Tom Ciccotta

Tom Ciccotta

Report: Flawed Essay Scoring Algorithms Adopted by Exam Makers

According to a report by Motherboard, a flawed electronic essay scoring algorithm has been adopted by several states. Experts say the algorithms stress the ability to write in whole sentences, not creative or insightful thinking by students.

The Associated Press

Female Professors Wear Beards to Protest Sexism in Science

Female professors including some from UC Berkeley are wearing fake beards to protest what they call sexism and discrimination in the sciences. One professor says the project has brought out the “sisterhood” in academia.

UC Berkeley Bearded Lady

‘New School’ Professor Investigated for Quoting Black Author Saying N-Word

New School professor Laurie Sheck, who has been nominated for a Pulitzer prize in poetry, faced an investigation this year over her use of the “n-word” during a lesson on black author James Baldwin. She used the word during a discussion of Baldwin’s own use of the word. Ultimately the New School decided that she did not violate the college’s policy on discrimination.

New School Professor Laurie Sheck

New Jersey School Official: Let Them Eat Tuna Fish

An assistant superintendent of a New Jersey school district has proposed a new policy that would withhold school lunches from students that have a $20 or greater lunch debt, and restrict students with $10 of debt to a tuna fish sandwich.

school lunch - Susan WalchAP

Former Johns Hopkins Professor: Colleges Demonize White Men

Former Johns Hopkins Professor Daniel Povey argued in a blog post this week that many American colleges demonize white men. Povey may not find his future career to be more welcoming to ideological diversity — he has accepted a position at Facebook.


U of Georgia Hosts ‘Healthy Masculinity’ Event

The University of Georgia is hosting a “Taco’bout it Tuesday” event that encourages male student to reflect on their masculinity. The university claims its goal is to “provide a supportive space for male-identified students to engage in critical thought” about topics like “the aesthetics of manhood,” while also stating that “gender is a social construct.”

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: L.G.B.T. activists and their supporters rally in support of transgender people on the steps of New York City Hall, October 24, 2018 in New York City. The group gathered to speak out against the Trump administration's stance toward transgender people. Last week, The New …