Notes in the Margins: Stuttering, radio stations and taxing colleges

Stutterer Speaks Up in Class; His Professor Says Keep Quiet His classroom experience underlines a perennial complaint among stutterers, that society does not recognize the condition as a disability, and touches on an age-old pedagogical — and social — theme: the balance between the needs of an individual and the good of a group. (The New York Times)

The Case for Making Harvard Pay Taxes The high returns have some economists, lawyers, and even some lawmakers, questioning the merits of continuing to give deep-pocketed universities tax breaks at a time when federal and state budgets are starved for revenue. (The Fiscal Times via NAICU)

College radio stations fear budget cuts could silence them College radio stations fear they may lose their identity to budget cuts that force the stations to be sold. (USA Today)

Why one university is bringing back football College sports are controversial by their very nature, with critics charging that in tight economic times, sports detract from a university’s core mission. The reality is that during tough economic times, having a variety of sports programs is increasingly important as a tool for marketing a university outside its back yard. And a college athletics program with integrity and character allows students to build both leadership and teamwork skills. (The Washington Post)

Are Unpaid Internships an Example of Market Failure? Market Failure occurs when there is a societal cost incurred by the fluctuations of the market; in this case, the failure of the market to provide paying internships has led to a generation of young people being unable to move up the social ladder. (The Huffington Post)