Issue at a Glance

Carol Iannone

ARTICLES

The Invention of Foreign Language “Learning Disability”
Richard L. Sparks, Mt. Saint Joseph University

Research by education specialist Richard Sparks and others on what has been termed “Foreign Language” disability offers strong evidence that the growth in the “learning disability” (LD) diagnosis owes more to its usefulness in masking educational underachievement than to evidence of real deficiencies.

Cave Speak: The Cacophony About Gender
Gene Fendt, University of Nebraska, Kearney

Turning to Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave,” philosopher Gene Fendt demonstrates that ideologues who define gender as “one’s internal knowledge of one’s own gender” rise no higher than Plato’s “level of imagination,” and never leave the cave to see what is real.

What Everyone Should Know About Science—but Doesn’t
Henry H. Bauer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (emeritus)

Until recently, at least in the West, science had been revered as the font of the most reliable information about the physical world. Over time more people have discovered that science is fallible, influenced like other human endeavors by interested parties and conflicts of interest. Scientist Henry Bauer describes his own transition “from complete faith in science to regretful caution.”

Free Speech and Religion: Lecture in Honor of Isaac Meyers (1979-2008)
Daniel Johnson, Standpoint magazine

In the 2022 Isaac Meyers Memorial Lecture in Jewish Classics, distinguished British author and editor Daniel Johnson posits that the West’s reverence for free speech was conceived and cultivated in its religious tradition.

Defining White Supremacy Up . . . and Academic Freedom Down
Seth Forman, National Association of Scholars

An attack on three acclaimed scholars by two progressive authors reveals a broader effort to marginalize liberal values, including academic freedom, which the authors contend are crucial components of “white supremacy.”  

REVIEW ESSAY

Citizenship in Crisis
David Randall, National Association of Scholars

Two prominent conservative critics offer incisive evaluations of what ails the American republic. Both agree that the vital ingredients for a healthy republic are in steep decline. But both also exhibit an “embarrassed unwillingness to conceive of the American nation as something worth defending for its own sake, or even defining.”

SHORT TAKES

In Honor of Roger Scruton: Reflections on Beauty and Photography
Daniel Asia, University of Arizona, Tucson

Composer and professor of composition Daniel Asia admires the late philosopher Roger Scruton but thinks he had photography all wrong.

Why Americans Destroy Their Own History
Wight Martindale, Jr.

Wight Martindale, Jr. observes that America’s unique character and idiomatic birth make it susceptible to forgetting its history.

FOR THE RECORD

AQ presents for the record a recent letter from two scientists to the National Academy of Sciences. The letter challenges the scientific deception that undergirds the “Linear No-Threshold” precept, a critical building block of the expansive regulatory state.

  • Share
Most Commented

March 18, 2022

1.

The Case for Colonialism: A Response to My Critics

Political scientist and NAS board member Bruce Gilley’s article “The Case for Colonialism” (republished in Academic Questions in the summer of 2018), has been the subject o......

July 22, 2022

2.

Three Public Philosophies and Some Implications

Three public philosophies have been predominant in the modern world. All three have advantages and disadvantages, but only one ensures the objective study of science and humanity....

March 18, 2022

3.

Marxism in America

Anthropologist Glynn Custred provides the context for the arrival of two books by big-name conservatives exploring the history of leftist politics in the United States....

Most Read

May 30, 2018

1.

The Case for Colonialism

From the summer issue of Academic Questions, we reprint the controversial article, "The Case for Colonialism." ...

July 2, 2020

2.

In Humans, Sex is Binary and Immutable

The idea that there are more than two sexes in human beings is a rejection of everything biological science has taught us. Unbelievably, this idea is coming directly from within the highest......

March 18, 2022

3.

The Case for Colonialism: A Response to My Critics

Political scientist and NAS board member Bruce Gilley’s article “The Case for Colonialism” (republished in Academic Questions in the summer of 2018), has been the subject o......