Higher education

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    Martin Center column highlights campus common reading programs

    Peter Wood of the National Association of Scholars writes for the Martin Center about ways the UNC system Board of Governors could improve campus common reading programs. As it happens, my organization, the National Association of Scholars, has been tracking campus common reading programs for nearly a decade. We…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2018
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    CJ’s Lindsay Marchello: Conservatism on Campus Doesn’t Need This

    In a special commentary published by the Kansas City Star, Carolina Journal Associate Editor Lindsay Marchello offers perspective on the efforts by conservative college students to help other students understand and embrace free markets and limited government. It’s an effort that isn’t immune from discontent and disagreement. When a…
    Donna Martinez, June 19, 2018
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    Today at Noon at JLF: Join Us In Person Or Live on Facebook

    Jay Smith is the co-author of Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports. In this presentation, Professor Smith will first survey some of the institutional damage inflicted on UNC-Chapel Hill by its 20-year athletic-academic scandal (and the 7-year mishandling of the scandal…
    Donna Martinez, June 18, 2018
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    Stoops helps Martin Center explore teacher training for reading skills

    Terry Stoops writes for the Martin Center about problems associated with the way public school teachers approach reading instruction. No cliché is more ubiquitous at teacher protests than signs that read, “if you can read this sign, thank a teacher.” That is, unless you disregard variations on the theme…
    Mitch Kokai, June 15, 2018
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    Divorce and degrees

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon details a disturbing study into the links between divorce and children’s educational attainment. The children of divorced parents acquire fewer undergraduate and professional degrees, even after controlling for a variety of factors, according to a new study. The study, recently…
    Mitch Kokai, June 15, 2018
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    University of Michigan slammed

    This Columbus, Ohio, native always enjoys writing or reading that headline. In the specific instance, it refers to a report from Cameron Cawthorne of the Washington Free Beacon about Michigan’s campus free-speech protections. The University of Michigan quietly updated its speech policies after the Justice Department pointed out…
    Mitch Kokai, June 14, 2018
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    Staddon writes for Martin Center about the downside of ‘diversity,’ ‘inclusion’

    John Staddon writes for the Martin Center that the pursuit of “diversity and inclusion” can lead to negative results. What does “D&I” mean for the proper function of the university? It sounds good, but what does it mean in practice? Well, in addition to the creation of a…
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2018
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    Benign Atrocities Studies: Dog parks promote ‘rape culture’

    Yet another laughable example of publish-or-perish desperation to find a new source of outrage?
    Jon Sanders, June 12, 2018