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

Hooray for the Rankings!

Heaven knows there are oodles of problems with American higher education – and you’ll get them all thoroughly dissected, diagnosed, and wellness plans delivered at SeeThruEdu – but I want to start my blogging here on a positive note. At least, a relatively positive note: American higher education is way closer to a free market […]

The Constitution and Higher Education

Yesterday, September 17, was Constitution Day, so this is a good time to reflect on the role the federal government was supposed to play in higher education under the Constitution. That’s easy. There isn’t any such role. Please read the Constitution, which is not very long. You won’t find any mention of education at any […]

Admission Against Interest: Professor Says We Already Have Enough College Students

In a recent column in The Journal Record, an Oklahoma City business newspaper, Oklahoma City University law professor Andrew Spiropoulos challenges the conventional wisdom on the need for more college graduates. “Gov. Mary Fallin and politicians-turned-higher-education-bureaucrats like Chancellor of the State System of Higher Education Glen Johnson and University of Oklahoma President David Boren agree […]

Education and Democracy

NOTE: Today is Constitution Day, which celebrates the signing of the Constitution by the Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.   In 2004, Congress passed a law requiring all government-funded educational institutions to provide instructional programs on the history of the American Constitution every September 17th.  We at SeeThruEdu.com commend Congress for its recognition that […]

Rights, Duties, and the Vocation of Professor

Even when faculty accept the distinction between training for a profession and education for citizenship, conflicts arise between their role as teachers and their rights as citizens. Some teachers use class time to advocate partisan political positions. I disapprove, but understand they believe the right to free speech guaranteed under the US Constitution‘s First Amendment […]

The Lack of Civility in Today’s Academic Discourse

Over the past year and a half I have published some 30 op-eds constructively critical of the status quo of higher education.  Surprisingly, I have received few rebuttals, primarily because all of my pieces have been data-filled.  I let the data do the talking. Still, there are some who just cannot stand any criticism of […]

The Academic Double Standard on Bush and Obama

In the current issue of the Claremont Review of Books John Yoo recounts the “embarrassingly biased statements [about George W. Bush] from some of the leading lights” of the history profession as he reviews Stephen F. Knott’s Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics.  Eric Foner, Joseph Ellis, Douglas […]

Professor X

Let me be unmistakably clear:  most college professors are conscientious, hard-working professionals.  But many are not.  I base this on extrapolation from a half dozen indolent professors I encountered in getting my Ph. D. at the University of Michigan.  Frankly, I really didn’t know how they could in good conscience take their paychecks. I illustrate […]

Educating the Educators—About How to Read

Recently, Binks-Cantrell, Washburn, Joshi, and Hougen (2012) expanded the study of teacher knowledge of basic language constructs to a new population of teachers – university instructors.  Their hypothesis was that one of the reasons many of our pre-service and in-service teachers lack the knowledge of reading constructs is because they are not receiving adequate preparation […]