Recent Articles

Exam Angst

, Malcolm A. Kline

From kindergarten to college, no one hates tests more than the students forced to take them, with the possible exception of the schools forced to administer them.

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Academia’s Mission Creep

, George C. Leef

Businesses that diversify into many different markets outside of the one where they’re very good often wind up being mediocre to poor in everything. A university that succumbs to the temptation to expand into areas other than education is apt to have the same result.

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Can Academia Confront Iraq?

, Abraham Taylor

The film challenges extreme but growing ideas such as that of Gordon Feldman, professor at Brandeis University who described terrorism as merely “ways of inflicting revenge on an enemy that seems unable or unwilling to respond to rational pleas for discussion and justice.”

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Fahrenheit 9-11 Torpedoed

, Malcolm A. Kline

The withdrawal of George Mason University’s (GMU) speaking invitation to controversial filmmaker Michael Moore stands out in a school year in which the presidential election gives college professors and administrators the chance to vividly display their partisan biases.

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Barely Civil Rights At UNC And Beyond

, Malcolm A. Kline

When a college professor upbraided a student in an e-mail to the class over that student’s refusal to accept homosexuality in a discussion centered around that topic, the instructor set off a chain reaction that led to a federal investigation.

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(X) Free Speech (X)

, Malcolm A. Kline

In this day and age, it is interesting to see what type of free speech that college and universities allow. A survey of some recent cases suggests that they find political statements risky, particularly conservative ones, but pornography fair game.

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Colleges Choking On Cash

, Malcolm A. Kline

School officials have no trouble finding projects to spend budget dollars on: Duke University, for example, gives each freshman a cutting-edge high tech i-pod for no particular reason.

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Black Rock & The Ivory Tower

, Malcolm A. Kline

Some of the media heavyweights who weighed in on the CBS scandal also moonlight as college professors. Some of these journalists, in turn, remain perplexed about the the story itself.

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Recent Articles

Twilight in Cairo

, Accuracy in Academia

We recap Egyptian human rights activist Cynthia Farahat’s appearance at Accuracy in Academia’s May 2013 author’s night in the latest issue of AIA’s monthly Campus Report newsletter.

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Diversity: The New Segregation

, Malcolm A. Kline

Perhaps it takes someone educated in the Civil Rights era to see the startling similarities between yesterday’s segregationists and today’s diversity officers, although the fact that both claim to advance “the common good” should raise suspicions.

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Bad Day @ Boulder

, Malcolm A. Kline

The Colorado Board of Regents wants to take a poll to find out whether ideology governs hiring practices in the university system and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)  is clearly not happy about it.

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America’s Common Core @ Risk

, Spencer Irvine

Like top-down efforts to reform education pursued by Republican presidents, the Obama Administration’s Common Core program, in which states exchange essentially national standards for federal aid, is already flailing, if not failing.

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Catholic Sociology

, Spencer Irvine

When you get outside the Cathedral and even the Theology Department of CUA, you find a curriculum startlingly similar to that of many secular institutions of higher learning.

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