Tag: University of Virginia

This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-hosts Cara Candal and Gerard Robinson talk with Alan Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of the book, Thomas Jefferson’s Education. Professor Taylor shares some highlights of Jefferson’s career, his views on the importance of primary and higher public education in serving the political aspirations of his state and region, and Jefferson’s role as the architect of the University of Virginia, whose buildings embody his Neoclassical outlook. Professor Taylor reviews Virginia’s complex, 18th-century history as the most politically influential, populous, and wealthiest state, but one that was heavily dependent on agriculture and slavery. The interview concludes with Professor Taylor reading from his book on Jefferson.

Stories of the Week: A Washington Post column raises concerns about data showing that we are under-educating our children through low academic expectations, especially those from low-income and minority backgrounds. In Wisconsin, Act 31 requires that K-12 public schools instruct students in the history of the state’s Native Americans – but some estimate that less than half of the schools are implementing it.

Jack brings on University of Virginia jun–er, third-year Ian Schwartz to discuss various controversies–a speech by Mike Pence, the Thomas Jefferson legacy at UVA, free speech in general–that have dominated discusson on the camp–er, grounds of Charlottesville’s famous institution of higher education.

UVA Must Fire Woke Democrat Larry Sabato

 

I know Larry Sabato. Make that; I thought that I knew Larry Sabato.

A few years ago, and I can’t remember the occasion, long having deleted my personal Twitter account, I suggested on that social medium that he was less than fair in his analysis of a particular political campaign. I mentioned that he once worked for Virginia’s (then) most liberal governor, Democrat Henry Howell (who was right about Dominion Energy, by the way).

Aaron Schmidt grew up a military brat and met his wife, Kara Dawn, freshman year of high school when they were assigned to be lab partners. He talks wanting to be a college football coach but being the student manager of the UVA football team cured him of that desire, being raised Catholic, becoming a 7th grade English teacher, and then getting married, selling everything and hightailing it to LA because he and Kara could see the next 10 years of their lives mapped out before them. A series of odd jobs and a series of personal losses left him at loose ends until he found a passion to pursue in Gorucks that ultimately led him to join the Army Reserves as a psychological operations specialist two years before the cutoff for enlistment. He and Bridget have an honest and revealing discussion about being mission-oriented, the hard work of a successful marriage, overcoming loss and aimlessness, and the 4 tenets of his personal ethos.

The Mess That Rolling Stone Left Behind

 

By now, everyone knows the basics of “A Rape On Campus,” the Rolling Stone report (no longer on the Rolling Stone website) in which journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely tracked down a woman named “Jackie” who provided her with lurid details of a gang rape that supposedly took place at the University of Virginia’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. The story’s gory details made the frat and its members look like brutal rapists and total scoundrels. The problem is that the story was false and duly retracted with abject apologies from Rolling Stone yesterday after an independent report by Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll and his team found that the editorial processes had failed at every level to heed the warning signs that something was deeply wrong with the story. There is no need to repeat those well-documented failings here, but suffice to say that the protagonist bobbed and weaved at every critical moment. Notwithstanding all those red flags, Rolling Stone decided to publish her story without verifying its key facts, creating havoc for the fraternity and the university. The question Peter Robinson asks is does the “fraternity have any legal recourse against either Rolling Stone or the university?”

There is a lot packed into this question. The first question is if anyone wants to sue, even if they can make out the legal case. The general rule is that the long and torturous road to success in a defamation case is not worth the cost. The proceedings are brutal on witnesses. They cost a fortune to litigate. And worst of all, they bring the entire matter once again into the public eye, where the new round of publicity is bad for the fraternity and the university no matter what the outcome of the case.

A Hard Message for Rape Victims

 

Yesterday, The College Fix sent out a powerful tweet regarding regarding rape accusations. As I’ve never dealt with the aftermath of rape myself, I cannot say I’d have the courage to follow its advice if someone I loved – or, heck, if I myself – had been raped. But I agree with them and this needs saying:

Member Post

 

I never been even close dealing with the aftermath of rape, and I have a hard word to deliver, so let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: I cannot say I would have the courage to go to the police if someone I loved–heck, if I myself–had just been raped. The potential for hypocrisy […]

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