Ashley Thorne

Executive Director, National Association of Scholars. Ashley Thorne can be reached at thorne@nas.org.

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Comments on Freshman Reading

Jul 22, 2015 by Ashley Thorne |

A new article on college summer reading programs agrees with NAS's findings: fiction, classics, and books older than the students are extremely rare.

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“Diversity” and “Inclusion” Litmus Tests for Tenure

Jul 08, 2015 by Ashley Thorne |

Virginia Tech is now asking candidates for promotion and tenure to prove their "active involvement in diversity and inclusion."

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NAS’s Ashley Thorne in WSJ Letter: “Bring Back Civics Learning”

May 22, 2015 by Ashley Thorne |

America used to think civics education was crucial to their citizenship. Now it is either avoided or a chore.

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Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

May 15, 2015 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter.

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Harvard Crimson Quotes Peter Wood on Political Imbalance

May 05, 2015 by Ashley Thorne |

A new study shows that in half of Harvard's colleges, all faculty political donations are to Democrats, and none are to Republicans.

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Good Citizens Are ‘Inclusive’ and Take Shorter Showers, Colleges Say

Apr 27, 2015 by Ashley Thorne |

Forget checks and balances, or popular sovereignty: citizenship education has morphed into environmental propaganda.

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Campus Centers Sowing the Seeds of Important Ideas

Feb 19, 2015 by Ashley Thorne |

Campus-based programs are helping to restore rising generations’ attention to important but increasingly neglected ideas.

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Academic Freedom in a Time of Silencing

Dec 22, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Today academic freedom is an embattled principle as campus guardians of political correctness wield the power to hush discussion of subjects they don't like. 

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“Teaching” Ferguson

Nov 26, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Faculty members and teachers use the grand jury's decision in the Ferguson case as an opportunity to advance the view that America is plagued by racism.

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Those Stubborn Classics

Nov 06, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Colleges think classic books are irrelevant, too difficult, and too privileged. They’re wrong. 

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Joseph Epstein on the Beach Books report

Oct 30, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Renowned essayist Joseph Epstein reflects on NAS's latest report on college freshman reading. 

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Beach Books and Blind Dates

Oct 23, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS Executive Director Ashley Thorne writes on colleges that lower the bar for incoming students

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Beach Books 2013-2014: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside…

Oct 21, 2014 by Ashley Thorne, Marilee Turscak, Peter Wood |

A report on the books assigned in 2013-2014 as "common reading."

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How America’s Colleges Compare Internationally

Jul 03, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Americans tend to see U.S. colleges and universities through rose-colored glasses while bemoaning the state of our schools. Kevin Carey writes that higher education isn't doing any better than elementary - and may even be worse.

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UK Mag’s “Down with Campus Censorship” Campaign

Jul 02, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

A magazine based in Britain has launched a campaign challenging a national student union policy banning certain views from being aired in campus speeches. 

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