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


In my last post I contended that right-of-center students, whether of a religious or secular persuasion, would have a most difficult time finding their voices at many elite liberal arts colleges, including my own. Self-censorship is the rule for conservative students, not the exception. The pressure on campus to conform to “progressive” values proves overbearing, […]

Beyond the Diversity Charade: Who Needs Selective Admissions?

As I explained in my last column, the Supreme Court has held that state universities can set aside both the ban on racial discrimination in the 14th amendment and a colorblind interpretation of the Civil Rights Act on the grounds that “diversity” in college enrollment is a “compelling state interest”, comparable to victory in World […]

UT’s Diversity Charade, part 1

There may be, at least in theory, exceptional cases in which it is reasonable and just for a government to treat its citizens differently on the basis of their race. However, America decided, both in 1868 and again in 1964 and 1972, to ban all such racial discrimination by government and government-aided schools. In the […]

Suppression of Free Speech at My College

As readers will learn why, it is germane that I cite my credentials for my piece that follows.  I was appointed by President Reagan, with U. S. Senate confirmation, as the director of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the United States Information Agency.  Later I became chief of staff to U. S. Supreme Court Chief […]

Will Race-as-a-Factor Triumph at the Supreme Court?

Editor’s Note: Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Fisher v. University of Texas, a major challenge to affirmative action in college admissions. will be running three columns on this subject—one today, and two tomorrow. In October, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas on the constitutional […]

Education Savings Accounts Could Help Parents Afford College

In the continuing quest to make college more affordable, let us now consider an innovative idea that comes to us from the arena of K-12 reform. A new report from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice makes the case for “a unique delivery system called education savings accounts (ESAs), which have the ability to increase […]

A Federal College Scorecard?

With rapidly rising college tuition and many graduates unable to get employment in their field, there’s a growing demand for better value for money in higher education.  But a challenge for most would-be college students is how to know whether a particular college is or is not a bargain.  Like buying health care or hiring […]

Education Failing at All Levels

Here’s one way to look at the sharp drop-off in SAT scores, announced this week:  Education’s a mess wherever you are.  In other words, a university dean  might feel himself entitled to say, brusquely:  What do you expect, look what they’re sending us? The product that secondary schools are pumping into higher ed was once, […]

Teacher Says Teachers Should Teach

In an excellent article last year (“Great Courses, Great Profits”) in City Journal, Heather Mac Donald profiled The Great Courses, “a teaching company [which] gives the public what the academy no longer supplies: a curriculum in the monuments of human thought.” One popular Great Courses teacher is the historian J. Rufus Fears, a classics professor […]


The great teachers love what they’re teaching, and you can’t love something you don’t know any more than you can love someone you don’t know.–David McCullough David McCullough is of course a great American story teller, and his recent books on American history and biography–1776, John Adams, Truman–were instant classics.  And I look forward to […]