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

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?

Campus Protesters Only Do What They’re Taught

Students absorb the anxiety over absent persons of color, and they also recognize the phoniness of the claims—in that the speakers seem unwilling to take the next step and make diversity really happen. This is why the presidents and provosts and deans so rarely rebuke and punish the students for their deeds.

Reporter Bias: Higher Education Edition

One of the most difficult things conservatives face in academia happens off campus: press coverage that is just as biased to the left as is the professoriate.

No-Fault Debt

This kind of idiocy and manipulation is inevitable when dreams go uncurbed by reality. It will happen when we give people easy escapes from responsibility. And it will only aggravate the sour morale of people who didn’t make such mistakes when they see the fruits of bad behavior shuffled onto their shoulders.