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.
Time to Follow the “Chicago Way” on Free Speech in Higher Education?
Barely a mention has been made of the most frightening crisis that American higher education faces—the assault on free speech and debate. Both parties have, up until now, missed the opportunity to challenge our nation’s universities to adopt the “Chicago Way.”
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.
Blame Higher Education for America’s Potentially Weaker Military
The law of unintended consequences is alive and well in a strange place: more Americans are going to college, which is a good thing, but it has reduced the quality of officers joining the military.
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.