Education

What Are College Students Reading?

Featured image Via our friends at Intellectual Takeout, we see a list of the 200 books most often assigned to American college students. Having perused the list, my judgment is: it could be a whole lot worse. It is striking how many are legitimate classics, everything from Strunk and White–number one on the list–to Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Homer, Chaucer, Mill and Locke. If students are actually reading this stuff, »

A racial achievement chasm in D.C. public schools

Featured image Colbert King reports on the enormous racial achievement gap in the District of Columbia public schools. White students, who make up 12 percent of the school system, scored proficiency rates of 79 percent in English and 70 percent in math. Black students, who constitute 67 percent of the school population, had a 17 percent proficiency rate in both English and math. (Hispanics, who comprise 17 percent of the school population »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll ponders ALTERNATIVES TO LEARNING. She writes: Year after year here in our Dusty Little Village (DLV), the education establishment puts an initiative on the ballot to increase property taxes for schools. For eight years and counting, it has failed. It will fail again. Most of us Geezer-Americans have scant interest in donating even more to educate half of Mexico or to fund all the Diversity Drones and special »

Ominibus bill rewards Department of Education overreach

Featured image On Friday, the House will vote on the year-end omnibus spending bill, formally known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. As Heritage Action says, the bill should have been an opportunity for conservatives to reassert their prerogatives on a host of important issues, ranging from appropriate spending levels to substantive action on refugee resettlement, executive amnesty, Planned Parenthood, and many more. Instead, the omnibus spending bill falls far short »

Civil war on the left, part 26

Featured image Public school teachers and their unions are a critical component of the Democrats’ coalition in Minnesota, especially in the Democrats’ urban strongholds. One-party rule is the order of the day in Minneapolis and St. Paul. That would be the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. The St. Paul public high schools have encountered serious turbulence following the district’s removal of “continual willful disobedience” from the list of suspendable violations three years ago — »

A Hanukkah story

Featured image We’ve all seen movies in which an old-timer hears a phrase, and suddenly his thoughts take him back in time to when he heard the same words as a youngster. This is starting to happen to me. The other day, when someone wished me a happy Hanukkah (it’s still allowed, I think), I thought of an incident from 1962 (probably) involving a friendly acquaintance I’ll call Bob and a friend »

Celebrating Harvey Klehr

Featured image The Power Line 100 Best Professors in America series went dormant a while back during my own full immersion into the professoriate, and while I’ll eventually get back to that project in a new fashion, it behooves us to take note of the retirement of Emory University historian Harvey Klehr, who today delivered his last lecture at Emory on the subject of Hayek’s Road to Serfdom. (Klehr would rank high »

Hate Crime at Harvard Law School? [Updated]

Featured image These are tough days for my alma maters. Dartmouth has been roiled by the administration’s feeble response to a Black Lives Matter protest that disrupted the library and involved, among other things, the screaming of racial epithets at white students. Meanwhile, Harvard Law School has been the scene of a supposed hate crime. The back story is that the money that founded the law school came from a man named »

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Educayshun edition

Featured image The precocious Australian comedian Neel Kolhatkar wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the updated edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest that arrives just in time to explain the doings at Yale, Missouri, at other institutions of higher learning where liberal educators hold sway (video below). Or should that be educaytors? Kolhatkar calls this Modern Educayshun. The spelling harks back to the old Our Gang series, which included the »

Liberals Say: Bring Back Busing!

Featured image It is often said that American liberals haven’t had a new idea since the 1960s. That is true, actually. No bad idea, apparently, is ever permanently dispatched; they just keep getting recycled. (See: socialism.) This time it is busing. Here in the Twin Cities, a lawyer who brought a lawsuit to compel busing decades ago is at it again, with his son as co-counsel. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Civil »

We Live In a World Gone Mad, Yale Edition

Featured image The Daily Mail recounts one of the strangest controversies we’ve seen in a while. It relates to offensive Halloween costumes at Yale. Or rather, the potential for offensive Halloween costumes. The story starts with the wife of Nicholas Christakis, Silliman College’s master, sending out an email addressing the subject of Halloween costumes, which, as we have noted before, has taken on a sudden importance at colleges and universities. The email »

John Boehner, friend of disadvantaged D.C. students

Featured image John Boehner has received plenty of criticism from conservatives over his handling of the House Speakership, and some of it is deserved. But here’s a little known accomplishment of Boehner’s for which, I think, he deserves considerable credit: he created and kept alive a private school voucher program for the District of Columbia public schools. Through Boehner’s D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, 6,252 low-income District students have gone to parochial or »

How Jonah Goldberg Became Jonah Goldberg! (Part 1)

Featured image A few weeks back when Jonah Goldberg and I were cruising the Baltic Sea attempting to spot Putin’s subs, undermine Russian autocracy, and re-enacting the Kronstadt rebellion as we sailed close by that memorial of early Leninist terror, I sat down with Jonah not to discuss current issues, but how he came to be a conservative in the first place. Here he explains his childhood and education. We had trouble »

AP U.S. History framwork remains biased, as its treatment of immigration shows

Featured image The College Board’s 2014 framework for teaching AP U.S. History was a thoroughly leftist document. Under fire, the College Board issued a new framework in 2015. Unfortunately, as I argued here, the new version, though better, is not a great improvement. John Fonte and our friend Stanley Kurtz illustrate the problem through a detailed look at how the 2015 framework treats the history of immigration in this country. Few will »

Obama Administration Snubs Hillsdale

Featured image On September 12, the Obama administration rolled out its online College Scorecard. The Scorecard is intended as a resource for students and parents, and gives basic information–cost, graduation rate, starting salaries of graduates, ethnic composition of student body, and so on–for, President Obama said, “every institution of higher education.” Only it doesn’t. If you search for colleges in Michigan, 97 results come up. But Hillsdale College, one of America’s better »

Racial disparities confound Washington Post

Featured image In separate articles, today’s Washington Post takes up two racial disparities revealed by recent studies. The first pertains to “degree selection.” Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reports: African-American and Hispanic students disproportionately earn more bachelor’s degrees in low-paying majors, putting them at higher risk for financial instability after graduation, according to a new study from Young Invincibles, an advocacy group. . . . The highest paying majors through mid-career were primarily in science, »

The College Board’s bad faith power grab

Featured image The Washington Post is running an op-ed by our friend Stanley Kurtz about the College Board’s effort to nationalize the high school curriculum and move it leftward. I understand that Stanley’s op-ed will appear in the Sunday paper edition. It is available online here. We have described the outrageously left-wing slant of the College Board’s new AP U.S. History curriculum framework, a slant not cured in the revised framework. Stanley »