The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.
Harvard University searched deans’ e-mail
Harvard University has offered an explanation for why it searched the e-mail of 16 deans, looking for who had leaked information that led to a series of stories about cheating at the Ivy League university. The university has said only subject lines were searched, but faculty are shocked by the action even though most companies reserve the right to read e-mail sent on corporate accounts.
New York University’s global expansion criticized
As it continues to expand, with campuses around the world, New York University is now calling itself the “global network university” and hiring 300 tenure-track faculty to staff its off-shore branches. The faculty, as this story reports, is not as sanguine about the university’s international reach or the impact of those ambitions on its program in New York.
How to stop the devaluation of English degrees
Judging from funding announcements, governments place an increasing amount of importance on math and science education as the path to a job, in the process devaluing arts and humanities education. The solution? More courses that emphasize how important learning is and that explain to professors how to teach. Students should be more in love with their English or fine arts field when they graduate than when they entered university.