Rape Culture and Due Process
William Murchison gives his take on Johnson and Taylor’s new book “The Campus Rape Panic: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities” in light of a survey showing 15 percent of undergraduate women at the University of Texas have been raped.
Glimmers of Hope at Middlebury
Credit the New York Times with digging a little ways beneath the toxic surface of the Middlebury College disorders to find out what students there are presently thinking about the protest that injured a professor and closed down the sociologist Charles Murray’s intended lecture.
PC and BS: Politicizing the Truth
Everything is politics these days, politics being the science of, among other things, achieving and maintaining power, and “truth” being mainly a slogan useful for hurling at people who would dare to put Milo Yiannopoulos on stage and hand him a mike.
Expect Good Things From Falwell’s New Role in Higher Education
The idea of the federal government making and enforcing moral standards anywhere would have seemed derisory to a society capable of deciding for itself, thank you, how young men and young women should conduct themselves. That society, seemingly, is comatose.
Tenure Will Not Be Eliminated Until Campus Culture Changes
William Murchison shares his thoughts on efforts to eliminate tenure in Missouri and Iowa.
Happy New Year! Time to Get to Work on Higher Ed Reform
Happy New Year! It’s time to get serious about rising costs and sinking performance at the places young people go to get their minds — or whatever — trained and shaped up. There’s plenty to do before it’s January 1 again.
If the Web Is an Unreliable Source of Political Information, Where Should Students Look?
“Many people,” says Sam Wineburg, of the Stanford History Education Group, “assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there. Our work shows the opposite to be true.”
It’s Your Money: New Assistance to Help College Donors Keep Schools Accountable
“Even major donations are sometimes re-purposed in ways that fail to respect the donor’s original intent.” Which is bad business – academically and culturally; the sort of thing that happens without there being much to do about it.
The Movement for “Free” College Seems Doomed, If Not Already Dead
Dead, dead, dead seems the idea of federal subsidized tuition: which frees colleges and universities – and the states that operate them – to devise remedies of their own, away from the helpful stare of the federal education establishment. Things might have turned out worse.
Free Speech vs Campus Orthodoxy
The troubling point here isn’t what UT has decided about guns or admissions policy. The troubling point is the university’s selective disdain for positions offensive to its idea-czars, never mind those free speech rights we once hailed as quintessentially American.