James McWilliams is a Pacific Standard contributing writer, a professor at Texas State University, and the author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly and a Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America. His writing on food, agriculture, and animals has appeared in the New York Times, Harper's, the Washington Post, Slate, The Atlantic, and other publications.
Should Medical Residents Work More Than 80 Hours Per Week?
Many old doctors argue long work weeks are necessary training for a demanding job. Others worry about unsafe working conditions.
How Should Teachers Deal With Distracting Technology in the Classroom?
A new study finds students believe it is a teacher's responsibility to get them to not use technology for purposes unrelated to class.
A California Bill Would Let College Athletes Sign Endorsement Deals, in Spite of the NCAA
Female athletes stand to gain especially from the prospective passage of the legislation.
What Can We Learn From the Campus Free Speech Debates?
Amherst's "Common Language Guide" set off a conservative media firestorm, pitting free speech against equality.
Restoring Prisoners' Access to Education Reduces Recidivism
Bipartisan legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives would make prisoners eligible for Pell Grants, reversing a clause in the 1994 crime bill that stripped such eligibility.
Here's What You'll Learn in a College Class on Calling Bullshit
The course, offered at the University of Washington, teaches that the proliferation of algorithms and data is making misinformation more widespread.
Why Should Taxpayer-Funded Research Be Put Behind a Paywall?
The University of California's boycott of academic-publishing giant Elsevier has open-access advocates pleased. Others have concerns about transparency.
Online Courses Are Cost Effective but Detrimental to Learning, Researchers Find
Multitasking can be damaging to your brain, and online students are bearing the brunt.
Victims of Campus Sexual Assault and the Accused Stand to Lose From Devos' Proposed Changes to Title IX
The secretary of education's plans threaten to make it more difficult for victims of sexual discrimination to seek justice, and might in turn hinder her goal of strengthening due process.
A Philosopher's Hoax Embarrassed Several Academic Journals. Was It Satire or Fraud?
By resorting to satire, did Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian violate basic professional and ethical standards?
How Higher Education Is Evolving Its Thinking Around Controversial Campus Speakers
A public policy non-profit has put together some guidelines to help universities prepare for future free speech controversies.
Chuck Grassley's Crusade to Tax University Endowments
What should higher education expect from the new Senate Finance Committee chair?
Will a New Running Shoe Antagonize the Marathon's Culture War?
Nike's new $250 shoe that makes a faster runner might be cause for celebration, but it plays into a long-running debate over the deeper meaning of the marathon and who should participate in it.
Most Schools Don't Have Clear Restroom Policies, and That's a Public-Health Problem
A new survey finds that just 8 percent of schools have concrete bathroom policies. That lackadaisical approach can have serious health consequences for students.
Pot Is Edging Out Alcohol and Cigarettes as the Teenage Drug of Choice. Is That a Good Thing?
By many measures, pot is far safer than alcohol. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's good for you, some public-health experts say.
Is Texas' Campus Carry Law Actually Making Anyone Safer?
Gun advocates are arguing that the controversial law is keeping students safer, but there's little evidence to back those claims.
To Understand the High Cost of Colleges, Think of Them as Investment Banks
A growing endowment generates wealth. A small part of that wealth is invested to bolster an administration tasked with generating prestige, and, as students rush to take out federal loans, raising tuition and fees.
Of Course Public Confidence in Higher Education Is Down
As Americans' faith in higher education reacts to rising costs, mounting debts, and the growing sense that preparation for the workforce need not take a four-year degree, the post-World War II ambitions of higher education may prove to be a noble failure.
Senator Jeff Flake's War on Small Animals and Sound Science
Through his attacks on those government expenditures he deems frivolous, the Arizona senator exposes the counterproductive nature of his own belt-tightening mission.
Will the Sexual Openness of the 'Hook-Up' Generation Confront the Concerns of #MeToo?
There's a chance the sexual culture being cultivated by Millennials can diminish the environment of harassment and assault that's plagued so many workplaces.
When It Comes to Health-Related Research, Should We Cut Out the Middleman?
A systemic review presents damning evidence that journalists are overselling research.
Can Campus Diversity Survive Without Affirmative Action?
One study suggests it's possible but not feasible.
Conservative Media Is Waging a War on the Humanities, and It's Succeeding
An influential conservative online ecosystem targets teachers whose expressed opinions question the dominance of white men.
For All the Benefits of Studying Mathematics, Some Critics See a Dark Side
Could the objective assurance in correct answers mandated in mathematics education teach students to be similarly calculating and assured when it comes to daily moral conundrums?
How Chicken Activists in California Broke the Law to Start a Reasonable Debate About Animal Cruelty
A protest in Petaluma, California, prompts the question: Do we have a right to help farm animals that are suffering?
Perp Walk Politics: The Downsides of the Blue Carpet
The perp walk scratches a satisfying itch for retribution, but it also gives alleged assailants the opportunity to co-opt what should be a somber moment for their own self-aggrandizement.
How Ban the Box Can Lead to Even More Racial Discrimination by Employers
On the question of whether preventing employers from asking about criminal history really leads to more equitable hiring practices, the evidence is disturbingly mixed.
Is It Time to Rethink Campus Protest?
In a new era of protest and de-platforming, conservatives have defensively invested the First Amendment with a transcendent power and moral authority it does not warrant. What happens when equality and free speech are in direct opposition?
Are Universities Exploiting Black Male Athletes in Order to Raise Revenues?
A new study suggests the answer is yes.
Daegan Miller's Debut Is One Radical Breath of Fresh Air
Through a series of essays, Miller reminds us what it's like to feel a sense of awe when confronted with nature's beauty.
The Humanities Are Dead. Long Live the Humanities.
It's true that much of the scholarship that professors in the humanities produce is micro-focused and barely relevant to larger social concerns. But those academics would also be best served by ignoring that critique.
Could the Animal Welfare World Be An Unusually Bad Place for Women to Work?
One might expect an industry that prioritizes empathy for others to also be a friendly workplace environment for women. But that's not always the case.
Bryan Stevenson on What Well-Meaning White People Need to Know About Race
An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices.
For Women Who Have Been Victims of 'Stealthing,' There Can Be Dangerous Health Consequences—and Little Option for Legal Recourse
There are no available statistics on how many men discreetly remove their condoms during sex, an act known informally as stealthing.
How Local Shops and Seminar Rooms Are Reviving Sex Education
If there's an upside to the government's failure to promote legitimate sex education, it's been the convergent rise of the local sex shop and the university seminar as two venues for frank and meaningful discussion.