Critical Thinking, or the “Expectation of Confirmation?”
We hear again and again from college leaders that they want students to learn “critical thinking skills,” but evidence keeps mounting that the exact opposite is happening—that many students are learning how to make life miserable for those who dare to disagree with them.
Should We Celebrate the Fourth of July Anymore?
Contrary to Vox, Martin Luther King, Jr., understood that the Declaration of Independence did not justify giving “more political power to America’s white male minority.” It condemned it.
Why Tenure Makes Teaching Better
The untenured faculty member can’t count on anyone reading student comments with the appropriate discernment and rightly fears being unpopular or even controversial for any reason. So he or she operates with the cynicism that accompanies the observation that virtue is not rewarded.
Law Schools Have Become Breeding Grounds For Left-Wing Activism
It isn’t just at Harvard, of course. I’m told by law professors I know that even at schools that aren’t known as being hotbeds of leftism, many of the faculty have succeeded in turning their PC enthusiasms into courses.
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.
Leftist Professors: We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is Us
Relativism was supposed to make all tolerant of all opinions. Instead, it has provided intolerance a license to bully.
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?