The Top Ten Strengths of American Higher Education
By Walter Wendler This reflection was originally published on April 10, 2016. I believe it is worth a second look, and it appears here with only a few modest updates. WVW American universities are the best in the world. This is widely recognized by experts in higher education from every nation. Fifteen of the world’s top 20 universities […]
New Report: The U.S. Student-Loan Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than We Thought
(From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay Last year, in these pages, I reported that, on January 13, 2017 (just one week before the Obama administration exited DC), the Obama Department of Education released a memorandum confessing that it had “overstated student loan repayment rates at most colleges and trade schools.” The “updated numbers” provided by the […]
More Proof We Don’t Need The National Endowments For The Arts and The Humanities
Thanks to Open the Books, we know that in the last fiscal year, the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities ladled out $441 million to more than 3,100 entities. Who gets money from Uncle Sam?
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.
What the Feds Can Do for Higher Education: Appoint Richard Vedder
DeVos must appoint a deputy undersecretary for higher education who will address its issues capably and with respect for individual freedom.
The job of the education secretary isn’t to defend public schools. It’s to help kids learn.
when we cast a cold look at the performance of schools in recent years, it’s hard not to count the very vices alleged by DeVos’s detractors as the opposite, as virtues sorely needed at the present time.
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.