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

Can we (ever) take a joke? (Part 1)

“When they start coming for the comedians, everyone else needs to sweat,” says a voiceover during the trailer for the documentary Can We Take a Joke? “When they start coming for the comedians, everyone else needs to sweat,” says a voiceover during the trailer for the documentary Can We Take a Joke?

Free College: When Higher Education Policy Jumps the Shark

According to the Urban Dictionary, the phrase “jump the shark” refers to the point at which a once-engaging TV show or movie franchise starts a precipitous decline from its peak of popularity. Even politicians can jump the shark, according to the Washington Post.

The value of research

Researchers need to make taxpayers and lawmakers aware that, in social science, if you study similar kinds of ideas enough—like parental choices in education—the results may not always impress you.

If You Have Money, Teacher Unions Want Your Name. And Your Money.

Santa Claus keeps a list of who is naughty and nice. Randi Weingarten and her teacher union keeps track of who she thinks is naughty—and then goes public, followed by threats that if you don’t change, she will go after your reputation and livelihood.

Chasing College Loan Debt

Federal lawmakers should use these guidelines to solve the higher ed loan crisis. New borrowing methods, more reasons to bail out borrowers, and new websites don’t count as answers.

Detroit in the long-term

What would be the implications of providing private school vouchers to Detroit students? Last week, the Washington Post’s editorial board encouraged state lawmakers to consider the idea after nearly all of the city’s public schools were closed for two days because teachers walked off of the job.

Pearson’s Global Experiment

For the sake of the world’s poor, let’s hope Pearson has as much success creating parental choice laws as they have creating new schools.

The Third Law of Government Action

In physics, every action causes an equal and opposite reaction, but in government, every action surprises us with what it might cost.

Where’s a good idea for higher education when we need one?

The next president will need the skill to parse the different congressional proposals for the Higher Education Act (HEA). Congress is unlikely to reauthorize HEA this year, so whichever party holds the gavel will drive the debate in the next term.

Teacher unions confuse the minimum wage debate

Taxpayers and lawmakers should recognize the problems barreling in their direction from the overlap of the minimum wage and public sector unions. If public sector teacher unions want a higher minimum wage, this can only result in taxpayers paying for such an increase.