epsilon Pi - an “unofficial” BU fraternity - they discovered a basement full of young men who had been coated with salt, flour, mustard and other condiments, as though they were chicken wings about to be fried. None of the buffalo-wings-in-the-making pressed charges or needed medical treatment, according to accounts. Admissions OOPS at UCLA. A total of 894 students who had applied to UCLA got letters of accept ...

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  • Do You Have Enough Time to Take an Online College Course?

    Barry Lenson

    Do You Have Enough Time to Take an Online College Course? “I am about to sign up for your Western Civilization I Course,” writes a student in Wisconsin named Helga, “but before I do, can you give me a better idea of what kind of time commitment I am making? I work a full-time job already and I don’t want to take on more than I can handle.” Happy to help. Here are some guidelines to help you decide how much time you will need to stay on top of your coursework . . . Apply the “rule of 1.5.” That means that for every credit hour you earn in a course, you should expect to study for about 1.5 hours a week. So if you are taking a college course online like Western Civilization I that is earning 3 credit hours, your basic tim ...

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  • Strayer University a Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    Strayer University a Partner College Profile We’re delighted to announce that Strayer University is now a StraighterLine Partner College. That means that Strayer University now accepts most of StraighterLine’s college-level courses for full credit. But there are even more reasons why the new partnership between StraighterLine and Strayer could be great for you . . .  Strayer is a unique institution that is designed to meet the needs of working adults. You can take classes online, in a classroom at one of Strayer’s many regional campuses – or you can take a combination of online and in-classroom classes. If you visit Strayer’s interactive map of locations, you will discover that a Strayer campus could be located near you. ...

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