Academic Questions

Fall 2021

Volume 34 Issue 3

August 23, 2021

Issue at a Glance

Volume 34, Issue 3, at a glance.

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August 23, 2021

Letters

Letters to the editor.

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August 23, 2021

Enough is [Never?] Enough

Carol Iannone

The editor's introduction to this issue, in which every article, every review, and every feature is a slap in the face of the mob and an act of talking back to the racial arsonists, the cultural b......

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August 23, 2021

Testing the Tests for Racism

Wilfred Reilly

What is the veracity of "audit" studies, conducted primarily by sociologists, that appear to demonstrate that people of color confront intense bias at every level of society?

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August 24, 2021

Reviving American Higher Education: An Analysis and Blueprint for Action

Gerson Moreno-Riaño

Most of the problems in higher education are rooted in an unexamined rejection of Western civilization's moral tradition. This malady requires moral correction and meaningful accountability.

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August 23, 2021

The Devolution of Psychological Science: Memes, Culture, and Systemic Racism

John Staddon

What does a successful model of social science look like, and how far have the social sciences strayed from that model?

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August 23, 2021

Campuses as Faux Nations

George R. La Noue

Universities and colleges resemble nothing so much as separate sovereign nations, adopting rules and regulations that clearly deprive students and staff of constitutionally protected rights and libert......

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August 23, 2021

Fair or Foul in Interracial Discourse

Dan Subotnik

Microaggression training may not be the most felicitous tool for cultivating mutual respect among racial groups.

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August 23, 2021

The New Gilded Age: We’ve Seen It All Before

Wight Martindale Jr.

Wealth distribution, corruption, the power of elites, and the marginalization of blacks in America today closely resemble the Gilded Age. What could go wrong?

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August 23, 2021

Critical Theory vs. “Mostmodernism”

William L. Krayer

Critical Theory holds that capitalism privatizes the benefits of knowledge through systems of patent and copyright laws, leaving marginalized communities alienated not only from material progress but......

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August 23, 2021

The Politicization of Education Research and the AERA

Richard P. Phelps

Like many science-related professional associations founded on the principles of unbiased research, nonpartisanship, and best practices, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) has become......

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August 23, 2021

Poisoning the Well of Art Education

Michelle Marder Kamhi

Art education has been gravely damaged by its practitioners’ obsession with antiracism, replete with efforts to “decenter” whiteness and “Western aesthetics” and with the......

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August 23, 2021

A Conservative Prof. Sees the Enemy . . . And It Is Us!

Seth Forman

A conservative professor’s defense of the university as a place where “political ideas can be openly debated” is contravened by a massive new study on academic freedom. Review of......

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August 23, 2021

Interstitium: The Ideological Domination of America

Dwight D. Murphey

A new organ of society has an ideological infection that ensures the rest of society follows its orthodoxy. Is there any chance of limiting the infection so society might thrive again? 

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August 23, 2021

The Wreckage of Endowed Chairs

Daniel Pipes

More and more history departments are staffed by named chairs, who through guaranteed income and other benefits leave their discipline in disarray by failing to attract students and allowing ever-grea......

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August 23, 2021

Free College and the Problem of College Readiness

Jackson Toby

Free college for all will lower academic standards, increase the need for remedial education, and decrease student achievement overall. 

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August 23, 2021

The Diversity Dilemma

John Staddon

Racial and ethnic diversity can contribute to greater intellectual diversity, but there is no guarantee especially if one group is easily offended. 

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August 23, 2021

An Immigration Success Story

Jackson Toby

Higher education at its best can offer hardworking and tenacious students good mentors and a road to a better life.

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August 23, 2021

Sir Roger Scruton: Good, Beautiful, True

Steven Kessler

English philosopher Roger Scruton believed the traditions, rituals, and institutions bequeathed to us by our ancestors were the keys to human well-being.

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August 23, 2021

Ralph Ellison and the “Complex Fate” of Being an American

Oliver Spivey

A review of The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison edited by John F. Callahan and Marc C. Conner.

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August 23, 2021

God and School in New York

Michael Astrue

A review of Religious Liberty and Education: A Case Study of Yeshivas vs. New York edited by Jason Bedrick, Jay P. Greene, and Matthew H. Lee.

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August 23, 2021

America’s First Female Doctors Changed the Practice of Medicine

Robert Carle

A review of The Doctors Blackwell by Janice Nimura.

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August 23, 2021

A Plagiarism Schematic

David Randall

A review of Disguised Academic Plagiarism: A Typology and Case Studies for Researchers and Editors by M.V. Dougherty.

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August 23, 2021

The Arab Military and American Foreign Policy

Edward S. Shapiro

A review of Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness by Kenneth M. Pollack

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August 23, 2021

In Defense of Free Speech on Campus

Glenn Ricketts

A review of Free Speech and Liberal Education: A Plea for Intellectual Diversity and Tolerance by Donald Downs.

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August 23, 2021

The University-Industrial-Woke Complex

Daniel Asia

A review of Beyond Woke by Michael Rectenwald.

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August 23, 2021

Presidential Executive Orders Concerning Critical Race Theory

Donald J. Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr.

What have the last two presidents thought of Critical Race Theory? Read them in their own words in these two executive orders.

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August 23, 2021

Four Poems: Then and Now

Catharine Savage Brosman, John Keats and Charles Baudelaire

A look at our great poetic heritage with poems by John Keats and Charles Baudelaire (the latter in translation), and to the present with a new poem by Catherine Savage Brosman.

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