This Week in the News…

Posted: August 11, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, August 4, Chronicle of Higher Education

Trustees and Professors: So Often at Odds, So Much Alike

“With accelerating intensity, trustees and professors around the country are waging a war of words in the media and elsewhere about shared governance and the balance of power on the campuses. The vitriolic volleys, with overhand smashes worthy of Wimbledon, have generated more headlines than headway. On the trustees’ side, they have included charges of ‘arrogant’ faculty members and an ‘academic world gone mad.’ On the faculty members’ side, they have brought accusations of trustee ‘obliviousness,’ ‘indifference,’ and ‘hostility,’ and calls for ‘organized resistance.’ Fundamental disagreements have precipitated such exchanges. Confrontations have recently occurred, for instance, over admissions standards at the University of California and the City University of New York, and over curricula at George Mason University and the State University of New York.”

Monday, August 7, Portland Oregonian

State’s Children Learning Spanish Early

“Researchers have long known that children learn a foreign language more easily if they start young, when their hungry minds are best able to absorb information, said Virginia Collier, a researcher at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., who has studied language instruction in 26 states…. Studies have found that even children who begin foreign-language immersion as young as 6 usually don’t develop pronunciation as authentic as a native speaker’s. About 95 percent of children who wait until puberty will retain an accent, Collier said. ‘This is fairly new to do it at preschool level.'”

Monday, August 7, San Diego Union-Tribune

Judges’ Failure to Disclose Junkets Sparks New Outcry: Seminar Attendance Is Legal, but Sponsor Influence Questioned

“Six weeklong seminars are provided each year by the Law and Economics Center, an educational foundation at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. More than 300 U.S. magistrate and district judges currently on the bench have attended the Law and Economics Center’s seminars at Marco Island, Hilton Head, and other resort areas. ‘Our mission is to teach economics at the highest academic level to judges,’ said Francis Buckley, the Law and Economics Center’s director.”

Tuesday, August 8, Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

Many Students Accepting of Diversity: Jefferson Study May Show Effects of Desegregation

“The Louisville survey is the first of eight or nine that [the Civil Rights Project, a think tank at Harvard University] plans in school districts around the country, as part of an effort to shift the national dialogue over whether school desegregation has succeeded…. One of the opposing voices in the national debate–David J. Armor, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia who says he opposes involuntary, race-based student assignment–had not seen the Harvard survey yesterday, but when it was described to him, he said: ‘I’m really glad to hear Gary is de-emphasizing (academic) achievement, because desegregation hasn’t really helped it…. He and I have been arguing that for many, many years.'”

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