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Why are the real-world value of apprenticeships so under-appreciated?

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Posted by    Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:00am

While employers complain about the skills and abilities about young Americans, a proven pathway for producing qualified workers is under-utilized.

In The Wall Street Journal,  Lauren Weber takes a look at apprenticeships and why they have been on the decline despite their inherent value to many types of businesses.

Apprenticeships can offer a...

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Newsweek Attacks Comedian Who Challenged Common Core

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Posted by    Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:30pm

Legal Insurrection’s Bryan Jacoutot covered comedian Louis C.K.’s epic rant against Common Core.

It has earned him a lashing from a noted arbiter of elitism.

After lambasting Common Core for ruining his kids’ education, Emmy Award-winning comedian Louis C.K. is taking flak from a Core-supporter at Newsweek.

In an article titled, “Sorry, Louis C.K.,...

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Reason TV Explores Trigger Warnings on Campus

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Posted by    Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:00pm

If you read College Insurrection, you know all about trigger warnings.

I don’t normally offer my blunt opinion on this blog but I’m going to make an exception in this case.

If you need trigger warnings to discuss challenging topics, you have absolutely no business attending college. Period.

Zach Weissmueller of Reason describes...

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Ireland’s Trinity College Sacrifices Bible on its Crest to Polical Correctness

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Posted by    Friday, May 9, 2014 at 3:30pm

It looks like the United States isn’t the only country in which colleges sacrifice logos and mascots to political correctness.

This story comes from Ireland and involves a school named after the Holy Trinity to boot!

Dublin’s Trinity College is receiving harsh criticism for removing a depiction of the bible from their 422-year-old...

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Steve Hayes on Rutgers – The Idiots Are In Charge

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Posted by    Friday, May 9, 2014 at 2:00pm

We spent a lot of time on the story of Condoleezza Rice at Rutgers last week and I think Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard speaks for all of us.

From Right Sightings on YouTube.

Steve Hayes on Rutgers Protesters: “The Idiots Are In Charge”

Steve Hayes (Weekly Standard / Fox News Contributor) calls...

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Study’s Shocking Conclusion: Social Media Use Leads to Lower Grades

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Posted by    Friday, May 9, 2014 at 12:30pm

In The Brown Daily Herald, student reporter Riley Davis analyzes the shocking results from a new study.

Many college students could not imagine a day without updating their Twitter feeds or Facebook statuses, but according to a recent study led by researchers at the Miriam Hospital, using social media may impair...

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Harvard Student Group to Host Satanic Ritual

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Posted by    Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00am

Let me guess… This counts as diversity, right?

How much do you want to bet no one protests this event? Now if it were a pro-life demonstration on the other hand…

Debra Heine of Breitbart reports.

Harvard Student Club to Host Satanic Black Mass

A Harvard University student club is hosting a satanic black mass on...

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At Georgetown, Bill Clinton Bashes Media for Unfavorable Obamacare Coverage

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Posted by    Friday, May 9, 2014 at 9:30am

While speaking at Georgetown University, Bill Clinton worked hard to persuade his audience that Obamacare isn’t as bad as reports indicate.

It’s a good thing he likes to talk, as he has a lot of explaining to do.

In a long-winded speech on Wednesday at Georgetown University, former president Bill Clinton criticized the...

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Elizabeth Warren Wants to Help College Students by Raising Taxes on the Wealthy

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Posted by    Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:00am

Yawn. The progressive solution to every problem on Earth in three words:

Tax the rich!

Hat tip to Hot Air. Robert Rizzuto of Mass Live reports.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren introducing bill to reduce burden of student loan debt in US and enact ‘Buffett Rule’

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is introducing legislation in the...

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Enrollment Decline Forces College in Kentucky to Cut 20% Of Faculty and End Four Majors

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Posted by    Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:30pm

The Higher Education Bubble has burst over one college in Kentucky.

Georgetown College in Kentucky will eliminate 20 percent of its faculty and end four majors to minimize the impact of a $4 million deficit brought on by enrollment decline, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

School President Dwaine Greene announced Monday a “strategic renewal”...

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College in NM Spends $5 Million on Solar Panels to Save $200K

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Posted by    Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:00pm

Apparently, no one in the business studies department was involved in the making of this decision.

Rob Nikolewski of New Mexico Watchdog reports.

College spends $5 million to save $200,000

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Community College has just unveiled a solar array th...

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The New Economy of Well Educated Baristas

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Posted by    Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 3:30pm

In The Wall Street Journal, William A. Galston reviews a new study that offers an unsettling explanation of why young adults have been hit hard in the current economy (hat-tip, Instapundit).

So why aren’t there more housing starts? Answer: Because new households are forming at less than 40% of the normal rate....

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African American Student Rejects Affirmative Action in Essay

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Posted by    Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:00pm

Crystal Hill of Indiana University has written a new post for The College Fix which is well worth your time.

I Don’t Need Affirmative Action To Succeed – And Neither Do You

OPINION: How can we truly move toward racial equality if we are treated as less than capable?

The Supreme Court recently ruled...

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Harvard Prof Predicts Up To 50% of US Universities May Fail In 15 Years

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Posted by    Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:30pm

File this story under “Death Spiral”.

Soaring student debt, competition from online programs and poor job prospects for graduates are shrinking the applicant pools for many universities and, as Bloomberg reports, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities warns “there will clearly be some institutions that won’t make it…through these difficult...

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Liberal Profs Admit Bias Against Conservatives in Hiring

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Posted by    Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 11:00am

This news will come as no surprise to College Insurrection readers. Emily Esfahani Smith of The Washington Times reports on a new survey.

Survey shocker: Liberal profs admit they’d discriminate against conservatives in hiring, advancement

It’s not every day that left-leaning academics admit that they would discriminate against a minority.

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In California, Vandals Destroy Copies of College Magazine with GOP Elephant on Cover

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Posted by    Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:30am

One piece questioned opinion that supports ASA’s anti-Israel boycott.

University of Arizona student Julianne Stanford reports on the serious hazards faced by student magazines on California campuses that bear the symbols of the Republican Party and articles questioning the American Studies Association’s anti-Israel boycott.

The leaders of a student-run magazine that put an elephant symbol associated with...

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Student Sues Professor for Fixating on Her Porn Career

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Posted by    Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:00am

This is one of those stories where there are so many wrong things going on it’s hard to know where to begin.

Betsy Hammond of Oregon Live reported.

Student lawsuit says Portland State professor’s fixation on her porn modeling derailed her education

A former Portland State University student who worked as a pornographic bondage...

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Yale’s Graduate Students Demand Union

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 6:30pm

If Yale’s graduate students do unionize, here’s to hoping their demands are more rational than those of unionized students on the West Coast.

Chanting “Our work makes Yale work,” and “Union power in the ivory tower,” hundreds of graduate students...

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Professor Tries to Ban God at Graduation, Fails

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 5:00pm

Students should be able to thank whoever they want to, including God.

What’s so awful about that?

Eric Owens of The Daily Caller reports.

THANK GOD! Professor Smacked Down For Trying To Ban Thanking God At Graduation

An analytic chemistry professor at public, taxpayer-funded East Carolina University (ECU) has failed miserably in his bizarre effort...

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Notre Dame tells young Catholics to “cease and desist” promoting traditional marriage on campus

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 3:30pm

The administration at Notre Dame University has just told a group of Catholic students to “cease and desist” promoting traditional marriage on campus.

Members of the student group Tradition Family Property Student Action were told to “cease and desist” promoting traditional marriage on campus. Then...

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Students at Rutgers Claim ‘Hostile’ Atmosphere was Created By Rice Controversy

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 2:00pm

Not all students at Rutgers were against Rice speaking and they’re angry about the environment created by the protesters.

The College Fix reports.

Rutgers Students Protest ‘Hostile’ Atmosphere Created By Rice Controversy

Students at Rutgers University have expressed some righteous indignation at the small minority of students whose outrageous claims prompted one of the...

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Harvard Protest Runs Out of Fuel When Student Gets Arrested

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12:30pm

A protest over fossil-fuel investments ran out of steam when Harvard University police arrested a student blocking an entrance to the building housing President Drew Faust’s office.

Brett A. Roche ’15, a member of the environmental activist group Divest Harvard, was arrested by Harvard University Police around 7 a.m. Thursday morning for...

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