Higher education

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    The solar lobby wants to squelch any and all talk of costs. Why?

    There is absolutely no excuse for NC State University, a seat of higher learning, to oppose educational efforts, silence its own researchers, and fight giving people complete information.
    Jon Sanders, July 25, 2017
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    College students need to study more than just the classes that sound good to them

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center takes aim at the UNC-Chapel Hill curriculum. Recently, a general education course at UNC-Chapel Hill, “Big-Time College Sports,” was canceled. This sparked controversy after the course’s professor, Jay Smith, argued that the class, which he had taught in previous semesters, was axed because…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2017
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    Ending Title IX’s ‘kangaroo courts’

    Tiana Lowe uses a National Review Online column to send a message to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. DeVos has taken it upon herself to deconstruct perhaps the most contentious of the Department of Education’s jurisdictions: Its directives for campus sexual-assault cases, which are issued pursuant to Title…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on two N.C. State researchers who say they’ve been silenced by the solar energy lobby. Rick Henderson’s Daily Journal explains why a special N.C. legislative election might not produce the results Democrats seem to expect.
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2017
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    Johns Hopkins professor says a joke led his university to turn on him

    Trent Bertrand of Johns Hopkins University relays a disturbing story in a column for the Martin Center. For the past six years, I have taught an undergraduate course on international economics at Johns Hopkins University. Most of my students thought it was a very good course. So I was…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2017
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    Liberals take down Duke professor’s hit job on public-choice economics

    No one will mislabel Henry Farrell and Steven Teles as conservative thinkers. So they have no ax to grind as they trash Duke professor Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains in a column for left-of-center Vox. MacLean’s work has been hailed as a kind of skeleton key to the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 17, 2017
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    Leef prefers professors who seek truth, rather than inflame passions

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column chastises academics who stray from the worthwhile goal of seeking truth. The academic enterprise is supposed to be about truth. Those who are entrusted to teach are expected to convey knowledge to their students, not their opinions. And when academics write books, they…
    Mitch Kokai, July 14, 2017
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    Attacking a Wake Forest program devoted to human flourishing

    Robert Whaples writes for the Martin Center about efforts to thwart the Eudaimonia Institute at Wake Forest University. Last fall Wake Forest University announced a $4.2 million donation to fund “the study of human flourishing” at the university’s newest institute—the Eudaimonia Institute (EI). Although it took people a…
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2017