Economist Herbert Stein’s old adage—”If something cannot go on forever, it will stop”—still holds. Take illegal immigration. There are currently somewhere from 11 million to 15 million immigrants living in the United States without legal authorization. Last month, nearly 100,000 people were apprehended or turned away while trying to illegally cross the southern border. Some experts suggest that at least that number made it across without arrest.
The nation’s procrastinators had a busy weekend looking for that W-2 they received in January. With any luck, they found it and completed their tax return with time to spare. Tax Day has now passed. Accountants have put down their calculators and are readying their vacation plans.
Half a century has passed since I first fell through the looking glass into the peculiar world of federal education research and development. As an extremely junior domestic-policy aide in the Nixon White House, I helped Pat Moynihan, Jim Allen, George Shultz, and others craft what, in March 1970, became a presidential message to Congress proposing creation of a “National Institute of Education” (NIE). Two years later, it came into existence and it’s been reinvented and reconstructed twice since then—plus innumerable fine-tunings—into what is now the Education Department’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES).
The Fourth Industrial Revolution will affect how people work, communicate, and travel. Hoover IP² has organized a conference, “Institutions and Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” that addresses a core public policy question: What institutions, policies, rules, and regulations will maximize individual benefits and economic surplus as the Fourth Industrial Revolution takes root?
“Build new, don’t reform old,” says Jason Bedrick as he attempts to use my experience on the Maryland State Board of Education to prove that “the system is beyond reform,” and to imply that school choice is the only strategy worth pursuing. He’s maybe 30 percent correct, which isn’t a winning tally.
Almost a decade ago, I wrote that “the greatest challenge facing America’s schools today isn’t the budget crisis, or standardized testing, or ‘teacher quality.’ It’s the enormous variation in the academic level of students coming into any given classroom.”
Here are some recent headlines: “Massive survey finds 1 in 3 college freshman struggle with mental health.” (Research published by the American Psychological Association) “The College Student Mental Health Crisis.” (Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors survey of counseling center directors).
Often, when I get curious about an economist I hear about or who asks me to friend him (I’ll use “him” to stand for “him/her”) on Facebook, I do a Google search and his ratings on “Rate My Professor” show up. So I often go to the ratings to see what students say. I know I’m getting a biased sample for which the particular biases are unknown but, still, it’s some information.
Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul talks about Russia’s interference in the election, as well as his fears about a new arms race and what it has meant for him to be banned from returning to Russia.
Protectionism does not really help preserve jobs and offers little defence against the job-destroying effects of automation and artificial intelligence, former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan has said, asserting that industrial and developing nations cannot afford to ignore the democratic reaction from those left behind by globalisation and technological change.
Victor Davis Hanson was on Fox last night with Laura Ingraham talking about Notre Dame. Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist. He is a Peloponnesian War expert, ancient Greece, and that entire era expert. And, as such, he’s also an expert on religions. Not theology per se, although he’s quite learned.
Pressure has been building on colleges to stop chasing the same small subset of privileged, highly test-prepped applicants and start admitting needier kids. But suggests that the particular form this pressure has taken — including popular rankings based on Pell enrollment — has been at least partly backfiring.
Undergraduates at Georgetown University have voted to pay reparations to descendants of slaves the school once owned. Meanwhile, Democratic candidates for the 2020 US presidential nomination unanimously support creating a commission to study slavery’s impact on African Americans, with a reparations program as a possible outcome. These are the latest victories of an international movement for reparations which, despite its flawed and misguided justifications, continues to grow.
It’s time to wage not just ideational but economic warfare against leftist academia. Three recent events add to growing evidence of the academic Left's malevolent nature. The least disturbing of the three stories is in itself tremendously troubling. The mega-distinguished Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield, who had been invited to give a commencement address at Concordia University in Canada, was then disinvited by its president because, reportedly, some alumni and faculty allege that Mansfield “traffics in damaging and discredited philosophies of gender and culture.”
The propulsion of senator and lawyer Kamala Harris to front-runner status among the Democrats hoping to take on President Donald Trump in 2020 has underlined the resurgent political power of her home state.
Hillsdale College announces the launch of The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour, a new nationally syndicated radio program produced by the College. The program currently is broadcast on nine stations in three states.