Friday, August 23, 2019

MixedTimes - Tom Ciccotta

Report: Flawed Essay Scoring Algorithms Adopted by Exam Makers

Report: Flawed Essay Scoring Algorithms Adopted by Exam Makers

According to a report by Motherboard, a flawed electronic essay scoring algorithm has been adopted by several states. Experts say the algorithms stress the ability to write in whole sentences, not creative or insightful thinking by students.

New Jersey School Official: Let Them Eat Tuna Fish

New Jersey School Official: Let Them Eat Tuna Fish

An assistant superintendent of a New Jersey school district has proposed a new policy that would withhold school lunches from students that have a $20 or greater lunch debt, and restrict students with $10 of debt to a tuna fish sandwich.

SUNY Women's Studies Staffer: Milking Cows Is 'Sexual Assault'

SUNY Women's Studies Staffer: Milking Cows Is 'Sexual Assault'

A new research paper published last week by a staff member of the women's studies department at SUNY Brockport makes the case that the dairy industry's production process involves the "rape" and "sexual assault" of cows.

Former Johns Hopkins Professor: Colleges Demonize White Men

Former Johns Hopkins Professor: Colleges Demonize White Men

Former Johns Hopkins Professor Daniel Povey argued in a blog post this week that many American colleges demonize white men. Povey may not find his future career to be more welcoming to ideological diversity— he has accepted a position at Facebook.

U of Georgia Hosts 'Healthy Masculinity' Event

U of Georgia Hosts 'Healthy Masculinity' Event

The University of Georgia is hosting a "Taco'bout it Tuesday" event that encourages male student to reflect on their masculinity. The university claims its goal is to "provide a supportive space for male-identified students to engage in critical thought" about topics like "the aesthetics of manhood," while also stating that "gender is a social construct.

Report: Google's 'Respectful Code' Policy Censors Politically Incorrect Terms

Report: Google's 'Respectful Code' Policy Censors Politically Incorrect Terms

A new report suggests that Google will adopt a "respectful code" policy that will eliminate politically incorrect terms used at the company in its programming. The new policy bans common programming terminology like "master and slave," widely found in both software and hardware, to fight the "harmful effects of bias and discrimination.

Anti-Trump Hampshire College Struggles to Enroll Students

Anti-Trump Hampshire College Struggles to Enroll Students

A small college in Massachusetts known for its opposition to President Donald Trump is fighting to keep its doors open with dwindling enrollment — including an incoming freshman class of 15 students.

George Washington High School to Erase 'Offensive' George Washington Mural

George Washington High School to Erase 'Offensive' George Washington Mural

George Washington High School in San Francisco, California, plans to remove an "offensive" mural of George Washington. At a school board meeting this week, no board members spoke in defense of the historical art, which one speaker claims causes "visual offense.

Burger King Mocked for Mental Health Meals

Burger King Mocked for Mental Health Meals

Burger King sparked criticism and mockery on social media for a new product line called "Real Meals" that was launched it coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month.

Trinity College Professor: 'Whiteness Is Terrorism'

Trinity College Professor: 'Whiteness Is Terrorism'

Controversial Trinity College Professor Johnny Eric Williams wrote that "whiteness is terrorism" in a recent social media post. Underscoring the extremism present on many college campuses, Williams claimed his comments are"not controversial in the academy.

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