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

At What Cost?

The woeful irony of our crippling student debt is that through education we seek liberation from the shackles of ignorance, yet through paying for said liberation we become slaves once more. We trade pain for pain, and we do so willingly. We labor under the idea that all roads to success pass through the gates […]

Another Feeble Argument for “Affirmative Action”

People who are in favor of continuing America’s obsession with group proportionality keep advancing arguments that it’s imperative for our institutions to “mirror” society. That is to say, it’s good if a group of people is composed of individuals so that it has roughly the same percentages of people “representing” blacks and Hispanics and women […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYPSE

Your tax dollars at work “University of Minnesota event to help female students achieve orgasm” (This story comes to us from the good folks at CampusReform.org.) Public University Plans Event to Help Female Students Achieve Orgasm, by Oliver Darcy, January 28, 2013 The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (UMTC) is set to hold an […]

Mitch Daniels, Straight Shooter

Mitch Daniels isn’t afraid to say what needs to be said. In 2010 The Weekly Standard profiled the Indiana governor in a cover story called “Ride Along with Mitch.” Andrew Ferguson describes a scene in which the Harley-riding chief executive pulled into a McDonald’s to get some coffee. He got his coffee and moved to […]

BIASED TEACHING IN THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HISTORY DEPARTMENT

The Texas Association of Scholars and the National Association of Scholars’ Center for the Study of the Curriculum has just released a 62-page in-depth study titled, “Recasting History:  Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?” The study “examined all 85 sections of lower-division American history courses” at the University of Texas and Texas A&M […]

WASTEFUL AND INEPT ADMINISTRATORS ARE RUINING OUR COLLEGES

Question: If those who can’t do, teach, and if those who can’t teach, administer, then what do those who can’t administer do? Answer: They get raises and a bigger staff. (The article below comes courtesy of the good folks at MindingtheCampus.com) Wasteful and Inept Administrators Are Ruining Our Colleges By Benjamin Ginsberg Since the early […]

THE TRIUMPH OF THE (POLITICAL) WILL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

     “Liberal collidge perfessers?  You mean right here in Texas?”  Now, Clem, I told you to stop going around sounding like a talk-show caller. Everybody knows no self-respecting member of the University of Texas history faculty would rig a course reading list to make political points.  Or, hmmm, do we really, actually know it?     […]

Benghazi and the Trahison des Clercs

During the interval between the World wars, a French philosopher named Julien Benda published a fiery indictment of what he called La Trahison des Clercs, the treason of the clerisy or intellectuals.  Benda, a champion of reason against passion, of the just against the expedient, of scholarship against advocacy, denounced Europe’s intelligentsia for selling out […]

REAPING WHAT WE SOW: THE HARVEST OF MULTICULTURALISM

Congratulations to the National Association of Scholars (NAS) and its Texas affiliate on the release of a very instructive study of the American history curriculum at The University of Texas (UT) and Texas A&M University (A&M), and for the initiative to shed light on the required foundational American history courses at the state’s two flagship […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYPSE

Bill Ayers to Keynote Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting From Breitbart.com: Domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is set to be a keynote speaker at the annual meeting for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) next month in Atlanta, GA. ATE’s website for the meeting describes Ayers’ work on the topic of education. It fails to […]