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What have I learned in a community college?

A Latin proverb informs us: "Discimus docendo" (We learn by teaching). What have I learned these past five semesters while teaching at a local community college? That the teachers' unions have gotten away with academic murder.

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Beyoncé Studies

The musicology department of Copenhagen University is to offer a course on the music of Beyoncé. It would be fun, it said.

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Where is the Religious Instruction?

"When Beowulf goes to slay the dragon that has been ravaging the countryside," I said to my college freshmen the other day, "all of his thanes swear they will stand by him in the battle." 

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The perils of "preferred peers"

On Catholic campuses that aspire to Top Ten or Top Twenty status in publicity sweepstakes like the "U.S. News and World Report" college rankings, one sometimes hears the phrase "preferred peers."

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