Rubber playground material, state constitutions, and choices in education
As if the new U.S. Secretary of Education’s support for private school choice isn’t enough, now rubber pellets are giving lawmakers and families another reason to consider the value of parental choices in education.
Protecting Innocent Students When Protests Turn Violent
College students should be able to trust that school officials protect students’ physical safety on campus. Yet some at postsecondary institutions equate protecting students’ physical welfare with stifling free expression.
Middlebury College And The Left’s Ongoing Assault On Free Speech
Middlebury came apart, as student protesters blocked Murray’s speech. “I went onstage, got halfway through my first sentence, and the uproar began,” Murray wrote for AEIdeas, the institute’s blog.
Bias Response Teams Narrow the Range of Thought on Campus
Bias Response Teams are reminiscent of dystopian novels like 1984. The “whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought,” as George Orwell wrote. We are witnessing the same narrowing of thought on college campuses today.
A comprehensive approach to protecting free speech on campus
The Goldwater Institute partnered with Stanley Kurtz from the Ethics and Public Policy Center to give state lawmakers and university leaders clear, comprehensive ideas for protecting free expression on campus.
Even friends of “free” college have their doubts about Cuomo’s proposal
One idea that should have washed away in last November’s electoral tempest is “free”—or, more accurately, “taxpayer funded”—college tuition. Yet last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to subsidize tuition for postsecondary students.
Answering union critics on education savings accounts
With an [education savings] account, the state deposits a child’s funds from the state education formula into a private bank account that Melanie and Wade can use to buy educational products and services for their children. Texas lawmakers are considering making these accounts available to state families.
Washington and higher education distortion
Washington’s aggressive maneuvers against ITT may have closed a suspect network, but it also showed the breathtaking impact of federal oversight.
Record high school graduation rates! Hold the parade
While it’s true that more high school seniors are graduating, we are not doing a better job preparing students for the next step in their educational careers. Fewer students are ready as they enter college and more are taking make-up classes when they get there.
Can we (ever) take a joke? (Part 2)
Colleges have an intellectual basis on which to rest position statements that protect the freedom of speech and expression. The University of Chicago’s letter to new students is one way to make the school’s commitment known, and Yale’s commission from more than 40 years ago provides a road map for designing more protections.