Not long after Derrida became famous in American academia, the leftists in the humanities professorate regarded him as an enemy, a thinker whose theories, in fact, discouraged the very politicization of learning to which they were committed.

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Jordan Peterson and Jacques Derrida

By Mark Bauerlein While we admire Jordan Peterson for his courage under fire and insistence on empirical evidence against identity politics, a correction is in order.  In numerous interviews, Dr. Peterson denounces cultural Marxism for providing intellectual cover to junior totalitarians who have come to power on college campuses, in human resources offices, and in […]

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is on Diversity, Harvard

By George Leef A big legal test looms for racial preferences in admissions for colleges and universities. Harvard has been sued by the group Students for Fair Admissions, which alleges that the school discriminates against students of Asian ancestry. If you’re not familiar with the case, Terry Eastland of the Center for Equal Opportunity discusses […]

Professors allow students to pick their own grade

(From TheCollegeFix): By William Nardi A literature class at Davidson College this fall will use “contract grading,” allowing students to pick ahead of time their grade for the class and the workload they need to complete to earn it. The offer is posed by Professor Melissa Gonzalez for her Introduction to Spanish Literatures and Cultures course, […]

The Ohio State Scandal And College Priorities

By William Murchison Now to return, repetitiously, to a well that needs visiting from time to time… This particular well, right in the middle of Higher Ed Land, has a noxious odor that draws one back, in dismay and curiosity. Is football or basketball success the chief aim, the be-all and end-all, of the academic […]

The New Socialists in America

(From austriancenter.com): By Svetozar Pejovich It is arguable that the average American understands neither the theoretical basis of socialism nor the actual history of socialism. The purpose of this article is to identify two issues that should help to inform the median voter about some important differences between capitalism and socialism as well as between different […]

The Diversity Mania Grows – Now, Academic Conferences Must be “Diverse”

By George Leef Ever Since Bill Clinton announced in 1993 that he was determined to have a Cabinet that “looked like America,” the idea that it’s more important that every group be diverse – where diverse means a mixture of people from different racial backgrounds and roughly equal numbers of men and women – has […]

An Alternative Remedy to the Debt Crisis: Use Points to Payoff Student Loans

By John Carroll The student loan debt crisis seems intractable. Students can’t make payments and it’s likely the $1.5T balance will never be repaid. The debt is simply too big. To solve the problem, researchers at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College proposed a one-time student loan forgiveness program. The Education Department could simply […]

UNT Prof calls on art teachers to reject ‘geometry of whiteness’

(From campusreform.org): By Toni Airaksinen An art education professor at the University of North Texas is urging his fellow educators to use social justice-themed art classes to fight “geometries of whiteness.” Tyson E. Lewis, who teaches classes on critical pedagogy and aesthetic theory, contributed a chapter on “Art Education and Whiteness as Style” for a new guide […]

Yes, Some Campuses Continue To Protect Free Speech

By Karoline Ott Too many public universities continue to restrict campus free speech, and private universities are buckling under the pressure to fit in with this latest trend in higher education. Just last year, Middlebury came under fire when they re-evaluated their free speech policies after a visit from Charles Murray enraged leftist students, who […]