Charles J. Sykes
Charles J. Sykes was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a well-known author who writes on education, welfare reform, free market economics, social trends, and privacy issues.
Sykes is also a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, where he serves as editor in chief of the policy journal WI: Wisconsin Interest.
Sykes has a long-held interest in K–12 education. A sharp critic of the current education system, his writing and commentary provide thought-provoking ideas on education reform. He is currently working on an anthology on education reform.
Sykes is the author of several books including The End of Privacy: Personal Rights in the Surveillance Society (St. Martin’s Press, 1999); Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves, but Can’t Read, Write, or Add (St. Martin’s Press, 1995); A Nation of Victims: The Decline of the American Character (St. Martin’s Press, 1992); ProfScam: Professors and the Demise of Higher Education (St. Martin’s, 1988); and The Hollow Men: Politics and Corruption in Higher Education (Regnery, 1990).
Sykes was coeditor of the National Review College Guide (Simon and Schuster, 1992). He has written on social and public policy issues for many national publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
In addition to his scholarly work, Sykes also is the host of the highest-rated daily radio program in the state, which airs on WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee. He also hosts a Sunday morning television show on the city’s NBC affiliate.