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The Value of College Degrees Is No More Settled than Is Global Warming

Feb 25, 2015 by George Leef

George Leef writes for the John William Pope Center on why recent job data does not prove that higher education is a "good investment."

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How Do College Speech Codes Originate?

Feb 04, 2015 by George Leef

George Mason University law professor Todd Zywicki writes for the John William Pope Center about his attempt at eradicating his school's speech code. 

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Scholars Milgram and Stotsky Explain Problems with the Common Core

Jan 28, 2015 by NAS

Drs. Jim Milgram and Sandra Stotsky critique the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in a KTVN 2 News interview. 

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NAS Leaders Speaking at Upcoming Conferences

Jan 22, 2015 by

At two upcoming conferences, NAS president Peter Wood will speak on the Common Core State Standards, and executive director Ashley Thorne will speak on freshman summer reading programs. 

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Stanley Fish’s New Book on Academic Freedom

Jan 14, 2015 by George Leef

George Leef reviews Versions of Academic Freedom and argues that there does not have to be a single, one-size-fits-all approach to academic freedom.

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College Un-Ready

Jan 12, 2015 by NAS

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky writes about the failures of the Common Core State Standards to prepare students for truly college-level reading and thinking.

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A Diverse Group of Social Psychologists Calls for More Diversity in Their Field

Jan 07, 2015 by George Leef

Six social psychologists are publishing an article arguing that their discipline suffers as a science due to its narrowness in the range of opinions it deems acceptable. 

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Great Books at Bergdorf Goodman

Jan 06, 2015 by Carol Iannone

A holiday window display at fashionable NYC store Bergdorf Goodman suggests that classic literature represents an aspect of the good life. 

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Better Alternatives to the Common Core Are Out There

Jan 02, 2015 by NAS

Sandra Stotsky responds to the claim that the Common Core is impossible to replace.

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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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The Ongoing Madness in Madison

Dec 17, 2014 by George Leef

The University of Wisconsin, Madison recruits many academically weak students to make the campus more diverse, but the open admission standards erode the university's academic integrity.

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Welcome to My World

Nov 26, 2014 by Jason Fertig

Jason Fertig writes on his first three months in the position of Faculty Senate Chair, where he has straddled the awkward fence between administration and faculty. 

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Why the Education Department’s “gainful employment” rule is futile

Nov 21, 2014 by George Leef

George Leef argues that the "gainful employment" rule will reduce students' options for employment without helping them avoid debt.

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Causing the College Credentials Craze

Nov 10, 2014 by George Leef

George Leef writes on the "credentials mania" and the effects of companies ruling out applicants who don't have college degrees.

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Is there any real content to “leisure studies”?

Nov 10, 2014 by George Leef

Leisure is not a dream that universities need to model; it's a choice that people make among all the uses of their time.

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