Higher education

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    Martin Center column questions UNC spending on diversity training

    Anthony Hennen of the Martin Center asks why the University of North Carolina spends money on diversity training that doesn’t appear to work. Higher ed leaders love committees and training sessions. The technocratic mind that rules campus sees a problem and usually decides that the solution is more resources…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2020
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    Martin Center column depicts university pandemic power grab

    Neetu Arnold writes for the Martin Center about some university administrators’ dubious response to COVID-19. Universities’ profligate spending habits have caught up with them after substantial losses in student enrollments due to COVID-19. As undergraduate enrollment fell by 4.4 percent and students had fewer “on-campus experiences,” universities desperately began…
    Mitch Kokai, November 27, 2020
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    Martin Center column details dangerous politicization of college campuses

    Joel Gardner writes for the Martin Center about more evidence of the negative role of politics on a high-profile college campus. It is no secret that our colleges and universities have witnessed a sea change in campus culture over the past two decades. Political correctness has run rampant. High-profile…
    Mitch Kokai, November 25, 2020
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    Campus craziness targets 70-ton rock

    Chrissy Clark of the Washington Free Beacon highlights the latest example of college campus lunacy. The University of Wisconsin-Madison may soon remove a 70-ton boulder that student activists claim is a symbol of the school’s racist past. On Nov. 19, the university’s Campus Planning Committee voted unanimously to…
    Mitch Kokai, November 25, 2020
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    Anti-American educators blunt efforts to counter China

    Jack Beyrer of the Washington Free Beacon highlights one negative impact of anti-American messages in public schools and on college campuses across the country. The United States’ ability to counter the rise of China is being undermined by anti-American attitudes in the education system, according to a new…
    Mitch Kokai, November 24, 2020
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    Martin Center column pans ‘woke’ campus music departments

    George Leef of the Martin Center writes about the infiltration of “wokeness” within college campus music departments. Inevitably, college music departments have succumbed to pressure to promote “social justice” and fight racism. It’s hard to see much injustice or racism in music, but that doesn’t matter to activists intent…
    Mitch Kokai, November 23, 2020
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    Martin Center column warns against a ‘cult of critical thinking’

    Alex Sosler writes for the Martin Center about the problems associated with an overemphasis on critical thinking in education. To speak against critical thinking in today’s academy is comparable to denying the divinity of Jesus in the medieval church—it’s heterodox. Not only does it rail against the values of…
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2020
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    Martin Center column proposes major shift in teacher training

    Matthew Post writes for the Martin Center about a potential positive shift in teacher training. With the pandemic, more parents are discovering what their children are being taught in public schools—from explicit how-tos in sex-ed class to narratives of power that divide everyone into oppressors and oppressed. Yearning for…
    Mitch Kokai, November 18, 2020