You Just Can’t Understand
Those of us who entered the humanities as graduate students in the 1980s and strove to climb the institutional ladder in the 1990s know of a particular ritual that became a common feature of academic debate in those years. You might call it the “You-don’t-know-what-it’s-like” moment.
The Middlebury Gatekeepers
For leftist professors to invoke legitimacy against Charles Murray–and to do so without any hint that legitimization is a highly political, problematical practice–runs against the critical theory that the left has been espousing ever since the Seventies.
The Wrong Solution to Student Learning
Millennials consider themselves a special cohort–they have all the right opinions about justice and humanity–but when it comes down to the basics of math and verbal skills, they fall well short of their own appraisal.
The job of the education secretary isn’t to defend public schools. It’s to help kids learn.
when we cast a cold look at the performance of schools in recent years, it’s hard not to count the very vices alleged by DeVos’s detractors as the opposite, as virtues sorely needed at the present time.
Our schools seem to have failed to teach youths the first fact of democratic politics: You’re gonna lose sometimes. And that’s not an injustice. It’s the price of freedom.
A New Campus Unity
Where have the campus protests gone?
Protest Politics, Chaos Culture
To fully understand the current theater as it has arisen on campus, we must realize that the riotousness of students runs a lot deeper than election-year politics. The marches and mayhem are, in fact, a reflection of the larger cultural and social lives that undergraduates lead.
The Gender Non-Gap
The Old Boy Network ended long ago, at least in the areas of literature and language. Nobody wants to say so, and I haven’t heard a young person in my profession remark upon the current equality in any way for 20 years. But the numbers are clear. These pledges of encouragement to women in job ads are obsolete.
Competition, Results, and Personal Safety
Everybody wants to be safe. Nobody likes nonstop insecurity. But selective schools, always in search of excellence, can’t remain selective and excellent without competition. The meritocracy must continue—and so will anxiety.
American Opinion on the Achievement Gap
A new study in Education Researcher provides a valuable contribution to our knowledge of how the American public—not the education professionals—explains the persistent test-score gap.