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

Where Speech Is Least Free in America

Not only is there scant legal protection for free speech on private campuses, it is under vigorous attack from zealous students (and sometimes administrators) who regard it as their right and duty to assail anyone whose speech “offends” them. Saying or doing almost anything these days can conceivably land a student in trouble. . . .

New Report: What Do College Students Learn? Answer: Too Little, Too Often

Fundamental subjects like U.S. government, U.S. history, literature, mathematics, and economics “have become mere options on far too many campuses.” Not only is this failure to teach leaving students with “great gaps in their knowledge,” but also, “employers are noticing.”

How Grown-ups Deal With Microaggressions

Microaggressions mark a transition to a third sort of culture: a victim culture, in which people are once again encouraged to take notice of slights.

A Race for the Best and Brightest

There simply are not enough high performing students to sustain a rigorous curriculum and grading scale at very many institutions. In this pressure to dumb down the academic climate, we see another reason for schools to admit more foreign students.

Analyst: “The Same, Tired Arguments on the Fisher Case”

I would like to see Professor Mitchell, or anyone else, try to show how “fairness” is advanced by an admission system that is stacked against the children of Asian families, some of whom had ancestors who also suffered from discriminatory American laws and policies.

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.