Pregnancy bias — in a women’s studies class

A pregnant college student asked if she could make up tests or assignments missed due to medical appointments or labor. Her women’s studies professor said no. A dean told her to drop the class. Stephanie Stewart sued City University of New York for pregnancy discrimination, winning back her scholarship, repayment for the make-up class and a new policy protecting pregnant students.

A pop education

After reading From Monty Python to Mother Mary: Nine Weird Classes Offered at ASU This Fall, Darren finds only one Arizona State class that’s “absolutely worthless.”

WST 394, Desperate Housewives: Gender, Family & Pop Culture
A women’s studies class that examines the fictional lives of the wealthy homemakers of Wisteria Lane …

I’m dubious about Harry Potter: Gender, Race & Class, also in Women’s Studies.

And, as a former English major, I wonder about this upper-level English class:

ENG 375: FOX Network, Atlantic Records, Independent Record Labels
Explores leading CEOs and corporations from a humanities perspective.

As Darren writes, taking one offbeat class isn’t a big deal. But you’d think today’s students would be more careful with their tuition dollars — even if largely borrowed — and their time in college.

BA = ’50s high school diploma, asserts ‘Worthless’

Aaron Clarey’s Worthless: The Young Person’s Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major is a ”hilarious primer for college students who would like to work as something other than nannies and theater interns after graduation,” writes Charlotte Allen on Minding the Campus.

Worthless degree.pngDon’t waste time, money and your parents’ credit rating on a bachelor of arts degree, Clarey advises. Only a bachelor of sciences will enable graduates to earn a living. Yes, that takes math.

Assuming a student might pay $30,000 in tuition (presumably at a state university) for a foreign language degree, Clarey explains how to save $29,721: Buy language software. How to save the full $30,000 on a women’s studies degree: Watch daytime TV.

With everyone going to college, regardless of talents or interests, “today’s college degree is the equivalent of the 1950′s high school diploma,” Clarey writes.

The humanities have destroyed their value by politicizing their fields, argues Allen. When English majors can skip Shakespeare for “post-colonial feminist film,” employers will “write off English majors as airheads.”

President Obama is a “snob” for pushing the college-for-all message, said Rick Santorum. (Remember “egghead?”) Not everyone wants or needs college, said Santorum, who holds a law degree.

While Obama identifies with professors, Santorum identifies with students oppressed by liberal academics, writes Ann Althouse, herself a law professor.

. . . every young person in America — regardless of their cultural and economic background — needs to see clearly that they can get a higher education. . .  They should to go to college for a good reason, and one particularly good reason is to study science and engineering. If they are going to study in some softer, less career-oriented area, the mushy notion that everybody ought to go to college is not enough, even if the President of the United States tells them it is.

Actually, Obama is pushing college as workforce training and science ‘n math education very hard these days.