Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America offer their predictions for Election Day 2016. Jim and Greg state their final electoral college results and go over each of the key swing states. They also predict the final balance in the U.S. Senate come January and go through each of those key races. And they discuss what the numbers in the U.S House of Representatives will look like.More
…compels me to direct you to this article written by my daughter for the webzine she and some of her high school friends publish. http://www.thelinkpublishing.com/news/2016/10/9/dear-future-college-students-warning More
If money was the biggest factor in determining who goes to college and who doesn’t, then it would follow that college attendance would be really high among the children of lottery winners, no? As it turns out, that isn’t the case: More
In a college philosophy class, my atheist professor (at a Catholic university) once questioned the significance of the Golden Rule. Is the idea truly particular to Christianity? “Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you” seems to have been understood long before Jesus. At the time, I tried to argue with him […]
Victor Davis Hanson explores the tensions between technological progress and cultural vitality.More
At the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), it goes without saying that we’re big fans of the First Amendment and our legal system’s robust guarantees of freedom of expression. Goodness, though, the free speech protections we enjoy in our society can bear awfully little resemblance to the conceptions of free speech (and un-free speech) that have taken root in the speech-code-heavy culture of our colleges today.
This got us wondering: What if the Founding Fathers conceptualized the First Amendment with the same boundaries college administrations so often put in place — what with their policies on “biased” speech, unconstitutional “free speech zone” restrictions, and increasingly intolerant attitudes toward “microaggressions?”More
When I worked as an ACT/SAT tutor, I sometimes got to chat with my students after the lesson finished. Given the opportunity, I’d offer the following advice: 1) In choosing majors, consider both what you enjoy learning about and what someone else will pay you enough to do to make a living, and 2) Understand that these need not be the same thing. People who are particularly diligent, talented, and lucky sometimes get to be paid to follow their passions; most folks don’t and very few who do get to do so straight out of school. Moreover, is there absolutely nothing dishonorable or disappointing in using your remunerative work to finance your actual passions. That’s the point about passions, anyway: You’re interested in them even when you’re not getting paid to pursue them.
In a new Prager U video addressed to graduates, Mike Rowe made not only that point, but took it several excellent steps further:More
Folks, look what Mr. Roger Kimball has published on realclearpolitics. He suggests, people of means are organizing a coup to destroy the most famous great books school in America. Read all about it, but for now I’ve got some remarks. One is to do with the bitterness of inheritance. The man who apparently wants to bring progress–read […]
I wonder, with the direction things are going in on some campuses today, if parents will be rethinking where they send their kids to school. For what tuition costs families, why pay someone to churn out an angry, closed minded, insulated, safe-space obsessed, ungrateful young adult? There are enough ways they can learn that in today’s […]
I am almost … almost … certain I saw a link on Ricochet entitled something like: Don’t send your kid to college; send him to Africa. My mad google skills are coming up with bupkis. More
I’ve been talking with my son about choosing a major and it occurred to me that I should write everything down and email it to to him, which is what I have done. It further occurred to me that I could share it here in case someone might find it helpful, and that some of […]
Which part of this story is strangest? The Hollywood actor and director has been appointed a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, teaching a course on the impact of war on women. More
Great. No. 1 daughter just got home from her freshman year of college. I’m a physics professor and conservative (obviously), and I’d warned her about social science classes and the kind of leftist propaganda they push. She still had to take one and chose a social science seminar. The professor was just what you’d expect, […]
My oldest, the one that moved out last December, has briefly returned to the fold to attend her college graduation. This is all physically impossible, of course, since she only started kindergarten three years ago and entered high school in 2014 and applied for college last fall. More
If your soul is in need of penance, or you just need a sharp reminder that life is a vale of tears and woe–to see the skull beneath the skin of life as it were–you could do worse than watching this video of Michelle Obama rapping–-yes, rapping–about how everyone should go to college. Though the […]
I’m a professor at a state university, and we have a university-run “Women’s Center.” As colleges go, we’re not badly infected with identity politics and the kinds of divisions you’ve seen at Missouri, Oberlin, Yale, and the like, but we’re not immune, either. The Women’s Center regularly sponsors recitations of The Vagina Monologues, and organizes stunts involving red flags planted on the lawn to “raise awareness” about campus rape. The usual stuff.
Today, they emailed a questionnaire about the Women’s Center and how they could improve things. The first few questions are about the best ways to announce events. Then there’s this:More
File this under “Even a Blind Squirrel Occasionally Finds a Nut.” Seriously though, credit where credit is due. Notice the uncomfortable golf clap from the college audience.More
Another one of my offspring is aging into the college target market. Today’s brochure, newly arrived in the mail, is from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. The first page of details is reproduced here, with interspersed commentary. The Campus Experience More
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. (This week’s was printed on Wednesday.) When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. More