The Not-So-Great Debate
No greater truths were uncovered or scholarship encouraged; our various commitments to the mainstream political climate prevented objective engagement with the material. I write about it here mainly because I hope others are spared this frustration.
Stanford Erupts in Controversy after Student Petition Calls for Mandatory Western Civ Classes
After a low-income freshman wrote an op-ed in the Review in defense of studying Western Civilization, the student was booted from an online chat room consisting of student peer leaders within the Stanford First-Generation Low Income Partnership.
In Case You Doubt that Leftist Academics Have Closed Minds
In fields where many of the senior academics hold very strong political opinions, they use their dominance to keep “undesirable” questions from even being asked. Instead of acting like scholars who want to encourage the pursuit of truth, they act like ancient clerics who are intent on protecting their belief system.
Tennesseans are debating the efficacy of a K-12 school voucher bill that would allow 5,000 children attending failing schools (most of which are located in and around Nashville and Memphis) to choose a private school.
A Setback for the Faculty Unionization Movement
What Professor Satre sees as her “loss” is other people’s freedom to say “no.” Her colleagues will be free to avoid any entanglement with a union they may not want and the school administrators will remain free to decide with whom to negotiate.
Sociology Needs More Diversity – Intellectual Diversity, That Is
Significantly, “diversity” does not seem to include political diversity.
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.”
Disconnect: American Higher Education Versus The American People
Is the public blind too to the fact that, as Rawlings puts it, “[g]enuine education is not a commodity, it is the awakening of a human being”?
America’s “Weakest Link” – Schools of Education
“The problem in American education is not dumb teachers. The problem is dumb teacher training.”