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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

A Case for the Humanities

Call me an “educational idealist,” and I will wear the mantle with notable pride. I still believe that education, whether it is of the K-12 or higher variety, should serve a much more profound role in the lives of Americans than simply teaching toward the next test, or automating us to perform in sync with […]

College bars student from handing out copies of Constitution

By FOX News The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, but don’t try to pass out copies of it at Modesto Junior College in California. A student at the school who tried to pass out pocket-size pamphlets of the very document that memorializes our rights got shut down on Sept. 17 – a date also […]


    Note by Thomas Lindsay:   SeeThruEdu was alerted to the following ad posted by Hamilton College (below), which announces separate meetings–one for “whites,” and another for “people of color.”   Over the past half-century, leading academic thought in the West has come to regard, and to teach, that race, class, and gender are […]

Reforming the Core, Part 2: Political Indoctrination in the Core

Every student in public colleges in Texas is required to take 42 hours of “core curriculum” courses. Far from encouraging students to study the classic texts of Western philosophy, literature, religion, and politics, the core sends students in literally thousands of directions, picking up random course that satisfy the “distribution requirements” of two courses in […]

Special Constitution Day Announcement

NOTE: Today is Constitution Day, which celebrates the signing of the Constitution by the Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.   In 2004, Congress passed a law requiring all government-funded educational institutions to provide instructional programs on the history of the American Constitution every September 17th.  We at commend Congress for its recognition that American […]

The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph

  (Editor’s Note: From by Lisa Chow September 09, 2013 3:03 PM Erin Ford graduated from the University of Texas two years ago with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. Recruiters came to campus to woo her. She got a paid summer internship, which turned into a full-time job after she graduated.Now, at age 24, she […]

Reform the Core, Part 1: Cutting the Gordian Knot

Many universities across the country are looking hard at ways to speed more students through bachelor’s programs. For example, the University of Texas at Austin recently adopted the goal of a 70% rate for graduation in four years (up from just over 50% now) by 2016. These are worthy efforts, since they can help students […]

Our Purposeless Universities

The old maxim, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well,” is difficult to dispute. Why should anyone expend time and energy to undertake a pursuit deemed to be worthwhile if the goal was not to do well? In Greek, the word telos means a goal or an end. When applied to the idea in the […]

Taming Behemoth State University, Part 2

How can we cure the gigantism that besets our higher education system? The key is to realize that there is no necessary connection between the size of our total student population and the size of each institution. Instead of a single University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University at College Station, we could […]

Taming Behemoth State University, Part I

In his 1986 introduction to Irving Babbitt’s classic, Literature and the American College, Russell Kirk identifies the four “ills” that beset modern American higher education. All four are more relevant today than ever. Ill #3 is ‘gigantism,’ the formation of what Kirk called “Behemoth State University”. Kirk had first-hand experience of this phenomenon, having spent […]