The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.
PhDs to tenured faculty: When are you retiring?
Tenured professors come in for a bit of a rough ride in the comments on this story about how the employment market has not kept up with the number of PhDs – even in science. Many students blame the drop in tenure-track positions on professors who are “unwilling” to retire. A better way to assess whether a PhD is worth it might be to consider how profitably the time studying could have been used and what jobs would be open without it
Are professors free from e-mail searches?
The controversy over Harvard University searching the e-mail of 16 deans shows no sign of dying down. Instead, it has provoked questions about whether other universities engage in the same practices. Most employees in North America know to expect no privacy when it comes to e-mail at work. Interestingly, however, Harvard faculty do have more protection: They are supposed to receive advance notice of any searches of their mailboxes. Some professors have argued that academic freedom should extend to freedom from the administration’s curious eyes.
Students would prefer apprenticeships to B.A.s
Half of British university graduates have reported that they would have preferred an apprenticeship to a university degree had they been given the choice, with a third of students saying that their degree was not relevant to the job they got after graduating.