Education

The Power Line 100+: A Sequel with Schramm

Featured image Herewith a second installment of my recent interview with Peter Schramm of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, where he discusses the extraordinary effect of Harry Jaffa, how students should be approached and regarded in the classroom, and the Bowdoin report.  About 7 minutes long. »

The Power Line 100: Peter Schramm

Featured image It’s long past time to get to Peter Schramm’s place (not to say ranking, which we don’t have anyway) on the Power Line 100 Best Professors in America roster.  Schramm, born in Hungary, emigrated to the United States in the aftermath of the Hungarian revolution of 1956 because, his father told him at the time, “We were born American–just in the wrong place.”  You can read his account of the »

The end of liberal education — Part Two, the Bowdoin experience

Featured image Scott has done an outstanding job of covering the story arising from the NAS report by Peter Wood and Michael Toscano on Bowdoin College called What Does Bowdoin Teach? In his most recent post, for example, Scott provides valuable links and commentary. I agree with Stanley Kurtz that there is nothing quite like What Does Bowdoin Teach? Why? Because, as Kurtz says, (1) no one until now has exposed the »

The end of liberal education — Part One, the Vassar experience

Featured image Have left-liberals killed liberal education? I’ve come to think so, and recent developments at Vassar and Bowdoin help confirm my fear. The indispensable Stanley Kurtz is on top of both stories. At Vassar, the subject of this post, he reports on attempts to block a speech by Alex Epstein, a proponent and defender of America’s conventional energy industries. Epstein was invited to speak by Vassar’s Moderate, Independent, Conservative Alliance (MICA). »

The Power Line 100: Jean Yarbrough

Featured image The National Association of Scholars is out today with a lengthy (359 pages and 1,159 footnotes) report about the leftward decay—“decay” is perhaps a mild word—of liberal arts at Bowdoin College in Maine.  There’s a backstory here, involving the relentlessly mediocre political correctness of Bowdoin’s president, Barry Mills, and how he caricatured a golf outing with Thomas Klingenstein (chairman of the Claremont Institute) in order to reinforce his comfortable stereotype »

Stomping on students’ consciences

Featured image Many of you probably have heard about the shocking case of Ryan Rotela, a devout Mormon student at Florida Atlantic University, who along with his classmates, was assigned by his professor to write the name JESUS in big letters on a piece of paper and then step on the paper. When Rotela complained about the assignment, the college charged him with violating the student code of conduct and ordered not »

The Power Line 100: Thomas Blasingame

Featured image The Power Line 100 Best Professors in America roster is necessarily going to tend toward the humanities, because it’s closer to our knowledge base and the humanities are more accessible to the general public as well as closer to the political issues that are the lifeblood of this site.  But we certainly want to sweep up distinguished professors in the sciences and technical fields, too. A reader tip directs me »

A Job Description from Jay Leno

Featured image So, it turns out even Jay Leno has taken note of my forthcoming sojourn at the University of Colorado.  But his job description isn’t quite right.  In loco parentis is one thing, but it’s really not my thing.  Still, next stop The Daily Show? »

Stuyvesant class of ’17, by the numbers

Featured image On Twitter via John Podhoretz, I see that Kay Hymovitz points to the demographic breakdown of the entering freshman class at Stuyvesant High School. Stuyvesant is one of New York’s specialized public high schools where entrance is determined solely by Specialized High School Admission Test scores: —Stuyvesant offered admission to 9 black students; 24 Latino students; 177 white students; and 620 students who identify as Asian. Hymowitz just says “wow,” »

The Power Line 100: Paul A. Cantor

Featured image We’ve neglected great professors of English literature in the Power Line Best 100 Professors roster so far, but our first selection in the field, Paul Cantor, the Clifton Walker Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is so intellectually peripatetic that it risks an injustice to call him merely an “English professor.”  Narrowly you might consider him a Shakespeare specialist, but once you begin to pull back your »

Campus Diversity

Featured image My old pal James Huffman, the Dean emeritus of Lewis and Clark Law School, weighs in today in the Daily Caller about my University of Colorado appointment, with similar thoughts expressed also by Peter Lawler and Max Boot.  It is an understandable confusion from the way this project unfolded, however, it bears pointing out that the university agreed with my insistence that they not set up a separate “conservative studies” »

It’s Official: Crunch(y) Time in Boulder

Featured image The news is official this morning: I’ve accepted the appointment to be the first “visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy” at the University of Colorado, Boulder for the academic year starting next fall.  It was a long and arduous process with lots of uncertainty along the way about how such a project would work best.  There has been a lot of criticism of CU for years for lacking any »

Making the Case for the Moral Superiority of Freedom

Featured image Jeff Sessions, the Senate’s indispensable man, delivered the Republicans’ radio address yesterday. In it, he focused on one of his favorite themes: it is conservative policies, not liberal ones, that are compassionate toward the poor, the disadvantaged, the downtrodden. Sessions argues that conservatives need to push back harder against the smug assurance of liberals that their policies are good for people, even as they keep people dependent, deprive them of »

The Power Line 100: Diana Schaub

Featured image This weekend’s installment in the Power Line 100 Best Professors in America series is Diana Schaub, who teaches in the political science department at Loyola College in Maryland.  She was appointed by President Bush in 2006 to the President’s Council on Bioethics, and serves also on the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society.  I should also mention that she teaches in the Ashbrook Center’s summer »

The Power Line 100: John H. Cochrane

Featured image John H. Cochrane of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business is high on the Power Line Best Professors in America list, but his article on the interest rate risk to our economy in today’s Wall Street Journal, “Treasury Needs a Better Long Game,” makes it timely to notice him this morning. Cochrane is the AQR Capital Management Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School.  But if »

Conservatives, Anti-Intellectualism, and Harvard, Oh My!

Featured image Well what the heck, we may as well make this a Power Line symposium, like Commentary does from time to time.  Paul and John’s posts are right down my alley just at this moment, as I’ve been in the throes of the University of Colorado business for the last several weeks.  (Concerning which, see the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley and James Freeman discuss the issue—and mention me—in this video; »

Is the right’s critique of Harvard anti-intellectual?

Featured image I agree with John’s contention, sparked by an editorial in the Harvard Crimson, that populist anti-intellectualism isn’t a wise approach for conservatives to adopt. But I want to add that the editorial in question doesn’t show that the conservative critique of Harvard rests on populist anti-intellectualism. The Crimson cites three conservative “attacks” on Harvard. The first came from Ted Cruz, who complained that, during his time at Harvard Law School, »