Magical Thinking: Tax the Rich More and America’s “Education Gap” Will Disappear
The reason why many don’t take advantage of inexpensive options for post-secondary education is that many young Americans are woefully unprepared for and completely uninterested in further education.
Leisure studies: an academic field based on a utopian mistake?
A recent Chronicle Review article, The Labors of Leisure, sheds some light on this strange-sounding, perhaps oxymoronic field. And it leads me to conclude that it is based on a misunderstanding about what the future holds.
Should the UNC Lose Accreditation – and Would That Even Matter?
The story of the year in higher education – and maybe of the decade – is the scandal at the University of North Carolina.
College Graduation Rate Data are Flawed, but Do We Need that Information?
People who are intent on planning and controlling social phenomena are almost always great advocates of data.
What’s Ludicrous is Spending Huge Amounts on Mere Credentials
The battle between those who continue to proclaim that college is a good investment and those of us who argue that, for many young Americans, it is nothing of the sort, rages on.
How ‘Gentle’ Repayment Terms for Student Loans Hurt Everybody
It’s just inevitable – any time the government decides to be generous with taxpayer money, interest groups will start scheming for ways to maximize their take, and politicians will start scheming to get the most political advantage they can from it.
Free Speech Recedes So Everyone Can Feel “Safe and Respected”
Top college administrators have a difficult job. They have to pay lip service to ideals they are supposed to care about, while they do the opposite, acting in ways that conflict with those ideals. One example is academic standards. College presidents always say that they’re devoted to academic excellence, when in fact they often sacrifice […]
Should We Fear Academic Blacklisting?
One of the hottest academic controversies of the year involves the decision by the University of Illinois to “unhire” Professor Steven Salaita.
Higher Education Fails Liberal Students – But Conservative Students Don’t Fare Well Either
If you were teaching a young person to play chess, do you think it would be good enough just to have them memorize “pawn to King four” as the opening, but go no further in explaining the game’s strategy? Of course not. But that’s essentially what many leftist professors do with their liberal students, argues […]
‘Place’ is no better than ‘race’ for college admission preferences
Intellectuals who believe that they can make society better through social engineering schemes never stop proposing new ideas. For decades, one of their main projects was college admission preferences for students who have certain racial or ethnic backgrounds – groups said to be “underrepresented.” That was supposed to lead to greater social harmony because having […]