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Analysis and Commentary

Reflections On A Four-Year Sentence

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A surprising array of events are arranged in four-year cycles: leap years, the Olympics, presidential elections, and many “terms of office,” including those on the Maryland State Board of Education, where I just concluded my tour of duty.

Analysis and Commentary

Harvard President Larry Bacow Proclaimed Diversity Of Thought At A Speech At Peking University On March 20, 2019

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Harvard President Larry Bacow, speaking at Peking University six weeks before the centennial of the May Fourth Movement, stated that the purpose of a university is the search for truth, which “has to be discovered, revealed through argument and experiment, tested on the anvil of opposing explanations and ideas,” in short, academic freedom.
Analysis and Commentary

NJ'S Challenge Is To Maintain Standards For High School Graduation

by Michael J. Petrillivia NJ Spotlight
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Recent turmoil over graduation requirements in Garden State must not open the door to less rigorous expectations for students.

In the News

We Don’t Need To Trash Higher Education, We Need To Make It Better

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Federalist
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Although the recent scandal of celebrities bribing their kids into college has a relatively low impact on the main problems concerning American universities (and seems to affirm their admissions processes more than anything), it has certainly revived the conversation on all these matters.

In the News

What We’re Watching: Have We Closed Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps?

mentioning Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Monday, March 25, 2019

On Tuesday, April 9 at noon, an event surrounding the release of a new study on socioeconomic achievement gaps will be hosted by Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Analysis and Commentary

University Admissions Scandal Is A Dog-Bites-Man Story

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, March 25, 2019

The revelations that parents of applicants to tony universities bribed university officials to engineer their children’s admission have provoked the usual complaints of class privilege corrupting higher education’s meritocratic system and lofty mission. But those horses left the university barn decades ago. The real issue deserving of exposure and condemnation is the role of the federal government in demanding and encouraging this corruption.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: How Declining Birth Rates Could Affect Schools

by Paul E. Peterson interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Exchange
Monday, March 25, 2019

A decline in birth rates in the U.S. could mean that the school-aged population will spiral downward in the next decade and beyond. Would this be a disaster for schools? Or could there be a silver lining?

In the News

How To Prevent Wealth From Predetermining Admissions

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Campus Times
Sunday, March 24, 2019

It’s been hard to avoid the recent college admissions scandals, in which many rich and famous parents tried to buy their children spots at elite universities. This involved mail fraud and bribing athletic coaches and standardized test proctors, sometimes to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In the News

Commentary: Utah Can Learn From The Successful School Turnarounds

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Salt Lake Tribune
Sunday, March 24, 2019
According to Dr. Eric Hanushek, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, “Improved education is the key to the future for the U.S., as our economy depends on having a highly skilled workforce.”
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Analysis and Commentary

Dinesh D'Souza And Critical Students Have Civilized Dialogue

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, March 23, 2019

I’ve seen multiple YouTube videos of Q&A sessions when Dinesh D-Souza gives talks at universities. He often gets his share of hostile comments and I wondered how he would be treated at Stanford when he spoke there last month. So I watched the first few minutes of his speech and then jumped to Q&A. The talk is titled “The moral case for Trump’s wall.” It probably goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: I’m not a fan of the wall.

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