Bias Response Teams Narrow the Range of Thought on Campus
Bias Response Teams are reminiscent of dystopian novels like 1984. The “whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought,” as George Orwell wrote. We are witnessing the same narrowing of thought on college campuses today.
A comprehensive approach to protecting free speech on campus
The Goldwater Institute partnered with Stanley Kurtz from the Ethics and Public Policy Center to give state lawmakers and university leaders clear, comprehensive ideas for protecting free expression on campus.
Even friends of “free” college have their doubts about Cuomo’s proposal
One idea that should have washed away in last November’s electoral tempest is “free”—or, more accurately, “taxpayer funded”—college tuition. Yet last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal to subsidize tuition for postsecondary students.
Answering union critics on education savings accounts
With an [education savings] account, the state deposits a child’s funds from the state education formula into a private bank account that Melanie and Wade can use to buy educational products and services for their children. Texas lawmakers are considering making these accounts available to state families.
Washington and higher education distortion
Washington’s aggressive maneuvers against ITT may have closed a suspect network, but it also showed the breathtaking impact of federal oversight.
Record high school graduation rates! Hold the parade
While it’s true that more high school seniors are graduating, we are not doing a better job preparing students for the next step in their educational careers. Fewer students are ready as they enter college and more are taking make-up classes when they get there.
Can we (ever) take a joke? (Part 2)
Colleges have an intellectual basis on which to rest position statements that protect the freedom of speech and expression. The University of Chicago’s letter to new students is one way to make the school’s commitment known, and Yale’s commission from more than 40 years ago provides a road map for designing more protections.
Can we (ever) take a joke? (Part 1)
“When they start coming for the comedians, everyone else needs to sweat,” says a voiceover during the trailer for the documentary Can We Take a Joke? “When they start coming for the comedians, everyone else needs to sweat,” says a voiceover during the trailer for the documentary Can We Take a Joke?
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.
The value of research
Researchers need to make taxpayers and lawmakers aware that, in social science, if you study similar kinds of ideas enough—like parental choices in education—the results may not always impress you.