Educated opinion and commentary on developments and trends in higher education

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Higher Education and the Perfect Data Storm

May 09, 2012 by David Clemens |

To understand what's really going on at our colleges and universities, we need to look beyond data, writes David Clemens.

College Degrees Versus Savoir Faire

May 09, 2012 by George Leef |

College degrees will become less and less important as people turn to other means of showing their abilities.

How to Be Sarcastic

May 09, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Sarcasm, for all the license it takes, is a form of restraint. Its a way of avoiding the obvious while nonetheless giving it voice.

For Students: Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminars

May 08, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

This summer the Independent Institute is offering San Francisco Bay-area seminars for high school and college students where they can learn from top scholars about individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets,…

Two Kinds of Critical Thinking

May 08, 2012 by AILACT |

A reply by the board of a scholarly organization to Peter Wood’s Comments on “Critical Thinking.”

Ask a Scholar: Declining the Second Term

May 07, 2012 by Jason Jividen |

Has there ever been a president who did not run for a second term by choice?

“Teaching as a Subversive Activity”: The Theory of Political Indoctrination

May 04, 2012 by Zombie |

Teachers have a "moral imperative" to shape students' beliefs and make them "agents for change," declared a lanugage professor at a recent Berkeley lecture.

Ruminations at the end of the semester

May 04, 2012 by Daniel Asia |

I have recently returned from a trip abroad.  In receiving my peanuts, pretzels and drink during the flight, I also received two napkins.

Where the Job Growth Will Be

May 04, 2012 by George Leef |

Most of the job openings in the labor market in the next decade won't require college education.

College Is a Drain

May 03, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

This week brought a shower of pronouncements about how college is squandering American resources. 

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Community Colleges

May 03, 2012 by William H. Young |

William Young examines the role of Community Colleges in American higher education.

UCLA: Still Obsessed with Diversity

May 02, 2012 by Peter Wood |

The College of Letters and Science at the University of California-Los Angeles will soon vote on whether to add a required general education course called "Community and Conflict" - which simply turns out to be a new euphemism…

How to Be Succinct

May 01, 2012 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood suggests ways to keep it short.

Fang Lizhi, 1991 Sidney Hook Award Recipient

Apr 30, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

NAS mourns the passing of an intrepid advocate of free inquiry and democracy.

Give It the Old College Try

Apr 30, 2012 by Richard Vedder |

Richard Vedder criticizes low interest student loans, which he says will not be of much benefit to students and will serve to entice people to go to college unnecessarily.

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