Category Archives: History

The cost of civic illiteracy

Eric Bledsoe of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni ponders the price tag associated with civic illiteracy in the United States. He shares his findings with Washington Examiner readers. Recently, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released a major report: “The Crisis in Civic Education.” ACTA’s curricular survey of over 1,100 collegesContinue Reading






Remembering Challenger 30 years later

There are few news events that stick with you throughout your life. One for me certainly is the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger shortly after liftoff on January 28, 1986. The shuttle’s crew of seven were killed, including Ronald McNair, who had graduated magna cum laude in engineering physics from North Carolina A&T andContinue Reading






‘The fact that the minimum wage destroys jobs was once its main selling point’

The New Republic reviews an important new book by Thomas C. Leonard: Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics & American Economics in the Progressive Era. Among his revelations: The minimum wage was created to destroy jobs; progressives (including the founders of this magazine) really did hate small businesses and they were all way too enthusiastic about Germany’s social structure. But Leonard’s personal politicsContinue Reading






Going beyond invention to tweaking, adaptation

Historian John Steele Gordon offers Barron’s readers an interesting lesson in the perfection and adaptation of new inventions. In the 15th century, Europeans brought together three technologies—gunpowder, cannon manufacture, and large oceangoing ships—and used the result to conquer the world. By 1900, all but a handful of countries were either Western themselves or under EuropeanContinue Reading






Long-term problems tied to the loss of faith in government

Mario Loyola offers National Review Online readers a history lesson as he ponders potential pitfalls in the current course of the American constitutional system. To understand why the GOP working-class voter has lost faith in the GOP elites, one must understand why Americans have lost trust in government generally. Prolonged wars are clearly partly toContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on the John Locke Foundation’s presentation to state lawmakers about potential occupational licensing reforms. Troy Kickler’s Daily Journal recounts a time when North Carolina literally was a battleground state.






Teacher recruitment and retention in the 1880s

New York Times: Jan 30, 1880






Pope Center probes dearth of citizenship education in colleges and universities

The latest commentary from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy features professor Wilfred McClay‘s observations about the lack of education in citizenship among American colleges and universities. [W]e need to pay more attention to the internationalization of the American academy, including the steadily growing number of foreign students in our universities. Those students representContinue Reading