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Illiberal Education at Swarthmore

Illiberal Education at Swarthmore

Swarthmore College junior Danielle Charette comments on her illiberal education at that top ranked college in today’s Wall Street Journal.  Unfortunately, Swarthmore is not unusual in this regard.

What? A Conservative Professor?

What? A Conservative Professor?

Originally published in The Daily Caller, March 15, 2013 Do we need affirmative action for conservative professors? – The Wall Street Journal reports that Steven Hayward has been appointed as the first visiting scholar of conservative thought and policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Hayward is an outstanding selection for the position. He has […]

Come But Don’t Learn?

Come But Don’t Learn?

Originally published in The Oregonian, March 7, 2013 – Needing to catch up on immigration reform – Once upon a time, Oregonians expected to be leaders. The beach bill, the bottle bill, the aerosol spray ban, the initiative and referendum, even the gas tax — all were Oregon innovations. But now that we are about […]

Perverse Incentives of the Lawyers Guild

Perverse Incentives of the Lawyers Guild

Originally published in The Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2013 – Law schools are in trouble. Applications are down almost 50% to an estimated 54,000 this year from 100,000 in 2004. Little wonder. According to the National Association for Law Placement, barely 65% of 2011 graduates had landed law-related employment within nine months of graduation, […]

The Law Comes to Reed

The Law Comes to Reed

There has been much speculation and wonderment about Reed’s hiring of former Oregon attorney general, law professor and federal prosecutor John Kroger as its new president.  But no one expected, though they should have, that the former prosecutor of bad guys would go after the college’s long standing traditions of (and reputation for) drug and […]

Oregon Not on the Cutting Edge

Oregon Not on the Cutting Edge

The Daily Caller reports that the University of Minnesota has gotten the jump on Oregon progressives when it comes to sex education.

More Staff, Fewer Teachers

More Staff, Fewer Teachers

Originally published in The Oregonian, November 17, 2012 – Oregon schools: Are we putting money into staff at student expense? Writing in Sunday’s Oregonian, Susan Nielsen says that Governor Kitzhaber and the Legislature face a parent rebellion if they don’t figure out how to reduce class sizes pronto. (“As Kitzhaber plans for later, parents ask […]

Fix Schools, Then Buildings

Fix Schools, Then Buildings

Originally published in The Oregonian, September 14, 2012 – How Portland Public Schools can earn my vote on its $482 million bond — By Greg Goodman Imagine that only 53 percent of students in your district graduate from high school on time. Imagine that the district teachers union has constantly opposed education reforms adopted by […]

Curbing PERS Costs Is Key to Funding Schools

Curbing PERS Costs Is Key to Funding Schools

Originally published in The Forest Grove News Times — September 4, 2012 – By Representative Katie Eyre – As our kids begin returning to the classroom, we will once again be reminded of the significant funding challenges facing schools throughout our community. With shorter school years, bigger class sizes and teacher layoffs, it’s clear local […]

Buckstein Urges No Vote on Measure 85

Buckstein Urges No Vote on Measure 85

Originally published in The Oregonian — September 5, 2012 – By Steve Buckstein – This November, Oregon voters will be asked to direct a highly uncertain, highly volatile and relatively small amount of income tax money into the state’s general fund, supposedly to help schoolchildren. If Measure 85 would surely benefit kids, we might have […]

Can Civics Education Be Value Neutral

Can Civics Education Be Value Neutral

“To what extent should intolerance be tolerated and how can a commitment to pluralism and a unified civic culture be reconciled?  These questions are at the heart of the challenge of civics education according to Rita Koganzon of the American Enterprise Institute.  Read Koganzon’s essay on civics education here.

Nancy Leonard: A Friend of Southern Oregon

Nancy Leonard: A Friend of Southern Oregon

Last week, Southern Oregon lost an outstanding citizen. Nancy Leonard had dedicated nearly three decades of her life in service to the Upper Rogue communities. She was widely respected both as a civic minded individual and as owner and editor of Eagle Point’s Upper Rogue Independent newspaper. Nancy truly held the education and the interests […]

A Risk Worth Taking

A Risk Worth Taking

Jack Roberts writes in The Oregonian that Governor Kitzhaber’s appointment of Rudy Crew of Oregon education czar is a risk worth taking.  Of course, as with all risks, time will tell.  Read Robert’s commentary here.

Wisconsin’s Recall Election Was About More than Collective Bargaining

Wisconsin’s Recall Election Was About More than Collective Bargaining

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Strassel observes that the Wisconsin recall election was about far more than collective bargaining.  Strassel says that ending collective bargaining for public sector workers was just part of much broader structural reforms allowing government to better spend its existing resources.  Strassel provides several examples of cost savings with […]

A Positive, Conservative, Federal Education Agenda

A Positive, Conservative, Federal Education Agenda

Frederick Hess and Andrew Kelly write in The Weekly Standard that conservatives should accept that the federal government is not getting out of education (and the Department of Education will not be shuttered).   The challenge, they say, is for conservatives to suggest a positive role for the federal government.  They suggest three general approaches:  1. […]

Can Rudy Fix Oregon’s Education System?

Can Rudy Fix Oregon’s Education System?

Writing for the Cascade Insider, Steve Buckstein is doubtful that the Governor’s new education czar, Rudy Crew, will be able to fix Oregon’s education system top to bottom.  The biggest problem is that the system will not be fixed from the top.

The High Cost of Higher Education

The High Cost of Higher Education

Brian Tamanaha is right about the reasons law school is too expensive.  But the problem is not limited to law schools.  Similar factors drive high costs in colleges, although there is more choice at the undergraduate level.  The question is whether law schools and colleges will fix the problems, or will be driven out of […]

Double Standards in the Academy?  Can’t Be

Double Standards in the Academy? Can’t Be

A few weeks ago we posted reference to the firing of a Chronicle of Higher Education writer for having taken on the legitimacy of some scholarship that passes under heading of “black studies.”  The critique didn’t meet the high standards of the Chronicle, said its editor.  Frederick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute had a […]

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