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

Millennial Civics

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.

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.

How Student Protesters Cheat Themselves

One common complaint of protesting students is the old multiculturalist argument that the curriculum is too white and male and Western. At Seattle University, once again, we have outlandish allegations of racism and harassment leveled against one of the most progressive enclaves on Planet Earth, the liberal arts campus.

Judith Butler’s Difficulty

One has to wonder how in the world such clogged, incompetent prose passed through the production process. And how, too, did all of Butler’s fans manage to overlook it?