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

More Good News for Western Civilization in Texas

Recently I attended what was called the Western Civilization Summit in Austin, jointly sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the host of SeeThruEdu, and the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University.

Campus Cannibals?: A Student’s Take on Political Correctness

No one, whatever his/her identity, has a monopoly on truth. This idea is central to the Enlightenment and to American democracy, and it is profoundly threatened by a leftist ideology that elevates identity over ideas. The end of free speech on campus may just be the beginning.

Colleges Should Renew Their Commitment to Academic Freedom

Let’s push to have universities adopt the Chicago/Princeton policy nationwide. Ask schools to reiterate in no uncertain terms a dedication to the principle that universities and colleges are marketplaces for ideas, and that attempts to suppress expression of free speech are not to be tolerated.

College Is Not A Theater

Can a university be in compliance with the law when “an Asian-American student must earn an SAT scores 140 points higher than a white student, 270 points higher than a Hispanic and 450 points higher than an African-American” to have an equal chance at admission? Zhao and quite a few legal scholars think not.

War on Academic Achievement?: The Plight of Asian-Americans

Asian-Americans have the lowest acceptance rate for each SAT test score bracket, having to score 140 points higher than a white student, 270 points higher than a Hispanic student, and 450 points higher than a black student to be on equal footing with these ethnic groups. If this isn’t a flagrant double standard, how would we define one?

Conference to Address the Attack on the Study of Western Civilization

“The very term ‘Western civilization’” notes the great American social critic Christopher Lasch in a Harper’s essay from November 1994, “now calls to mind an organized system of domination designed . . . to keep the victims of patriarchal oppression – women, children, homosexuals, people of color – in a permanent state of subjugation.”

College Board’s Reckless Spin on U.S. History

In pursuit of genuine reform, a good next step would be the creation of a company to compete with the College Board as a testing and accrediting agency. This would give school districts across the country a choice about how to prepare their high school students for college-level study of American history.