Higher education

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    Martin Center Column Contends Colleges Suppress Curiosity

    F.H. Buckley writes for the Martin Center about the negative impact of college on students’ curiosity. No one needs curiosity more than the young, but our educational system is doing its best to suppress it. The kids are being bored out of their minds. Of course, that’s nothing new…
    Mitch Kokai, May 14, 2021
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    Martin Center Column Highlights a Warning Ignored From Higher Ed’s Past

    Jay Schalin of the Martin Center reminds readers of an important warning issued in the 1960s. One of the more notorious campus incidents occurred at Columbia University in 1968. A coalition of student radicals and African American activists took over the president’s office and held a dean hostage to…
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2021
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    Attacking the Idea of ‘Measuring Democracy’

    Aaron Sibarium of the Washington Free Beacon tackles academics’ misuse of political science for partisan purposes. On April 5, two weeks after Georgia passed its controversial voting law, Vox published a provocative headline: “Study: Republican control of state government is bad for democracy.” The study, “Laboratories of Democratic…
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2021
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    Martin Center column calls recent UNC hire a case of failed governance

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center examines UNC-Chapel Hill’s recent hiring of a controversial journalist. The recent hiring of New York Times columnist Nikole Hannah-Jones as a faculty member in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism raises serious red flags about how the university is being run. Last week,…
    Mitch Kokai, May 10, 2021
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    Martin Center’s Leef highlights Christian college’s fight against the feds

    George Leef writes for the Martin Center about one Christian college’s stand against the federal Leviathan. Under the Constitution, the federal government has no power over education, including arrangements that colleges make for student housing and expectations for their conduct on campus. Furthermore, the First Amendment protects religious institutions’…
    Mitch Kokai, May 7, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on the N.C. House’s push toward the General Assembly’s crossover deadline. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion explains why an attack on a conservative UNC-Chapel Hill publication delivers a warning about toxic campus culture.
    Mitch Kokai, May 6, 2021
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    Martin Center column explores ‘cruel ritual’ of diversity training

    Alexander Riley writes for the Martin Center about the origins of diversity training. Diversity training is now in force at many institutions of higher education. In the typical scenario, students, staff, and faculty submit themselves to the mercies of hectoring lectures and demeaning demonstrations that purport to reveal white…
    Mitch Kokai, May 5, 2021
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    Martin Center column questions UNC journalism school’s new staff addition

    Jay Schalin of the Martin Center wonders whether the UNC-Chapel Hill journalism school is really a “ministry of propaganda.” Nikole Hannah-Jones has agreed to accept a Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism in July. According to a press release issued by the school, Hannah-Jones is a “Pulitzer Prize-winning…
    Mitch Kokai, May 3, 2021