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Peter Boghossian, Portland, postmodernism, academic research, education

Administrators Strike Back

The academic world is filled with “scholars” who write papers that are almost never cited, and which are so filled with gobbledygook and periphrasis that they are almost impossible to read. Without cracking up, anyway. A year and a half ago I wrote about one team who authored fake papers

Dean Ellis, diversity, racism, quotas

Why Fire the Dean?

Students and faculty at the University of Southern California are upset because a popular dean of the Marshall School of Business, James Ellis, has been fired by interim USC President Wanda Austin. Hundreds have rallied in protest and petitioned for his reinstatement. Why the ouster?  The administration has offered a

A Faulty Gun Report

While statistics are generally unreliable, data about gun crimes often qualify as “anti-data.” “This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools . . . reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting,’” National Public Radio told us yesterday. Like previous stats

ladder, education, success, poverty, racism, schools, charter

An Expert Explains Failure

The failures of the public high schools in the District of Columbia go on an on. It is quite a scandal, as I explained this weekend at Townhall. And yet some “charter schools that serve large populations of children from low-income families,” notes the Washington Post, after providing much detail

Marco Rubio, Elizabeth Warren, student, loan, debt, Florida, federalism, states, federal, law, college loan

Will Feds Foil Foolish Licensing?

It would be nice if the federal government used its often-abused authority over state and local governments to outlaw various forms of state and local oppression. In his book Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government and the Erosion of Liberty, Clint Bolick argues that the federal government is not alone

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, race, racism, low expectations, condescension, Stuyvesant High, quota, affirmative action

Degrading Expectations

Expect racism to come from the Right . . . we are told by the Left. On Wednesday, I considered the sad case of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, pushing racial resentment in a black church, asking for an “amen” after telling the parishioners that there was something very

affirmative action, quota, college admissions, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, racism, discrimination, reverse, justice, fairness

Demeritocracy

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has a beef with Stuyvesant High School. It’s about race, of course. Stuy (as it is affectionately known) is a tuition-free accelerated academic/college prep program open to all city residents based on how well they perform on a specific test. Unsurprisingly, Asians make up

guns, gun control, school shootings, 2nd Amendment, good men, self defense

Good Men With Guns

We hear too much about “successful” mass murderers — from news readers, journalists, and so-called experts. And it is hard not to think about the disturbed gunmen who kill as a way to feel powerful for a few seconds as they seek revenge for whatever they hate about their lives.

guns, gun control, second Amendment, school shooting,can we do nothing?

What to Do

Another school shooting — more dead and injured, many more terrified by the violence. And, in its wake, more demands for gun control, schools as hardened targets, and mental health initiatives. Oh, and finger-pointing at video games, too. So what should we do? Stop publicizing the names of these school

Scot Peterson, Parkland, police, pension, Broward County, Florida, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, guns, gun control, second amendment

Cowards All Around

Just-retired Scot Peterson is a millionaire, thanks to the generous taxpayers of Broward County, Florida. You know Peterson as the sheriff’s deputy assigned to protect students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, who, instead of entering the building where the shooter was mowing down 17 unarmed students and teachers, protected

schools, corruption, D.C., Washington, education, cheating, incentives, teachers, union

Reading, Writing & Racketeering

When I attended a public school — many decades ago, in a galaxy far, far away — teachers told students that cheating was unacceptable and would be punished. Harshly. Today, the idea has students laughing — all the way to graduation. Last year, after DC Public Schools officials breathlessly announced

public schools, education, democracy,, propaganda, ignorance

Grading Democracy on the Curve

Voters, we are told, are amazingly ignorant. So, what to do? “Ultimately, the ideal democracy is one in which as many citizens as possible vote,” writes Dambisa Moyo at The Guardian, “and the voters are armed with the most objective information. Yet today only a fraction of the electorate are

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