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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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), […]

The University of Eastern Washington Denies the Truth about Rachel Dolezal

Note to Readers: On June 15 late in the day, Eastern Washington University scrubbed most references to Rachel Dolezal from the website, starting with the faculty bio I write about below. My observations, written before the material was deleted, pertain to the now-deleted entry about Miss Dolezal on the Africana Studies webpage. The link to […]

Sisterhood Ain’t What It Used to Be: Meet Triplets Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal, and Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther

Coming of age in the 1970’s I knew one thing for certain: sisterhood is powerful. As a college student, the halls of my university were chockablock with female professors of all ranks, and, in the rarified air of the administration building, women held powerful leadership positions. So I grew up thinking not that women could […]

Caitlyn Jenner Doesn’t Get It

I’ve been thinking a lot about Caitlyn Jenner lately, because who hasn’t? I think there was a law passed somewhere that says we have to. The first thing that occurred to me was to wonder whether Jenner would apply for admission to college. Mount Holyoke, Smith, Wellesley, Barnard, Mills would welcome an application from Jenner. […]

Sophia Smith Grows a Pair

It’s a sign of our depraved times that when the Smith College board of trustees announced a new admissions policy, the change was not heralded with a bang, not even with a whimper. Although “bang” and “wimp” are both concepts relevant to the policy as it now stands. Smith College, founded by an 1870 bequest […]

More Fun with Microaggression

It’s the first of the year, and everything old is new again. Remember Seinfeld, the show about nothing? The updated version of the Seinfeld conceit, Microaggression, is being serialized on college campuses everywhere. If you are unsure of the premise–something about nothing–let one of the rising stars of Microaggression explain. Felicia Harris blogs for The […]

It’s True: Black Lives Don’t Matter

  “Dear Harvard College students,” writes Dean Rakesh Khurana on December 8, I know that my words cannot begin to express the emotions or claim the lived experiences that so many of us are feeling in the wake of the events in Ferguson and Staten Island. But there are moments when we cannot stay silent. So […]