September 27, 2009
Below is 11point.com’s list of “the most hypocritical, ignorant, and, based on the content of the books, ironic” bans:
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury: The sci-fi classic is about a future government that bans and burns books. ‘Nuff said?
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain: The anti-slavery classic is still banned in places for its use of the word “nigger.”
- The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie: A book satirizing “narrow-minded” aspects of Islam inspired Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to put out a hit on the author.
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: Banned in Alabama for being “a real downer.”
- The Harry Potter series, JK Rowling: Religious watchdog groups outlawed a series that teaches “love, understanding, and tolerance.”
For the complete list, click here.
August 23, 2009
Paul L. Caron from the University of Cincinnati College of Law writes:
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has rated over 100 colleges according to the rigor of their course requirements for undergraduates based on seven core subjects: Composition, Literature, Foreign Language, U.S. Government or History, Economics, Mathematics, or Natural or Physical Science. The grade is based on a detailed review of the latest online course catalogs. The grading system is:
- A: 6-7 core subjects required
- B: 4-5 core subjects required
- C: 3 core subjects required
- D: 2 core subjects required
- F: 0-1 core subjects required
Only seven colleges earned an A grade:
- City University of New York — Brooklyn College
- City University of New York — Hunter College
- Texas A&M
- U.S. Military Academy
Below are the rankings of the U.S. News Top 25 National Universities and Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges: