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

Lowering College Costs on the Margin

In an earlier blog post, I argued that the fundamental solution to the college cost problem is in the hands of students and families. They are the ones who keep saying yes to ever higher tuition and fees. They are the ones who eschew modest accommodations in favor of schools with ostentatious dormitories. They are […]

Illiteracy and Teacher Preparation

Research tells us that about 40% of children will struggle with learning how to read and continue to struggle with reading throughout their lives if they never receive direct, explicit, and systematic instruction in the foundational basic language constructs of reading – including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension (National Reading Panel, 2000), as […]

Sociology and Insight into the Liberal Mind

It’s rare to find a conservative sociologist (odds are about one in thirty), but it’s even rarer to have one addressing a group like the Madison Forum in Georgia, a group named after the father of the Constitution.  As I argue in the Fall issue of Academic Questions, conservative professors need to leave their ivory […]

Training vs. Education

In 1644 John Milton sketched the curriculum of an academy for students aged twelve to twenty-one. “This place should be both school and university.” His target was educational reformer John Amos Comenius, who advocated (in modern terms) a child-centered education that aimed at preparing students for a profession. Milton’s proposal was for (again in modern […]

Colleagues in the Academic Trenches

If your experience duplicates mine you’ve witnessed in your classrooms a malady that is provoking complaints from educators and general public alike: college students somehow make their way through four years’ of coursework without learning to compose coherent essays on any of the subjects listed on their transcripts. I propose to identify two causes for […]

We Have Met The Enemy and He Is Us

Pogo, the long-running comic strip by Walt Kelly, is perhaps best known for the quote “We have met the enemy and he is us.” This quote comes from an early 1970s Earth Day poster that shows Pogo looking out on a forest floor filled with garbage. Kelly’s hope, of course, was that if people realize […]