Does It Make Sense to Force High School Students to Apply to College?
The idea that college after high school should be the norm is now so entrenched that one state (New Mexico) is considering a bill that would force high school juniors to apply to college.
This Student Knows the Difference Between Courses that Teach and Courses that Preach
“A Tale of Two Columbia Classes,” written by undergrad Coleman Hughes, compares two philosophy classes he took in his second year: “Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought” and “Philosophy and Feminism.”
The Silencing of John McAdams
John McAdams, a long-serving, tenured faculty member at Marquette University was fired because of a blog post in which he criticized a young colleague for the way she responded to a student who had asked why, in her course on contemporary ethical issues, they wouldn’t take up same-sex marriage.
The Furor Over Student Loan Forgiveness
Once again, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has kicked the hornet’s nest, this time by changing the rules for deciding if a student will be relieved of his or her obligation to repay federal college loans.
This “Higher Education Council” Has Much to Learn
The signatories make the obligatory bow toward free speech and inquiry: “Higher education is a phenomenal place for minds to be challenged, to inquire, explore, discover and question the status quo,” they write. If you are expecting the next sentence to begin with the word “but,” you get a gold star.
Et tu, Engineering?
With so much of the humanities and social sciences badly infected with nutty notions, isn’t it comforting to know that a few solid bastions of common sense and academic rigor remain?
On Campus, A Culture of Racial Division and Mistrust
Andy Ngo decided to take part in an event billed as “Students of Color Speak Out.” He writes, “As a student of color and the gay son of refugee immigrants, the event’s premise interested me.” What Ngo found, however, was a climate of animosity directed at white Americans.
If There’s a College Affordability Crisis, What Should We Do About It?
Is there really a college affordability crisis, and if so, what is its cause and exactly what action should Congress take
Philosophy Chair Inadvertently Shows What’s Wrong with Higher Education
Small incidents can reveal great truths about educational institutions. That is the case with an encounter last year at the University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA) between a graduate student and the chair of the school’s philosophy department.
Race and Intellectual Diversity; Snickering, Screaming, and Shunning
It’s a deplorable state of affairs when college students – especially at an elite school – won’t listen respectfully to speakers and indulge in virtue signaling by turning their backs on other students who favor dialogue and civility.