The Professors and Public Policy

One of the best known "historians" in the United States is a fellow named David Barton.  His describes him:His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the … Continue reading The Professors and Public Policy

Can We Educate Ourselves to Educate?

David Horowitz rails against the 'indoctrination' of American students by radical leftist professors. He isn't the only one—it's quite common to hear how universities are subverting the beliefs of youth. Problem is, it ain't happening; even if some try it (debatable), they have proven incompetent. The radical professors have been in place since the sixties. … Continue reading Can We Educate Ourselves to Educate?

Don’t Include Me in Your We, Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish has noticed that both David Horowitz and Ward Churchill (and Norman Finkelstein and Cornell West, among others) are conservatives when it comes to education.Well, yes. This has been one of the sources of my anger at the faculty of American institutions of higher education for years—and one of my sources of respect for … Continue reading Don’t Include Me in Your We, Stanley Fish

The Authoritarian, Horowitz

[Cross-posted from Free Exchange on Campus]One thing about accusations of lying: They are an excellent way of diverting attention from what had been the issue at hand. Add a little outrage at the 'insult,' and it's rare that focus ever returns to the issue at hand.Addressing Jacob Heilbrunn (author of the new book They Knew … Continue reading The Authoritarian, Horowitz

Classroom Rights and Responsibilities

[Cross-posted from Free Exchange on Campus]Way back in the 1970s, I heard an ad on the radio that got me so annoyed that I still remember it. The tag line was, “Your children have a right to have whales in their world.” It wasn’t the aim of the ad that bothered me—I was soon to … Continue reading Classroom Rights and Responsibilities