Pittsburgh’s mayor wants to tax college students
As an alum of one of the fine Pittsburgh universities I read with glee wunderkind Luke Ravenstahl’s desire to tax tuition in order to make the burden of city services “more fair.” He has a point – when I lived in the city years ago I remember an amazing stat about something like a third of the property in the city limits having a tax-exempt | Read More »
Fuzzy Math: Colleges Count Tenured Faculty as “Jobs Saved”
Colleges across the country received funds as part of Obama’s $787-billion stimulus. Now that it’s time to tally up the score, college administrators must report the number of jobs “created” or “saved.” In the University of California system at least, they’re including “everyone paid by stimulus dollars, including tenured faculty members.” Tenured faculty members, you’ll remember have jobs for life. For life. But the problem, | Read More »
NFL… Maybe I Never Knew You.
Michigan is a special place not unlike many other locations in the midwest when fall arrives. You can actually SMELL football in the air. Its a wave of nostalgia that I know is shared by many others who have for a long time have been avid fans of the Saturdays replete with back to back challenges worthy of the greatest gladiators that ever existed. Some | Read More »
The Further Bankruptcy of Conventional Wisdom
“Universities are not intended to teach the knowledge required to fit men for some special mode of gaining their livelihood. Their object is not to make skillful lawyers, or physicians, or engineers, but capable and cultivated human beings.” – John Stuart Mill. The fundamental conventional wisdom that every child born to man should strive to attend college is comfortable, sounds good, and comes from a | Read More »
Exploring Obama’s College Plan
One of President Obama’s big plans is to Federally fund college in a way that will allow all Americans to attend, with the hope of obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree. Beyond the unsustainable economic situation that would create, and the problems it causes with regard to freedom in the country, it raises another question; one of intention. What is the purpose for such a proposal? First we should ask what the purpose of a Bachelor’s Degree is.
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Lani Guinier Returns to Declare Standardized Tests ‘Racist’
The discussion over quality in higher education and maintaining standards of academic excellence in American colleges took an ugly turn March 2nd when Harvard law professor and former Clinton Administration lightning rod Lani Guinier declared that standardized testing is racist. Guinier’s remarks were part of a televised forum on C-SPAN about the “state of the black union” in America, during which she told moderator Tavis | Read More »
Need some help from a fellow Conservative on a college issue…
I am taking this English class as a pre-req for law school… Basically my teacher is a liberal b%*& that is giving me a hard time about the topic for my research paper… We are supposed to write 10 subject matter questions that are issues that average Americans would care about, and not just flip past if it was in a magazine or whatever.. My | Read More »
My history class essay… on the subject of history.
I started college this year at the tender young age of 35. I’m enjoying it so far. Due to leftist bias in higher education, my American history class has been somewhat challenging. I recently wrote a short essay on the subject of history. I’ve aced all my essays so far, so I hope the prof. is fair in judging this one. I thought it was fairly | Read More »
Mandatory Voluntary Service, Now With Compensation!
In the days following the Presidential election, the Obama team quickly made a transition from campaigning to running some terribly nebulous Office of the President-Elect. On this website, our Dear Leader-Elect proposed a term of mandatory civilian service for high school and college students, perhaps as some odd form of payment for their fervent support of him during his near half-term presidential campaign. The proceeding | Read More »
Professor Obama’s angst-ladened college road show
I was impressed, as many have been, with the artistry of the Obama campaign posters. Yet, apart from the overall artistry, something bothers me about the theme: the strong monochromes, the use of a single over-hyped word with little real meaning, Obama looking off in the distance like – like Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Che. These posters seem so familiar. They look an awful lot like | Read More »
College Students Debate
Today I got into a debate with one of my friends on the current election in between my classes. In the end of the conversation, that I just had to walk away from, was he saying that every fact that came out of my mouth was not true nor would he believe it. Well, I can’t win with someone who creates their own reality. These | Read More »
Intimidation At IU
My daughter called from Indiana University last night. She told me that she is afraid to vote because she is afraid to go near the polling place. She is not a wimp, but the Obama supporters have been “in her face” telling her that she has to vote for Obama. She has been intimidated and threatened. My daughter’s friends who support Senator McCain have not, | Read More »
Voter Registration Drive from “Students for Obama”
Being a professor, I guess I wound up on some mailing list. Thought I’d share it, and ask if McCain is doing anything like this? It seems like they are covering their legal bases with partisan messages in class, but I doubt that will be hidden if some of my colleagues follow though. Not sure how to quote/indent, so I’ll just copy/paste. “Dear Professor: My | Read More »
The Electoral College – Unnecessary Anachronism?
In 1787 the Constitutional Convention approved the electoral college proposal. This system was created to put some distance between the masses and the levers of electoral power. This hybrid system preserves some measure of power to the several states in that they are viewed as distinct units, not merely arbitrary borders that contain population centers. As such, a candidate focuses on the state’s interests as | Read More »
Can Obama lose popular vote, yet win Electoral College?
Dems are positively giddy about the prospect of winning a squeaker in the Electoral College, whilst losing the actual popular vote. Posters on Kos were discussing this as “revenge” for the 2000 Electoral College outcome. The most recent “poll of polls” shows McCain up bu a point or two in the general election. However, RCP shows that were the election held today, Obama would secure | Read More »