The Ugly Side of the Elites: Derek Bok Knows What’s Good for You

Former Harvard University President Derek Bok has an essay in today’s Inside Higher Ed that I find disturbing. It’s not that Improving the Quality of Higher Education contains frightening revelations about the current state of post-secondary education–indeed, for most of the essay Bok simply repeats points he has made in his earlier books Our Underachieving […]

Chelsea Manning is NOT a Fellow. I Thought We Had Already Established That.

So Chelsea Manning is no longer a “visiting fellow” at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Manning’s still on the docket to speak and to meet with students eager to learn, presumably how one betrays ones country. While others begin foaming at the mouth that Harvard–well, the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School–is giving convicted felons […]

Listen Up, Tucker Carlson: Put the Blame for Intellectual Genocide Where it Belongs

Note: An earlier version of this essay appeared on the American Thinker website. Recently sixteen faculty members from three of our most distinguished universities—Harvard, Princeton, and Yale—wrote an open letter to the Class of 2021. The letter, short and to the point, advises freshmen to eschew “fashionable opinions” and to think for themselves. Scrupulously devoid […]

Separating Feelings from Facts is Hard to Do–Just Ask Terry Hartle

Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president at the American Council on Education, has an interesting essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Hartle, who at one time worked for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Cape Pogue), is a policy wonk—and I mean that in the nicest possible way. There is no one whose take […]

Inside the Ivory Tower, Where the Wild Things Are

Fess up. Just like me, you’ve been spending lazy summer afternoons pondering the question of the moment: why can’t higher education get no respect? Put another way, why have U.S. college and university campuses become the collective laughingstock of thinking people everywhere? Look no further that today’s home page of Inside Higher Education, an on-line […]

Not My Choice: Massachusetts’ Failed Health Insurance Fiasco

The sooner the evil Republicans kill Obamacare, the better. And by “kill” I mean obliterate, smash to smithereens, crush the life out of, grind into dust. Do I make my self clear? I’m one of those poor unfortunates who fall into the category the likes of Jonathan Gruber and various “lawmakers” call “there’s not enough […]

Where Credit Is Due: Middlebury Alumni Stand Up for Free Speech

One of my go-to websites is RealClearPolitics; every day its compilation of editorials, op-eds and longer polemics contains a raft of worthy articles. If you’re not checking it out, you should be. Case in point. On May 30 RCP published Richard Cohen’s meditation on the punishments Middlebury meted out to the anti-free speech bullies it […]

Case Closed: Middlebury Puts the Past Behind

Miss emerging from her safe space. Miss has emerged from her safe space, at least temporarily, to remark upon the denouement of the free-speech melodrama played out earlier this spring on the campus of Middlebury College in snow-flakey Vermont. The college has just released a report on the riotous antics of its students and “outside […]

Will your Valentine be Unbearable?

  So my sister, who is “mother” to my nephew’s second-grade class, just finished baking, decorating, and glassine-wrapping enough heart-shaped cookies so that all the little tiny terrors in Ms. Wilson’s room will receive a Valentine that provides, according to sis, “enough sugar to last them the weekend.” Twenty-seven sets of parents are sending bad […]

Lady Professor Puts the “Con” in “Connecticut”

Funny thing about English professors. They spend a lifetime explaining to their students about “perception” and “reality.” It’s easy to understand why they do: literary masterpieces through the ages have been built on the premise that things are not always what they seem. So Minatu Roychoudhuri, an associate professor at Capital Community College (Hartford, CT), […]