Academic Questions

Spring 2020

Volume 33 Issue 1

March 23, 2020

Immaturity on Campus

Joseph Epstein

With students now in control of campus and classroom, Epstein wonders if it is all the result of raising children in the therapeutic ethos. Epstein himself was raised in a different ethos, a world in...

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March 23, 2020

Maturity, Immaturity, and Indoctrination at Sarah Lawrence College

Mitchell Langbert

Mitchell Langbert examines the extraordinary demands of Sarah Lawrence’s student-led protest movement calling itself the Diaspora Coalition.

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March 23, 2020

Undergraduate Education and the Maturation of Students

Craig Evan Klafter

The purpose of liberal arts education was once conceived as the social and intellectual maturation of students. But with the importation of “Humboldtian” distribution requirements in the n...

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March 23, 2020

The Language of Prejudice in the New York Times: a Chronological Analysis

David Rozado

A study of word usage in the New York Times indicates that public preoccupation with sexism, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and related phenomena has reached new heights just as instances of bigotr...

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March 23, 2020

Facts vs. Passion: The Debate over Science-Based Regulation

John Staddon

Historian of science Naomi Oreskes’s attack on a proposal to raise the scientific standards utilized by federal regulatory bodies—and on the National Association of Scholars, which support...

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March 23, 2020

Cultural Appropriation, Futbol Lady, and Soccer Man

Howard S. Schwartz

An exchange on an Oberlin College student blog provides an occasion to decipher the meaning of “cultural appropriation.” With the help of psychoanalytic theory, Howard S. Schwartz explains...

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March 23, 2020

Societal Immaturity: Failed Limit-Setting and Regressive Destabilization

John Oakley Beahrs

Beahrs tells us the United States has failed to set limitations for its youth, a process that requires those in authority to have confidence in the goodness of those limits and a supportive social con...

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March 23, 2020

Lonely and Scared: College Students’ Culture of Immaturity

Jane Clark Scharl

Today’s college students are more fragile than their counterparts of previous generations, less able to cope with challenges, less prepared to adapt to disagreeable living situations, less resou...

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March 23, 2020

Middlebury College and Liberal Education

Elizabeth Corey

A Middlebury College student manifesto, written in the aftermath of the infamous 2017 attack on guest speaker Charles Murray and his faculty host Allison Stanger, reveals a deep antipathy for the fund...

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March 23, 2020

Federally-Funded Middle East Studies Centers Need Scrutiny

Winfield Myers

In 2019 the U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation of the Duke/University of North Carolina Consortium for Middle East Studies over the possible misuse of federal Title VI funds. This...

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March 23, 2020

The Rediscovery of Curriculum

Mark Bauerlein

A review of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System, Natalie Wexler, Avery, 2019, 324 pp., $27.00 hardcover. Bauerlein notes that while author Natalie...

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March 23, 2020

Race and the Constitution: Liberal Historians Correct the Left

David Randall

A review essay of two books by men of the left that in different degrees counter 1619 claims, No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding by Sean Wilentz, and The Second...

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March 23, 2020

Does Culture Matter for Assimilation?

Ricardo Duchesne

Duchesne challenges some of the ideas in Lawrence M. Mead’s already challenging new book, Burdens of Freedom: Cultural Differences and American Power.

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