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Archive of posts published in the category: Education

An Epidemic of Bad Ideas

From Glenn Harlan Reynolds in The USA Today, Social media threat: People learned to survive disease, we can handle Twitter: Likewise, in recent years we’ve gone from an era when ideas spread comparatively slowly, to one in which social media in…

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Promoting Stupidity

from Higher Education’s Deeper Sickness by John Ellis at The Wall Street Journal: The imbalance is not only a question of numbers. Well-balanced opposing views act as a corrective for each other: The weaker arguments of one side are pounced…

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Belief in the Untrue

from Scientific American, The Unfortunate Fallout of Campus Postmodernism- The roots of the current campus madness, by Michael Shermer: In a 1946 essay in the London Tribune entitled “In Front of Your Nose,” George Orwell noted that “we are all capable of believing things…

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The Market Solution to Campus Illiberalism

from the Wall Street Journal, Mizzou Pays a Price for Appeasing the Left by  Jillian Kay Melchior He was not alone. Thousands of pages of emails I obtained through the Missouri Freedom of Information Act show that many alumni and other…

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Corruption from Federal Grants

from The Georgia Public Policy Foundation Friday Facts 7/7/17 Academia gone rogue: In a whistleblower lawsuit, Duke University admitted its in-house investigators believe a former lab tech falsified or fabricated data that went into 29 medical research reports over eight years. Duke…

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Laundering Privilege

William Voegeli wrote an important book, Never Enough which I highly recommend. In National Review he writes Why the Liberal Elite Will Never Check Its Privilege It turns out that “social justice” amounts to noblesse oblige, simultaneously strengthening the obligations and…

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Collegiate Rot

Intolerance and demonization of dissent is too common on American college campuses and the despicable behavior at Middlebury in Vermont to the speaking engagement of Charles Murray is indicative of a cultural and intellectual rot from much of the left.…

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Intellectual Bigotry

The left is hampered as much by moral superiority as by intellectual arrogance.  The right tend to think the left is ignorant. If they would only read, ” (fill in the blank).”  The right will likely acknowledge that the left…

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The Ultimate Negative Campaign

from Ruth Wisse at the Wall Street Journal, March Madness, the Anti-Semite Bracket The agents of anti-Semitism are anti-Semites, and unless they become the object of scrutiny, the belligerents will achieve their goal. Blaming Israel for the suffering of Palestinian Arabs…

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Why Click Was Fired

From Real Clear Policy Who Fired Melissa Click? Free Markets by Thomas Lindsay Professor Click was fired by the UM Board of Curators last Thursday. But it wasn’t really the board that did her in. It was free markets — prospective…

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Political Trade Schools

Henry Oliner 2106 01 19 Richard Hofstadter’s Anti- Intellectualism in America is often used by liberals to explain why conservatives vote as they do.  Hofstadter was motivated to expand on the subject by the rejection of Adlai Stevenson to the…

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Tolerating Intolerance in Higher Ed

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, The Pink Guards on Campus The Pink Guards have declared war on freedom of speech, demanding official retribution against those expressing even such innocuous sentiments as “all lives matter.” Indeed, they have declared complaints about…

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The Regressive Lottery

  from last week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle: “Right now we’re funding HOPE on the backs of poor people,” said (state Rep. Ron) Stephens (R-Savannah), chairman of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee. “These guys are willing to put $250…

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Ethics Check

Victor Davis Hanson writes in the National Review, Moral Schizophrenics The provost of Stanford University recently wrote a letter to campus faculty and staff to address a perceived epidemic of student cheating. One report had suggested that 20 percent of the…

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Stepford Students

From The Spectator, Free speech is so last century. Today’s students want the ‘right to be comfortable’ by Brendan O’Neill; If your go-to image of a student is someone who’s free-spirited and open-minded, who loves having a pop at orthodoxies,…

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Intellectual Bigotry

From The New Republic, Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League by William Deresiewicz The sign of the system’s alleged fairness is the set of policies that travel under the banner of “diversity.” And that diversity does indeed represent nothing less…

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Higher Ed Anxiety

From The New Republic, Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League by William Deresiewicz  Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual…

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Best Graduation Speech of 2014

Dear Class of 2014: Thanks for Not Disinviting Me by Stephen Carter at Bloomberg. excerpt: In my day, the college campus was a place that celebrated the diversity of ideas. Pure argument was our guide. Staking out an unpopular position…

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Ignorance and Arrogance

From Victor Davis Hanson, The Death of the Humanities, at Defining Ideas. Excerpts: A final irony was that classical liberal education—despite the fashionable critique that it had never been disinterested—for a century was largely apolitical. Odysseus was critiqued as everyman,…

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Education is a Culture

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, The Miseducation of Education Reformers Selected excerpts ( please follow the link and read the entire piece) : It’s an article of faith that our schools are failing our children. But most educational reformers…

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