Tag: Academics

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Theory and Practice


“For real people, if something works in theory, but not in practice, it doesn’t work. For academics, if something works in practice, but not in theory, it doesn’t exist.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Have we seen this today, in recent events? I think so. It is not a new phenomenon. In the late 17th and 18th century, scurvy was a menace during long sea voyages. Oddly enough, preventative treatment was known in the late 16th and early 17th centuries: citrus and teas made from spruce needles. However, these cures were rejected as “folk medicine” by the medical academics of the day because it clashed with then-accepted medical theory. Instead, useless but “scientific” remedies, such as vinegar and malt were substituted, the folk remedies forgotten, and generations of sailors suffered scurvy. After all, the science was settled. Not until just after the American Revolution did Dr. James Lind discover (or rather rediscovered) the benefits of citrus, and the scourge was ended.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Is the Washington Post Developing a Conscience?


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Let me put your mind at ease: the answer to the title is “no.” WaPo is not coming to its senses in changing its obituary on al Baghdadi. The question is, why did they greatly distort Baghdadi’s history, and then why did they back off their repugnant distortions?

Originally WaPo changed their description of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from terrorist-in-chief to “austere religious scholar.” They noted the brutality of his forces (here is one listing), but focused on his academic career.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Bombard the College Board


shutterstock_122075158I’m not usually the campaigning type, but I’m making an exception. I’d like to alert Ricochet’s community to an opportunity to influence the College Board about its proposed new standards for Advanced Placement US History. The best students across the US take AP history, and what is taught in AP also affects the teaching of all US history.

Busy busy leftists have taken out their little pencils and begun revising what high schoolers should know about their past. Last fall, Frederick M. Hess and Chester E. Finn Jr. recounted the changes for NRO:

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Free Advice To College Freshmen


It’s Labor Day weekend, which means that professors are brushing off their dress robes, administrators are running around campus like mad men, parents are dealing with a simultaneous rush of emotions and emptying of wallets, and college freshmen are being herded from one orientation event to another while desperately trying to figure out more important things — like where their classes will be, what time the dining hall closes, and how a laundry machine works.

Those vital matters aside — what, you think I’m kidding? — college presents a number of challenges to young people for which they’re often unprepared. Many of us have been there — some recently, some a long time ago — and all of us wish we’d heard more and listened with greater attention. So, in 200 words or less, what should a frosh know and remember over the next four years?