What Does the Syllabus Really Tell You? And How to Find Out What is Really Taught.

A reader looked at this year’s syllabus for the course that I wrote about in A Tale Out of School. The reader commented that there was nothing wrong with what this year’s syllabus covers.  Let’s look deeper and ask what covers means. For those who have read A Tale Out of School,  you may have […]

Tenured Professor Confused By Negative Cube Roots?

I received this comment on a previous post.  I thought it important enough to make it a post. “I routinely deal with college-level mathematics faculty that often have serious trouble with simple high-school mathematics. For example. I once had to explain that the domain of a cube root function is all reals and the faculty […]

Nationwide Test Shows Dip in Students’ Math Abilities (NY Times)  I Say,  It’s Not Going to Stop Until It’s Stopped

Education officials said the decline in scores was unexpected, but could be related to changes ushered in by the Common Core standards. Source: Nationwide Test Shows Dip in Students’ Math Abilities – The New York Times I commented as follows. The major reason for poor math performance is clear to me. It’s due to unscrupulous […]

More on Vanderbilt’s “Red Tape”. This Time a Senator Uses it to Go to Town

Here is what the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tenn., wrote in and op-ed piece. “…Clear out the federal red tape that soaks up state dollars that could otherwise go to help reduce tuition. The Boston Consulting Group found that in one year Vanderbilt University […]

My Grades for Vanderbilt’s Highly Cited Report on “Red Tape”

Earlier I posted on the “…Senate-sponsored task force…calling for Congress and the U.S. Department of Education to simplify and scale back federal regulation…” At that time I thought it was going to be a sham. It turns out it was another demonstration of how immune to getting caught universities know they are – at least getting […]

Added Copy of the “Purloined Proof”

In “The Purloined Proof” I told the story of…well, a purloined proof.  I did not include the actual proof, though.  I have now added it, though I have not said who did the “purloining”.  The interested reader may be able to find out for themselves.  Certainly, mathematicians should be able to if they want to […]

What Was Intro PolSci Like in 1972 at U. of Houston?

U of H was mainly a commuter school back then.  I was working full time and took courses.  Two semesters of political science were required.  From my perspective, the first semester was fairly easy.  The second wasn’t so easy.  Keep that in mind.   Here are the required readings and a few of the assignments.  (The first page is there […]

FedEx Closing in on Stanford

Earning season is upon us, so I compared FedEx’s yearly income to Stanford’s “change in net assets” (They are a non-profit, so they only have to count how much more they are worth.) In the most recent fiscal year, Stanford’s change in net assets was $3.5 Billion. FedEx’s profit was $2.1 Billion. Here are the links […]

If US News Rankings Effect Fundraising From Alumni, What Does That Mean?

I don’t know. Does it mean that schools will recruit wealthy students to increase their alumni giving ratio?  (or will it?) Once everyone knows that giving to their alma mater increases the school’s ranking, does that discount that measure? This is from US News, “…Alumni giving rate (5 percent): …is an indirect measure of student satisfaction. […]