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Better Citizens: Obama’s Higher-Education Agenda, Part 4A of 8

Mar 21, 2012 by Peter Wood |

In the fourth installment of his eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s goal of using American higher education to inculcate progressive political values.

Core Curricula off the Court

Mar 21, 2012 by Ashley Chandler |

In the midst of March madness, Ashley Chandler finds that six teams in the top 64 represent colleges and universities that provide core curricula.

The Worst of Both Worlds

Mar 21, 2012 by George Leef |

Federal student aid programs have given us the worst of both worlds -- rising costs and falling student learning.

The Razor’s Edge

Mar 20, 2012 by Robin Fox |

Professor Fox emphasizes the importance of teaching Western culture, given the fragility of today's liberal democratic societies, which exist "on a razor's edge." This article appears in the spring 2012 "Why Study the West?"…

Bell Epoque

Mar 20, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood evaluates the reactions to the release of a video evincing Barack Obama's friendship with Dr. Derrick Bell, and he considers whether it matters that the U.S. President was influenced by a scholar who championed critical…

Revising Teacher Education: Meaningful Change or Window Dressing?

Mar 19, 2012 by Richard Vedder |

Will the newly formed accrediting agency for education schools enact some real reforms to improve K-12 education?

The Complexities of Hate Crimes

Mar 19, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

Jackson Toby reflects on the practical difficulties when juries in criminal trials seek to determine what "bias" might consist of in criminal prosecutions, while CEI attorney Hans Bader sees big problems with breadth and vagueness.

Med School in Vienna to Give Preference to Female Applicants

Mar 16, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

A medical school in Austria will grade its applicants by gender with the results weighed toward women, reports the Associated Press.

Politics and Presidential Primaries: Students Weigh In

Mar 16, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

Student newspaper editors and analysts cover the GOP presidential primaries,  the 2012 election, and how to engage civilly in political controversy.

Full Moon

Mar 15, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood reflects on delusion, discovery, and deception in light of the dangerous knowledge of the scientist Ron Fouchier and the deceit of the prominent climate researcher Peter Gleick.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Jobs

Mar 15, 2012 by William H. Young |

William Young discusses the growing number of jobs in technological fields and the shrinking pool of workers qualified to fill them.

Higher Ed and Plato’s Cave

Mar 14, 2012 by George Leef |

American higher ed is like Plato's parable of the cave.

Oxford and Columbia: Depth and Breadth

Mar 14, 2012 by Thomas Dineen |

Thomas Dineen compares his education at Oxford with that at Columbia and finds that the universities represent two systems with separate sets of values and attitudes. 

Professors Also Need to be Students

Mar 13, 2012 by Jason Fertig |

When you spend the bulk of your time driving, it's easy to forget how the car looks from the passenger seat.

College for All: Obama’s Higher Ed Agenda, Part 3 of 8

Mar 13, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Does higher education provide the only path to financial security, global comptetitiveness, personal fulfillment, and active citizenship?

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