Tests we don’t need, but probably ought to prepare for

The once and former president of Harvard, Derek Bok, published an interesting op ed piece in the Washington Post last week. Bok takes notice of the growing demands for assessment tests in higher education and neatly summarizes the reasons why they are a bad idea–at least in some disciplines. I’m all for assessment in disciplines […]

Historical Hoaxes Online

Of late the Internet has spawned some very interesting historical hoaxes. My current favorite is Boilerplate. Mechanical Marvel of the Nineteenth Century. Another recent example is the Old Negro Space Program documentary about America’s now forgotten Blackstronauts. I think it’s easy to imagine a student finding his or her way to one of these websites […]