A new and thoughtful critique of Brian Tamahana's blockbuster, Failing Law Schools, shared with me by my colleague N__. I've previously offered my own criticism of Tamahana's book.
I have a deeper problem with Prof. Tamahana than problems with his analysis or statistics. My gripe is that it is an easy form of scholarship to throw stones at everybody else, including existing institutions. Great publication strategy? Explain why "One View of the Cathedral" gets it all wrong or is otherwise worthless. More hay has been made from rankings scholarship than I care to analyze. A better approach? Articulate one's own proactive vision of something, leaving the critiques for the footnotes. (To be clear, I'm not innocent, either, and if Chicago wants to offer me a book contract I may well write "how the runningprofs blog is ruining the academic running community.")