● Shot: Academia is Overdue for a Reality Check.

American Greatness.

● Chaser:

Based on interviews with 8 female STEM students, two professors recently concluded that “masculine” norms are to blame for the lack of female STEM graduates.

According to the professors, these masculine norms include “asking good questions,” “capacity for abstract thought and rational thought processes,” “motivation,” “independent” thinking, and a relatively low fear of failure.

— “Profs blame ‘masculine’ ideals for lack of women in STEM,” Campus Reform.

● Hangover:

Where was one to start trying to educate an adult student who thought the Great Depression began in the 1960s; who was unable to distinguish between the First and Second World Wars; who thought that Moscow was the capital of Missouri… or who averred, in a paper on George Orwell’s Animal Farm, that “George Orwin, arthur of The Animal Firm, was heavily into natur.” You can’t make this stuff up.

—David Solway, “The Dead Letter of Modern Education,” PJ Media.

(Via Small Dead Animals.)