Academic Questions

Summer 2021

Volume 34 Issue 2

April 20, 2021

The Issue at a Glance

The Issue at a Glance, Volume 34, Issue 2.

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April 20, 2021

Fact vs. Truth?

Carol Iannone

Editor's Introduction to Volume 34, Issue 2.

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April 16, 2021

Even Finance Professors Lean Left

Emre Kuvvet

The faculty at the top twenty finance departments and the editorial boards at the top finance journals are heavily left-leaning. There is little political diversity in the upper echelon of finance aca......

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June 7, 2021

Fact Checking Is Needed in Science Also

Henry H. Bauer

On matters of public importance, “science” needs to be fact-checked and adjudicated by a Science Court.

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April 16, 2021

Kipling, Orwell, and the Humanities

Glynn Custred

The study of Kipling and Orwell demonstrates how much is to be gained from a proper education in the humanities. Today, university courses have become instruments of indoctrination.

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June 7, 2021

Diversity Training is Unscientific, and Divisive

Robert Maranto and Craig Frisby

Diversity programs usually do not work, and they often result in negative unintended consequences that are far worse than the problems that such programs were originally designed to address.

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April 16, 2021

Affirmative Action: R.I.P. or Release 3.0?

John S. Rosenberg

Even if affirmative action remains as a label, its substance is sure to change. In fact, perhaps we should start to think of its next phase as Affirmative Action: Release 3.0.

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June 7, 2021

The Behaviorist Plot

John E. Staddon

If historians of science present a distorted picture, they imperil the future of science, a future on which modern civilization depends.

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April 16, 2021

Repatriation and the Threat to Objective Knowledge

James W. Springer and Elizabeth Weiss

We reject the view that the members of any ethnic, racial, or tribal group have the sole right to tell “our story,” because that story is not solely theirs.

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June 7, 2021

Self-Censorship and the Academic Mission

Mark Mercer

Self-censorship is widely practiced in university communities, under-discussed though it is. What to do about it?

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April 16, 2021

Social Justice 101: Intro. to Cancel Culture

Steven Kessler

Understanding the illogical origin of cancel culture, we can more easily accept mistakes, flaws, and errors in history, and in ourselves, as part of our fallen nature.

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June 7, 2021

Can Science be Saved?

John E. Staddon

A review essay of "Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth" by Stuart Ritchie.

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April 20, 2021

Students Are Literate but They Do Not Read

Jackson Toby

Students admitted to American colleges are usually literate, but that does not mean that they habitually read books of any kind.

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June 7, 2021

Anticipating Academia’s Decline Already in 1971

Daniel Pipes

Pipes nominates Nathan Marsh Pusey, president of Harvard 1953-71, as the person who first foresaw and explained the modern American university’s disastrous decline.

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June 7, 2021

STEM and Stuff

Bruce Brasington

When historians and students confront the past and seek meaning for our present, we challenge with pietas the toxic pride that STEM and “Business English” are all we need.

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April 16, 2021

In Defense of Sandra Stotsky

Richard P. Phelps

Richard Phelps critiques James V. Schuls' characteriztion of Sandra Stotsky in his fall 2019 article in Academic Questions, "A Dangerous Belief."

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April 16, 2021

Sandra Stotsky Needs No Defense, Her Ideas Do (Reply to Richard Phelps)

James V. Shuls

Professor Shuls responds to Richard Phelps' critique of his fall 2019 article in Academic Questions, "A Dangerous Belief," in which he critiques some Sandra Stotsky's education re......

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April 19, 2021

Critical Race Theory and the Will to Power

Bruce P. Frohnen

A review of "1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project" by NAS President Peter W. Wood.

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April 19, 2021

Multiculturalism: Democracy by the Experts

Timothy W. Burns

A review of "Multiculturalism in Canada: Constructing a Model Multiculture with Multicultural Values" by Hugh Donald Forbes.

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June 7, 2021

How to Become Educated

David Randall

A review of "How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education" by Scott Newstok.

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June 7, 2021

Liberalism: How We Got Here

Gene Dattel

A review of "The Crisis of Liberalism: The Prelude to Trump" by Fred Siegel.

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June 7, 2021

Intellectual Affirmative Action

Alexander Riley

A review of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram Kendi.

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June 7, 2021

Where Does the University Go from Here?

Daniel Asia

A review of "A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream" by Yuval Levin.

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June 7, 2021

Three Poems

Donald M. Hassler

A trio of poems by Donald M. Hassler: "Conservative Values from 1859-1860," "Family Ties and Generation Sonnet," and "A Sonnet of Cacophony."

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