Today’s assault on intellectual excellence in the academy will eventually end. Hopefully, an investigation will then commence on its causes, and all the usual suspects will be rounded up. This tribunal will, however, likely ignore one key culprit: ordinary faculty—people like me—who complained about the assault, all while enthusiastically aiding it. Yes, some criticized the … Continue reading “How the Best of Intentions Created Today’s Academic Disasters”
Since the early 1960s, universities have sought to achieve racial equality. Initiatives have ranged from offering extra tutoring for struggling minority students to making them more comfortable on campus by providing segregated housing and black-only graduation ceremonies. Unfortunately, nothing has worked. Now, after over a half century of trying everything imaginable and sparing no expense, … Continue reading “Bending the Knee for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity”
Another take on Salaita: not an abridgment of academic freedom, but a failure to uphold academic standards
The proliferation of identity politics on our campuses is destroying intellectual vitality.
It’s almost impossible for professors to teach objectively these days.
Emory University’s president has blundered into censure over a remark that shouldn’t offend anyone.
Students can encourage good teaching and discourage bad teaching through operant conditioning.
Higher graduation rates won’t help the economy because college reinforces bad work habits.
College education wouldn’t cost so much if students could “unbundle” and buy just what they want.
Don’t use litigation; get off the campus.