Worry Polarization

Americans are concerned about very different things.

Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File) Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

Terry Anderson, 1947-2024

The AP journalist taken hostage for almost seven years has died.

Iran’s Intent and Israel’s Next Move

Two related questions.

Transgender Teachers Suing Florida Over Pronoun Restrictions

The inevitable pushback against the pushback has begun.

Wayne Maynard, 1948-2023

A longtime friend has passed.

Chinese ‘Exploitation Campaign’

Our pacing threat is hiring military veterans with special skills.

When Work Interferes With Work

The push to return to the office comes with domestic consequences.

Schools, Diversity Initiatives, and Parental Rights

There’s an inherent tension in public education.

When Does A University Stop Being a University?

West Virginia University may be the canary in the coal mine.

Whither Centrism?

What to call non-crazies who aren’t Democrats?

American Physicians Make a Lot of Money!

They average more than any other occupation and considerably more than their European counterparts.

Florida Backs Down, Allows AP Psychology

Sanity has prevailed.

Florida’s School Censorship Runs Into Roadblocks

The state has banned the teaching of science in science classes.

Florida Curriculum Politics Update

A tale from the DeSantis’ Woke Wars.

An Authoritarian Tale

Don’t offend the Lt. Governor in Texas.

DeSantis Keeps Telling Us Who He Is

Doubling down on state standards on slavery.

Joint Chiefs Stymied by One Idiot Senator

Tommy Tuberville’s stunt is now impacting the highest levels of the military.

America’s “Family Secret” or Just Plain Denial?

Slavery is an inextricable part of our past, whether we want to talk about it or not.

DeSantis v. The DOE/SACSCOC

Another entry into the ongoing performative politics of Ron DeSantis.

Pandemic Closures Crushed Kids

We’re seeing our lowest test scores in decades among a key cohort.

Reclaiming Playtime

Another call for letting kids be kids.

Rethinking STEM Credentialing

Should we reform the way we train a high-tech workforce?

Transphobic Cruelty

When prejudice overrides simple humanity.

You Wore What to the White House?

The times, they are a-changin’.

Chinese Exclusion

A bill in Alabama would bar Chinese nationals from buying property in the state.

Proud Boys Convicted of Seditious Conspiracy

The worst of the worst Capitol Riot players have been brought to justice.

Scalia Law School is Conservative!

The New York Times looks into ties between a DC area law school and the Supreme Court.

Jane Roberts, the Supreme Court, and Conflicts of Interest

The Chief Justice’s wife is making a lot of money.

Community Colleges Not Serving the Community

A key pathway to success for low-income citizens isn’t working.

Is a College Education Still Worth It?

Americans are losing confidence in the bargain.

The Limits of Academic Freedom

UPenn law professor Amy Wax as a test case.

Fear and Censorship in Education

Teachers are frustrated over interference from outside.

Harvard Extension Fraud

How dare people who paid for a cut-rate degree claim they paid for the good one?

Addiction and the Public Health Question

A brief foray into looking at Alabama state policy on fighting addiction.

Labor Saving Technology That Creates More Work

ChatGPT is just the latest example of a perverse phenomenon.

Students Protest Harvard’s Comaroff Again

Understandable outrage at administrative complicity.

Ending College Degree Requirements

Too many jobs needlessly specify a bachelor’s.

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Colleges Fear Affirmative Action’s Demise

A pending Supreme Court ruling could be more impactful than many realize.

Zealots and Pluralists

A moderate Republican almost diagnoses the problem.

U.S. Government’s Woke Training!

There’s training on uncomfortable subjects. Oh noes!

The Perfect President

What Americans say they want in the Oval Office.

George Will on UATX (Part II)

Wherein I examine UATX specifically.

George Will on UATX (Part I)

Will discusses a nascent university and in doing so produced a cliched column about higher education.

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Farm Veterinarian Shortage

We can’t find enough people to treat cows, pigs, and horses.

University of California TAs and Postdocs on Strike!

A showdown over wages could upend the apprenticeship arrangement that has long characterized graduate education.