The LSU Top 5 #13

This is the thirteenth of our weekly links to the top 5 interesting bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)

The Data VigilanteThe Atlantic

When Wharton research psychologist Uri Simonsohn saw published data that didn’t add up, he couldn’t let it go. In doing so, he uncovered blatant data fabrication and derailed two careers.

This article gives an account of how he uncovered and revealed the fabrication and raises questions about just how much published research is falsified or massaged into significance.

Is this ‘the end result of the whole “publish or die” mentality’, as someone in the comments posits?


Why Parenting Is More Important Than SchoolsTime

With children spending just 15% of their time at school, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the role of parents is greater than schooling in children’s educational success and development. And it isn’t news that children of higher socio-economic groups do better at school than those from lower ones. This article looks at why this is and indicates how parents can extend this further.

…Parents, of all backgrounds, don’t need to buy expensive educational toys or digital devices for their kids in order to give them an edge. They don’t need to chauffeur their offspring to enrichment classes or test-prep courses. What they need to do with their children is much simpler: talk.


Don’t you kids know who I am?Times Higher Education

Faced with low attendance in a lecture, a medieval historian unleashed his contempt onto his students.

Professor Halsall responded to an under-attended second-year lecture by telling students they were failing to make the most of the “obscene amounts of money” that “mummy and daddy” were paying for their education.

For that money, he said, “you get the chance to hear (probably) the most significant historian of early medieval Europe under the age of 60 anywhere in the world give 16 lectures on his current research”.


Looking Ahead: 5 International Trends for 2013The Chronicle of Higher Education

This article speculates on what might be in store for international campuses in the next year.


4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang ViolenceThe Onion

To end the Top 5, something a bit lighter. This (satirical!) article on the ongoing…ah…differences between different style manuals. It’s good to see that the Harvard Gang – dominant at RMIT VN – wasn’t involved.


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