Duke Cheston

Posts by Duke Cheston (page 3)

  • A hard knock life for community colleges

    Times are still tough for our state’s community college system. This was made clear at a budget work session this morning for the state board of community colleges. Here are a few interesting tidbits from the meeting: No bonuses this year for presidents, faculty, or staff No raises this year,…
    Duke Cheston, July 14, 2011
  • Embrace Hobo-Phobia

    Over at the National Association of Scholars page today there is a transcript of a debate between NAS president Peter Wood, writer Ashley Thorne, and Education Sector chief Kevin Carey. They are debating the question “Will a Push to Increase College Enrollment Lead to Lower Standards?” Wood and Thorne…
    Duke Cheston, June 7, 2011
  • Romney’s Tea is Weak

    …But getting stronger, apparently, in terms of the Tea Party. He announced today that he’ll be giving a speech next Thursday on his plan to “to repeal and replace Obamacare.” The Daily Caller reports today: In his pending speech, Romney will describe a plan to “restore to the states…
    Duke Cheston, May 10, 2011
  • Send the Liberals to the Ghetto…?

    That is, essentially, Dr. Robert Weissberg’s argument today in a humorous, Machiavellian essay over at the Manhattan Institute’s Minding the Campus website. He advocates separating the hard-line left from the mainstream faculty into such departments as Women’s Studies, African American Studies, and, his suggestion, a collective School of Oppression Studies.
    Duke Cheston, May 9, 2011
  • “The eternal conflict between Islam and the West”

    Over at the Corner on National Review Online, author Michael Walsh–sometimes known by his pseudonym David Kahane–remarks on the death of Osama bin Laden. It seems that there has been a growing sense on the right–or in any case, in the pages of National Review–that Islam is incompatible with…
    Duke Cheston, May 6, 2011
  • Why Do Colleges Keep Raising Their Prices?

    “Because they can. Who’s gonna stop them?” is the answer author Andrew Ferguson received from Ohio University economist and higher ed reformer Richard Vedder. In this week’s edition of Uncommon Knowledge, Ferguson talks with host Peter Robinson about his latest book Crazy U. Check it out. Another insightful bit from…
    Duke Cheston, April 21, 2011
  • Some Liberal “Advice”

    I always find it interesting when liberals give advice to conservatives on what conservatives should do to help the conservative movement. It's also interesting when they try to describe why conservatives think the way they do. Both of these phenomena were on display today over at the Huffington Post college page, along with a substantial amount of whining and hand-wringing. Keith William Neely, a liberal student at Vanderbilt, describes scary right-wing radicalism thusly: “At Vanderbilt for example, a local chapter of the radical libertarian organization Young Americans for Liberty has found limited success in putting on large events like the one on March 26th, where they prominently displayed the 'National Debt Clock' alongside photocopied images of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to illustrate the need for disbanding the Federal Reserve. At public events, they wear Guy Fawkes masks to advertise their presence, and have even been known to target conservatives with their extremist ire. At the recent IMPACT Symposium, members of the organization passed out leaflets pejoratively branding both Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol as 'neo-cons'.” Yes, they called Bill Kristol a neo-con! The horrors! A national debt clock, my stars, lawd-a-mussy!
    Duke Cheston, April 7, 2011
  • Tell Her What She’s Won, Vanna!

    At a meeting of the NC House education committee this morning, representatives voted to confirm Janet K. Lowder, a community college trustee from Stanly County, as a member of the State Board of Community Colleges. Oddly enough, she was the only candidate nominated (perhaps because no one else wanted to…
    Duke Cheston, April 5, 2011