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

The Dangers of Echo Chambers on Campus

When students inhabit liberal bubbles, they’re not learning much about their own country. To be fully educated, students should encounter not only Plato, but also Republicans.

Expect Good Things From Falwell’s New Role in Higher Education

The idea of the federal government making and enforcing moral standards anywhere would have seemed derisory to a society capable of deciding for itself, thank you, how young men and young women should conduct themselves. That society, seemingly, is comatose.

No, Koch Donations to Higher Education Aren’t Unethical

Philanthropic gifts to support higher education shouldn’t be controversial, but “progressives” who hate the Koch brothers for their advocacy of limited government simply cannot refrain from protesting anything that they do.

Happy New Year! Time to Get to Work on Higher Ed Reform

Happy New Year! It’s time to get serious about rising costs and sinking performance at the places young people go to get their minds — or whatever — trained and shaped up. There’s plenty to do before it’s January 1 again.

Good Advice from Secretary Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan laid out his concerns with teacher training across the nation, a problem which, because of the critical importance of effective classroom teaching to student achievement, is one of the final frontiers in public education reform.

Free College: When Higher Education Policy Jumps the Shark

According to the Urban Dictionary, the phrase “jump the shark” refers to the point at which a once-engaging TV show or movie franchise starts a precipitous decline from its peak of popularity. Even politicians can jump the shark, according to the Washington Post.

Report: The College Board Dumps Historical Accuracy, Embraces Ideology

APEH’s treatment of European history is so twisted that one cannot help but wonder whether its authors wished there had been no United States, at least as it was originally founded. Not only does APEH teach history badly, it seems unable or unwilling to justify its own existence.

A Big Campus Trend: Ignorance of U.S. History

The consequences of these weak academic standards are clear. ACTA’s surveys of college graduates reveal year after year deep and widespread ignorance of United States history and government.