Jonathan Marks Articles

Scholars and Politics

The AAUP’s devotion to freedom has its limits.
Nov 09, 2015

If I were dismissed from my college faculty for writing for The Weekly Standard, the American Association of University Professors, founded in 1915, would be on my side. It wouldn’t matter that, as seems likely, many of its 45,000 members loathe TWS and all that it stands for. After all, the AAUP supported Mike Adams, a professor denied promotion at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, allegedly because of columns he had written for the conservative website Townhall.

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Gladly Teach?

A more rational division of power on campus
Apr 06, 2015

Last century, American professors accomplished a miracle. In a nation not known for its love of intellectuals, the American Association of University Professors declared, in 1915, that they were more than employees. Their relationship to trustees, who are legally responsible for governing universities, was akin to the relationship of Supreme Court justices to presidents.

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Learning Curve

Self-esteem is up while knowledge is down
Jan 05, 2015

Late each summer, soon after excited new students arrive at four-year colleges across the country, deans try to sober them up. Some warn that successful students spend “three hours studying outside of class for each hour spent in class.” For at least one moment, students get the impression that they must work hard—more than 40 hours per week—to succeed.

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It Would Be a Shame If Something Happened to That Reputation of Yours

11:02 AM, Jul 30, 2014

Recently National Journal’s Ron Fournier published this story, “Why Benjamin Netanyahu Should Be Very,

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The Learning Curve

What are the aims of education—and reform?
Mar 03, 2014

Cortney Munna must be one of America’s most famous young debtors. A religious and women’s studies graduate of New York University, she was working as a photography assistant when the New York Times discovered her. Munna was 26 and still $97,000 in debt for her bachelor of arts degree.

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Culture Shock

There’s a reason why they call it the humanities.
Aug 12, 2013

'That will never work,” one cannot help thinking, as the late Earl Shorris retells the story of the first Clemente Course in the Humanities, or in “the study of human constructs and concerns,” such as political philosophy, history, literature, art, and logic. 

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