The LSU Top 5 #38

This is the 38th of our weekly links to the top 5 bits and pieces we’ve found from around the internet.

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

Staying unemployed, university graduates rush for higher educationVietnam Net Bridge

As the unemployment rate is high among Vietnamese university graduates, many of them are choosing to study further while waiting for jobs. However, master degrees cannot guarantee them a job, and might even make it harder to find a job, as employers want experienced and work-ready employees, not just high degrees.


Traffic police to overlook violations by college candidatesTuoi Tre

Being aware of the importance of the national university entrance exam to candidates and their families, Vietnamese police promise to create the best traffic conditions for them…by ignoring minor traffic violations. They also help with guiding and taking candidates to exams centres and give them priority on the roads.

Come on girls, fail better! The schools that teach it’s okay to not always succeedThe Independent

Fighting to score zeros in schools seems strange, but that’s what happens in failure week at a British girls’ school. Another school is organizing exams where it is impossible to achieve 100%. These two British schools are promoting the “it’s-ok-to-fail” attitude among their pupils.


A Crisis in the Humanities?The Chronicle

This article investigates what many have reported to be a severe downturn in the number of students and employability of students entering into and leaving humanities programs across universities. It takes a critical view of what these numbers really mean, now and in the past, and what the humanities add to university profiles and student aspirations. From the author:

A fixation on corporatist measures of market share as representing the success of these fields is completely contrary to their aspirations.


The 20% ExperimentInside Higher Ed

To try to encourage more female participation in philosophy, Georgia State University will teach half of each introductory philosophy subject with a reading list syllabus that includes at least 20% women – up from the approximately 10% that is now the norm – and compare female engagement between classes.

…Both women and men come to see philosophy as “male,” due to “overwhelmingly male instructors and male syllabi.” Saul said this can undermine women’s performance and make them want to leave the discipline…

…[Jennifer] Saul [professor of philosophy at the University of Sheffield] said, “20 percent is a pretty low number. It won’t be hard for syllabi to be rewritten to achieve this.”


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