Educated opinion and commentary on developments and trends in higher education

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“Teachers Cannot Teach What They Do Not Know”

Apr 24, 2015 by Mary Grabar |

City Journal reviews NAS board member Sandra Stotsky's book on "improving American educational standards."

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NAS President’s Article On Weekly Standard Cover

Apr 24, 2015 by NAS |

NAS president Peter Wood's article titled "The Meaning of Sex" appears on the cover of the May 4, 2015 issue of The Weekly Standard.

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Majoring in Anthro

Apr 24, 2015 by Jay Nordlinger |

A lament for a field.

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Resurfacing Sustainability in AQ

Apr 23, 2015 by NAS |

In 2010, we devoted an issue of Academic Questions to the topic of sustainability. 

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Earth Day, 2015

Apr 22, 2015 by Peter Wood |

The earth is in better shape than it has been for many years. Let's celebrate the human innovation that made this possible. 

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George Will Speaks on NAS’s Sustainability Report

Apr 22, 2015 by NAS |

At the William F. Buckley Society's "Disinvitation Dinner," George Will discussed the soft totalitarianism that the campus sustainability movement fosters.

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The “Sustainability” Trend Costs Students Money

Apr 16, 2015 by Peter Wood |

The sustainability movement has muscled its way into the college curriculum, administration, and culture. 

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George F. Will Writes About NAS Sustainability Report

Apr 15, 2015 by NAS |

Nationally syndicated columnist George F. Will devotes his most recent column to the new NAS report. 

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Video of Common Core Debate

Apr 15, 2015 by NAS |

NAS president Peter Wood and Kathleen Porter-Magee discussed the pros and cons of the Common Core at a debate at Saint Francis College.

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Global Warming: The Campus Non-Debate

Apr 14, 2015 by Russell K. Nieli |

Many lack a robust understanding of the environmentalism debate divorced from religious overtones and political appeal.

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Proposed Education Act Would Shortchange Students

Apr 13, 2015 by Sandra Stotsky |

Sandra Stotsky argues that the new version of No Child Left Behind will leave low-income students behind because it lacks an important requirement for teachers' competence in their subjects.

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Dear Educators: “Privilege” Is Theory, Not Fact

Apr 08, 2015 by Joshua Daniel Phillips |

While the idea of "privilege" has been rising in popularity on college campuses, open debates and robust discussion about the topic have not. 

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Academic Freedom at U Chicago and Princeton

Apr 07, 2015 by Robert P. George |

NAS board of advisors member Robert P. George applauds two universities for embracing academic freedom. 

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“Whiteness Studies” and Campus Activism

Apr 07, 2015 by Dan Kemp |

Emerging “whiteness” courses are often connected to political purposes. 

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Academic Social Science and Scientific Literacy

Apr 07, 2015 by William H. Young |

William Young examines the misunderstanding and misuse of scientific concepts by academic social scientists.

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