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Analysis and Commentary

Economics 1 Again, But So Different

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Friday, September 25, 2020

We just finished the second week of Economics 1, Stanford’s introductory economics course, and the namesake of this blog and my twitter account. So far it has been fun, and for the same reasons that I mentioned years ago when I started teaching the course: (1) “I love to teach.” (2) “I love to do economic research” and teaching is “a natural extension of research.” (3) “I love economic policy—the application of economics to government as well as to decision-making in business.”

Analysis and Commentary

Is It Time For A “490 B.C. Project”?

by Morgan E. Hunter, Williamson M. Evers, Victor Davis Hansonvia Independent Institute
Friday, September 25, 2020

When Americans knew classical history, they could reach beyond partisan differences by drawing on the shared roots of our civilization.

Victor Davis Hanson
In the News

Bakersfield College Introduces Virtual Distinguished Speaker Series

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia 23ABC News
Thursday, September 24, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The third distinguished speaker in a series of six takes place on September 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: How The Pandemic Could Lead To Smarter School Spending

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses Rick Hess’s and Brandon Wright's newly edited volume, Getting the Most Bang for the Education Buck.

In the News

Students, Professors Mourn Ginsburg’s Death, Raise Concerns About Future Of The Court

quoting Michael McConnellvia Stanford Daily
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States and a bastion of gender equality, died on Friday.

Analysis and Commentary

Rocky Road To Better Civics Education

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

There’s much energy in the cosmos these days around civics education, history education, maybe even “patriotic” history and civics education. Raj Vinnakota’s project on behalf of several private foundations yielded an admirable “landscape analysis,” and the WW Foundation (née Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation) that Raj now heads launched a “civic spring” project to foster “hands-on civic learning” among young people.


The Case For Urban Charter Schooling

by David Griffith, Michael J. Petrillivia National Affairs
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A decade ago, the charter-school movement was moving from strength to strength. As student enrollment surged and new schools opened in cities across the country, America's first black president provided much-needed political cover from teachers' union attacks. Yet today, with public support fading and enrollment stalling nationwide — and with Democratic politicians from Elizabeth Warren to Joe Biden disregarding, downplaying, or publicly disavowing the charter movement — the situation for America's charter schools has become virtually unrecognizable.

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The Classicist: The Embers Of California

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Golden State’s recent spate of wildfires represents a broader trend of dysfunctional governance.

In the News

U. Of Chicago Defends Limiting English Grad Students To ‘Black Studies’

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Breitbart
Monday, September 21, 2020

The University of Chicago is defending its decision to force English Ph.D. candidates to focus exclusively on “Black Studies.” The university claims that the decision is insignificant because it will only apply to five incoming grad students that the department plans to admit for the upcoming term.

Human Rights and Religious Persecution

Articles On: Beijing Winter Games, Distance Learning, Sanctions, Hong Kong, Uighur Surveillance, and LGBT+ Community

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, August 23, 2020

This section documents the myriad abuses that the Chinese Communist Party commits against its own people in violation of its commitments under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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