Category Archives: Education

Elitism and Elitism

Am I an elitist?  Does the fact that I support the continued existence of the Electoral College make me elitist?  Does my sometimes suspicion of democracy in its raw form make me elitist?  And, is being an elitist all bad?  Or is there some distinction between being an elitist and a pernicious brand of elitism?  I am inclined to make just such a distinction.  The thought occurred to me as I was at a discussion at the American Enterprise Institute… Continue Reading ››

Miscellaneous Interesting (and Weird) News

There are all sorts of interesting and disturbing issues and events out there in the news these days, some obscure and others more obvious and with greater implications.  Below I simply want to list a few I have been reading about in recent days, and then later perhaps write some longer blogs on some of them. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, known to all fondly as the NCAA, has decided to withdraw seven of its collegiate championship events from North… Continue Reading ››

Radical Liberal Elites and Their Ethical Downfall

It has been pointed out by historians and journalists that political campaigns have always been a little bit or a lot vicious, with a good deal of “over the top” rhetoric.  Witness the Adams-Jefferson campaign of 1800.  It was pretty overheated on both sides.  But I see something different at work now among liberals, or, I should say, more strident liberals.  I am not necessarily painting all Democrats as liberals of that sort, though I do perceive a general drift… Continue Reading ››

Dueling Economic Proposals: Will They Sway Anyone?

I have so far avoided taking any position on the two main candidates for president.  For my colleague Mark Smith, don’t worry, I will.  I intend to continue the path of avoidance in this blog.  Today I would like to examine and evaluate each candidate’s economic program.  I say nothing about their personal morality, or personality, or anything except economic program as articulated formally.  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both now laid out their plans.  I will look first… Continue Reading ››

Another Federal Failure

I have no doubt that the following blog will be controversial, but it is so important that I must permit the controversy to rage.  I read and agree with a recent piece in SeeThruEDU by George Leef, entitled “America’s Ridiculous Notion:  Accreditation is What Makes Colleges Good or Bad.” (http://seethruedu.com/americas-ridiculous-notion-accreditation-is-what-makes-colleges-good-or-bad)  The argument in the article is powerful and needs a wide audience.  The thrust of the argument is this: “I often laugh when a sports team that is doing poorly… Continue Reading ››

Christian Worldview: A Request and a Tentative Work

I think what I am doing in this blog is a bit out of the ordinary. And I offer it with an attitude of trepidation.  But nevertheless, I have included in this blog a link to the first chapter of what I envision as an entire book on Christian Worldview.  The tentative title is The Integration of Christian Worldview:  Substance and Method.  I am offering it for public view because I am also requesting any comments readers may have about… Continue Reading ››

Critical Thinking About Critical Thinking

“Are Students Really Learning to Be Critical Thinkers?” is the title of an article in BetterEd by Annie Holmquist (http://www.better-ed.org/blog/are-students-really-learning-be-critical-thinkers).  This question has been on my mind for some time as I have listened to and read educational leaders, teachers, professors and literature extol the virtues of “critical thinking.”  But what have they almost always meant by that term?  And what should it mean?  And why should we care? Working backward, we ought to care of we value a true… Continue Reading ››

Bring Back the History of Economic Thought

I came across an interesting article in the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy out of North Carolina.  The title is “UNC Chapel Hill’s Economics Program Lacks Historical Perspective,” and it can be read here at http://www.popecenter.org/commentaries/article.html?id=3386 (sorry, I haven’t mastered the art of just a “here” to click on—primitive computer skills).  The upshot was not just that UNC lacks much in the way of a historical approach to economics, but that most colleges and universities do.  The author, Alex… Continue Reading ››

Students at Oberlin College Want Activism for Education

Well, has it come to this or am I reading something from The Onion?  I did verify its truth.  If you look here (http://theweek.com/speedreads/626361/oberlin-students-want-abolish-midterms-grades-below-c, it seems that at least 1,300 students at Oberlin College are demanding that no grade below a C be given and that mid-term examination be eliminated.  Why?  So the students will have more time for activism.  Of course it is radical liberal activism, but that is a side note.  Let’s just forget all grades and all… Continue Reading ››

Three Cheers for the Liberal Arts

What do we mean by the term “liberal arts”?  By a “liberal arts college” or a “commitment to the liberal arts”?  The definition is important, but even more important is why we should care that a college has a commitment (at the least) to the liberal arts?  Moreover, what is the difference between simply liberal arts and Christian liberal arts?  I hope to address some of these questions satisfactorily.  I hope more than that to revive or kindle a passion… Continue Reading ››