Higher education (page 8)

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    Hanson offers ‘modest’ immigration proposal

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online offers a suggestion for housing detained illegal immigrants. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) believes that American detention centers that house illegal aliens — over 1 million illegal arrivals during the last six months alone — are similar to “concentration camps.” A…
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2019
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    We have no national school board, and that’s a good thing

    Yuval Levin reminds National Review Online readers that the U.S. Department of Education does not function as a national school board. Last week, Joe Biden joined the bandwagon of Democrats (started by Elizabeth Warren this year) promising to name a public-school teacher to be Secretary of Education if…
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2019
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    Martin Center column laments UNC-Asheville’s ‘political posturing’

    Jay Schalin of the Martin Center urges UNC-Asheville to divest itself from “irresponsible political posturing.” The University of North Carolina at Asheville recently announced with great pride its plans to divest part of its endowment from investments based on “fossil fuels” (such as natural gas, oil, and coal). At…
    Mitch Kokai, July 8, 2019
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    Leef’s latest Martin Center column identifies higher education’s moral flaws

    George Leef writes for the Martin Center about a critical problem associated with today’s higher education. Many if not most professors and higher education leaders enjoy pontificating about their high-minded ideals in contrast with the grubby, self-interested world outside of academia. What few people have done is to turn…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2019
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    Against campus kangaroo courts

    David French of National Review Online highlights a noteworthy recent court ruling from the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Whenever I read a court opinion describing a campus sexual-assault proceeding, I routinely find myself shocked at the staggering unfairness and ridiculous bias of campus kangaroo courts. Driven…
    Mitch Kokai, July 4, 2019
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    Martin Center column pans ‘baby bonds’

    Ross Marchand explains for Martin Center readers why so-called “baby bonds” would produce negative unintended consequences. For too many politicians and presidential hopefuls, a free college education is a cure-all for inequality in America—so long as the federal government can pour enough money into it. Democratic presidential hopeful Sen.
    Mitch Kokai, July 3, 2019
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    Fighting conservative pessimism about campus free speech

    Greg Lukianoff writes for National Review Online about positive developments in college campus free speech. It is real progress that now when I bring up free speech on campus, very few people ever say, “I didn’t realize it was an issue.” Yet even though the issue is more…
    Mitch Kokai, July 3, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Community colleges deliver great value

    In his recent commentary in Carolina Journal, political analyst John Hood cautions North Carolinians not to overlook the value of local community colleges. Hood writes: Many political and education leaders in North Carolina say that our economy would be better off if our level of educational attainment was higher. They’re…
    Brenee Goforth, July 1, 2019