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Matthew A. Sears, SJW, Social Justice Warrior, University, dialectic, truth, argument, protest

Through a Lens, Darkly

The “best debates” are ones in which one side shouts down the other side and threatens violence. Well, that is what a Washington Post essay implies. In “Why ‘social justice warriors’ are the real defenders of free speech on campus,” Matthew A. Sears, an associate professor of classics and ancient

education, school, panic, hysteria, play, gun, toy, private, competition

Leave Them Kids Alone

This just in: oblivious little boys still play cops and robbers. Just as in days of old. Wait. Hold on. Breathe. Just breathe. This sociological fact doesn’t mean that we’re a nation of incipient international terrorists but for the galumphing grace of grumpy zero-tolerant schoolmasters. Common sense says you don’t

Evergreen, students, protest, Heying, Weinstein

The Common School Agenda

The rise of campus radicalism, write Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein in the “Washington Examiner, appears to “validate every fantasy the Right ever had about the Left.”* Heying and Weinstein, who have resigned their positions at Washington State’s public liberal arts college, Evergreen, detail what went wrong at the college

Ballou High School, corruption, cheating, scandal, WAMU, DCPS, Washington D.C. , D.C. Public Schools

Learning to Cheat

Months ago, Ballou High was widely lauded for posting impressive gains in graduation rates — from a abysmal 51 percent two years ago to a much less terrible 64 percent this year — and for the even more remarkable feat of getting every single graduate accepted by a community college

responsibility, Denmark, education, welfare, socialism, Bernie Sanders, freedom

Eternally Postponing Responsibility

There is a common sense element to economics. We ignore it at our peril. So let’s take a cue from the Democratic Party’s current and de facto leader, Bernie Sanders. Turn to Denmark for a model. The Nordic state has what Bernie wants: higher education “free for all.” But there

education, free trade zone, Shenzhen, Chicago, Detroit, regulations, reform

SEZ Ed

The great barrier to educational advance in our time is the federal government. The second great barrier? Your state government. The third great barrier? Your local government. Proposals to break up government-subsidized and -enforced school monopolies have ranged from tax credit proposals and voucher programs to charter schools and (the

schools, education, students, standards, suspension, punishment, discipline

Only Make Believe

Problems can be solved. But for those lacking the merest clue how to solve a given problem . . . alternatives exist. Books can be cooked to pretend the problem no longer exists. And perhaps to fool others. A series of articles in the Washington Post highlights the effort to

Tom Woods, Contra Krugman, podcast, healthcare, welfare,

According to Economics

“Everywhere you look, economics is despised,” writes Tom Woods in his Tuesday email letter. You know what isn’t despised? A daily email letter.* But I digress; back to economics. “The gimme-free-stuff people hate it because they don’t like being told that there might be undesirable side effects from seizing other

Prince George’s County Public Schools, grading, education, incentives,

Ugly Scrutiny

Prince George’s County Public Schools have increased their graduation rates faster than all other schools in Maryland. Measuring from 2013 to 2016, the graduation rate jumped from 74.1 percent to 81.4 percent. Great!  Well . . . a fly has stuck itself into the soothing salve of their success —

academics, universities, college, paper, The Skeptic, western civilization, racism, sexism, prank, joke

Quanta of Nonsense

Last month, two academics wrote a hoax paper. Their preferred journal didn’t accept it, but did suggest an alternative publication. They sent the paper to the recommended outlet, and it was published. The paper? “The conceptual penis as a social construct.” The Skeptic provided an overview; Professor Gad Saad chortled

Washington, D.C., daycare, day-care, licensing, regulations, bureaucracy, laws, rules, accreditation

D.C.’s Diaper-Dandy Regulation

Where is child care most expensive? In America, it is in our shining, shimmering national swamp. Yes, in Washington, D.C., infant care averages nearly $1,900 a month, more than $22,000 a year. So naturally, if you’re a politician, you see that as too . . . low? It has been

apprentice, Praxis, education, training, skills, college, costs

The Leading Edge of Higher Ed

“People are paying tons of money to be kept out of the real world . . . being taught by people most of whom have never even worked in the business world. It’s kinda crazy.” Well, yeah. There’s a lot of crazy in modern college life. Which is one reason

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