Notes in the Margin: Dead Poets, Obama’s ratings and the learning-disabled

Colleges Respond to Growing Ranks of Learning Disabled Some colleges and universities are focusing more attention on getting reluctant learning-disabled students to disclose their conditions before they run into severe problems in the classroom- and bring down those schools’ increasingly important graduation rates. (Washington Monthly)

Dead Poets Society Is a Terrible Defense of the Humanities The beloved film’s portrayal of studying literature is both misleading and deeply seductive. (The Atlantic)

Chemists call for conference boycott over all men shortlist  When organizers of next year’s 15th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry in Beijing published the list of 24 confirmed speakers, it contained only men. This provoked three eminent US theoretical chemists to set up a petition calling for a boycott of the conference. (Chemistry World)

Top Employers for Class of 2013 Liberal Arts Graduates  Education services employers were the top employer for Class of 2013 liberal arts graduates, according to NACE’s January 2014 Salary Survey. As a group, liberal arts graduates received starting salaries that averaged $38,045. (NACE)

Obama’s College Ratings Plan Is Just More of the Same Regulating existing colleges won’t fix the fundamental problem plaguing higher education. (U.S. News & World Report)