Academia

Should You Drop Out of School or Get an MBA to Succeed in Business?

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

Which parent hasn't heard the names Steve Jobs and Bill Gates thrown back at them as they urge their offspring to stay in school? Add to that list Richard Branson, Michael Dell and Larry Ellison. Taking this argument to the extreme is Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal, whose foundation pays students to drop out of school to launch companies.

Do You Suffer From Impostor Syndrome?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Impostor syndrome is the fear of being found out or discovered as stupid or unworthy. I don't consider myself to be someone with especially low self-esteem, but I have often felt like an impostor among very intelligent and accomplished people, and especially around individuals with elegant, show-stopping vocabularies.

In Defence of the Humanities

Kevin Elliott | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada
Kevin Elliott

It's hard to ignore the disgruntled looks I have seen on people's faces in buses and coffee shops now that the city has been overrun by other people having conversations about Marxism. Over the years, it has gotten so bad, whole books have been written asking, "Whither humanities?"

Grad School's Not the Problem, You Are

Nicholas Barber | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Nicholas Barber

Several times per semester an article gets forwarded around amongst the students in my PhD program with a message that is some variation of the following: Doctoral studies are pointless. Needless to say, these are depressing, discouraging reads for those of us already pursuing advanced degrees. I enjoy being a PhD student.

Tom Flanagan and the Decline of Academic Freedom in Canada

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

After Tom Flanagan, a professor at the University of Calgary, remarked at a University of Lethbridge lecture that he had grave doubts for jailing thos...

Saying Goodbye to Tom Flanagan

Tobold Rollo | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Tobold Rollo

It comes as no real surprise to those who have witnessed Tom Flanagan casually call for state assassinations or defend the very civilizing project that led to the abhorrent Indian Residential School system to learn that he made flippant comments regarding child pornography while giving a talk on the Indian Act. So when Flanagan, a former adviser to Stephen Harper, was summarily dropped as a commentator by the CBC and labelled a persona non grata by the Alberta Wild Rose Party and Conservative Party of Canada, the reaction among many in academia was: What took you so long?

The Crisis of Credibility

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 10.02.2011 | Canada
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

From sex-abuse scandals within churches to the stupefying fiascoes on Wall Street and in the Gulf of Mexico, a general malaise has replaced our optimism. For academics concerned by the crisis of credibility in our political, economic, and social institutions, it is time to take a good look in the mirror.

U of A Dean Resigns Over Plagiarism Charges

Posted 08.17.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- The University of Alberta medical school dean who admitted he plagiarized parts of a speech to graduates has resigned. Univer...