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

Social Engineering for Education

Over the years, with allegations of cultural bias thrown against them, text developers have pared the content of the tests down until they are wholly neutral, flat, and remote. On reading exams, we get passages about penguins in Antarctica and other topics that won’t spark a debate about bias and sensitivity.

Will Americans Be Better Off If They Use “Bias-Free Language”?

The people who spent their time coming up with the Guide did nothing to help educate any student. If anything, their infatuation with revising English so that everyone feels included and is never assailed by linguistic microaggressions gets in the way of clear writing and thinking.

Confessions of a College Ranker

The prosperous and stable Claremont Colleges are increasingly the exception, not the rule, in American higher education. Department of Education data confirm: enrollments in total in higher education have been in decline the last few years.

The Case for Transparency In University Admissions Criteria

I have previously used this quote from Anthony Carnevale, “Higher education has become a powerful force for reinforcing advantage and passing it on through generations.” We need to take a hard look at this observation, and preferential admissions policies are a good place to start.

A Foreign Student’s Take on Relativism in American Society

Imagine my surprise seeing how uninspired and unchallenged the minds of the American youths are to seek truth, question thoughts, build constructive arguments, and appreciate judgments, thanks to the dictatorship of relativism.

Critical Thinking, or the “Expectation of Confirmation?”

We hear again and again from college leaders that they want students to learn “critical thinking skills,” but evidence keeps mounting that the exact opposite is happening—that many students are learning how to make life miserable for those who dare to disagree with them.

Should We Celebrate the Fourth of July Anymore?

Contrary to Vox, Martin Luther King, Jr., understood that the Declaration of Independence did not justify giving “more political power to America’s white male minority.” It condemned it.

Why Tenure Makes Teaching Better

The untenured faculty member can’t count on anyone reading student comments with the appropriate discernment and rightly fears being unpopular or even controversial for any reason. So he or she operates with the cynicism that accompanies the observation that virtue is not rewarded.