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Now There's Someone Who Appreciates the Great Books Program

While much of the community is arguing about whether intelligent design should be taught in school, here's a guy who says maybe we should just rethink the whole concept of school -- at least on the college level. Charles Murray from the American Enterprise Institute pens this op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which he argues in favor of shifting post-secondary education toward technical certification rather than the standard bachelor's degrees. With few exceptions, he writes, "a bachelor's degree tells an employer nothing except that the applicant has a certain amount of intellectual ability and perseverance. ... The solution is not better degrees, but no degrees." He proposes as a model the certification process required for accountants, who must pass a proficiency test to earn their CPA.

 

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.