Tag: Hillsdale College

Quote of the Day: Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, on Beauty

 

We periodically receive in our email a little newsletter from Dr. Arnn titled “The Life of Hillsdale College.” They are always stimulating and reassuring that real education, not indoctrination, is taking place at Hillsdale. This one was received on March 1, 2022. Having spent a fair amount of time with Dr. Arnn, I can hear his voice speaking the words.

On Saturday, our chamber ensembles performed in our Christ Chapel. A week earlier the Chapel chorus performed Evensong. These events and many like them resounded in that magnificent structure, a blessing to us all designed by the splendid architect Duncan Stroik. They are the product of skill and work cultivated for years and decades. In that work, the students and teachers continue a line as long as civilization.

Cancel Bots and Trolls, Not People: A Cancel-Culture Update

 

When the US Supreme Court announces major earth-shaking decisions, as they did several times last month, not much attention is focused on the attorneys who argued and won their cases. But there may be one exception this year: Paul Clement and his law partner, Erin Murphy.

Paul Clement is arguably the most effective appellant lawyer in modern times. He served as Solicitor General – the government’s chief litigator before SCOTUS – during the Bush 43 Administration. As Clement was preparing to leave the Bush administration following the 2008 election, he was referred to as “The LeBron James of law firm recruiting,” referencing the best professional basketball player of that era.

Administrative Law scholars think of 1946 as the year that Congress enacted the Administrative Procedure Act. But too often we neglect another major law that Congress enacted in that year: the Legislative Reorganization Act.

The LRA was intended to position Congress for long-term management of the administrative state. But its proponents were disappointed to see major provisions dropped from the final bill, and after its enactment the LRA generally failed to live up to its framers’ expectations. How can the LRA inform debates about Congress today? And how should the LRA help us to understand the 1946 Congress’s goals for the APA itself?

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This has been an interesting time, forced to make do at home. Fortunately, I am able to continue teaching my math classes online by utilizing Screencast-O-Matic, YouTube, and Zoom. So far, my students have not lost any precious geometry and calculus content! I don’t think I could have successfully taught my students remotely just a […]

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This evening, I happened to be reading the December issue of Imprimis, the speech digest put out by Hillsdale College (FREE to anyone who wants to receive it-sign up at Hillsdale.edu).  In it, Dr. Larry Arnn, the President of the College, was describing the Classical Charter Schools, and private schools, being set up and operating […]

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After reading @garymcvey‘s post, it occurred to me that we will be meeting some celebrities next week, including possibly Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  I had already intended to pack a bunch of the Ricochet business cards that a former member gave me a few years ago.  I wonder, would it be inappropriate to hand […]

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Hillsdale College, Shooting Guns, and More

 

From left to right: Sheila Brey, instructor; Gena Grant, event coordinator; Shannan Chada, instructor; and Sheila Hoekstra, lead instructor

Trust me: if you love to shoot pistols, trap, skeet, archery, 3-D archery, and sporting clays, you must check out Hillsdale College! I’ve been here for just under a week, and I have grown in so many ways. It’s so satisfying to visit a college that is so deeply committed to the Constitution and is preparing our young people for the future; to be with people who share my values and where I’m supported in practicing Judaism; and where I have excellent instructors who have improved my shooting skills dramatically.

US College Rankings: Where Is Hillsdale?

 

Once a year, The Wall Street Journal publishes an extended report ranking US Colleges, and this that newspaper did this morning, ranking some 500 institutions. Missing from the list, however — this year, last year, and every other year in which WSJ has printed its report — is Hillsdale College.

The reason is simple. Hillsdale does not take federal money because that money comes with strings attached. Schools that do take that money are highly regulated by the federal government, and we value our independence. The Wall Street Journal and its partner in producing the report they publish annually, the Times Higher Education Supplement, do not bother to do much reporting. They get their data from the US Department of Education, which collects the pertinent information from the schools that receive federal funds, and they do not go to the trouble of securing comparable data from the handful of schools that do not take federal money. And thought this omission has been drawn to the attention of the editors of The Wall Street Journal, they have neither corrected their error nor included in their report an acknowledgement that their rankings are for this reason incomplete.

I cannot myself tell you where we would rank because I do not know how these folks produce their conclusions. But I can say that the average ACT score for the freshman who arrived a couple of weeks ago was 30.16, which puts them in the 95th percentile. I can also tell you that our retention rate is exceptionally high and that, in an environment in which 11.2 million young (and old) women and only 8.7 million young (and old) men attend college, our freshman class is 55 percent male. I can add that the average high-school GPA of our entering freshman is 3.89. This data puts us well ahead of Michigan State University, a slight bit ahead of the University of Wisconsin, and close to being equal to the University of Michigan.

Public Education: Trapped by the Progressive Agenda

 

For years we’ve been talking about the poor state of education. For conservatives, it’s even worse: our children are learning propaganda with a Progressive agenda; the government and teachers control the curriculum and textbooks to the detriment of the students; and there is no indication that anything will change soon.

It’s time that we took back education, and we can already see strategies that are beginning to support a balanced agenda for authentic learning.

To highlight one of my major concerns, school textbooks, I was alarmed to read an article by Joy Pullmann in The Federalist about a new textbook being considered for Advanced Placement courses in the 2019 edition. Pullmann reports on some of the content of By the People: A History of the United States:

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Last week, Ray and I flew to  Colorado Springs for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.  It was a whirlwind trip for us-we flew in Tuesday and out again on Wednesday.  But in between we got to listen to speakers Dr. Larry Arnn (president of Hillsdale), Sharyl Atkisson, Frank Luntz, and our (formerly) own Mollie […]

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Journalism at Hillsdale College: It’s a Start

 

In a piece I wrote a few weeks ago, we were lamenting the sad state of journalism, how it has reached a new level of bias and corruption. Many of us commented that we needed a journalism program that teaches participants the ethics of, and appropriate approach to, media reporting, and we wondered where a person might go to get a well-rounded and balanced approach. I’ve discovered one solution: Hillsdale College.

Admirably, I think, Hillsdale grounds its journalism program in “doing journalism.” It describes its program to prospective students in this way:

Learn journalism by actually doing journalism. Our Herbert H. Dow II Program in American Journalism is devoted to the restoration of ethical, high-minded journalism standards and is home to two media outlets: The Collegian, our award-winning newspaper, and WRFH 101.7FM. You’ll get an extensive experience in print and broadcast journalism, as well as opportunities to lead your peers. When you combine your traditional academic major and core liberal arts background with journalism, you’ll get the training you need to think critically and communicate effectively to broad audiences. Hillsdale journalism alumni have continued on to careers at the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, ESPN, National Review, Daily Beast, Nashville Public Radio, and many more. Journalism is offered as a minor only.

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Next on Thinking It Through: I interview John J. Miller (@johnmiller), national correspondent for the National Review, and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. We touch on our appreciation for Ricochet and other things, from his podcast to politics and journalism. Because of bad recording on my part in the beginning […]

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My son, a high school senior, is mulling his college choices. It’s really come down to two schools: Hillsdale and the University of Michigan. The former is my choice; the latter is his choice. (He can likely get admitted to either place.) He doesn’t object to Hillsdale, exactly. Politically and culturally, he’d fit right in. […]

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You all know Larry Arnn. He is the president of Hillsdale College, who voiced his support of Trump a few weeks ago on the Ricochet podcast. The basis for his support seemed to be that some undergrad or whatever found a few items in the Trump word salad that Dr. Arnn would find appetizing. Rob […]

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