The LSU Top 5 #51
We missed last week, but we’re back with the 51st of our top 5 bits and pieces about education from around the internet.
(Linking doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with these articles!)
SparkNotes – Exploring the Matrix
I’m pretty open about the fact that summaries, like those on Wikipedia, are a decent place to start researching. This article does a good job of explaining why reading should never stop (and maybe not even start) there.
It is the very experience of reading great literature that is the point of university courses which assign such texts for you to read. Tests that ask about details in readings are means to ensure reading is done and to evaluate comprehension. But the details asked about on the test are not the point. The reading itself is the point.
Don’t be that dude: Handy tips for the male academic – Tenure She Wrote
The title says it all. There are some new things for me here so it’s worth a read and some thought.
The PhD and professorship might be revoked from Hoang Xuan Que, vice president of the School of Banking and Finance, after it was found that his PhD was ~30% plagiarised.
Top 5 major economies with “corrupt” education systems – Times Higher Education
The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 for G20 major economies shows that the Mexican, Indonesian, Japanese, Indian and Russian education systems are, in increasing order, most corrupt. The report suggests that the lower public investment in the higher education system facilitates corruption worldwide.
The Predator Press Scam – Writing Wrongs
This article describes a scam in which students are flattered with offers to publish their work. The only catch is that the dodgy publications will offer no credibility to their work or their CV, they’ll lose the rights to their work, and the student will see none of the potential financial returns.
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