Hell hath no fury

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned is a paraphrase of a line written by British playwright William Congreve. Columbia University graduate Emma Sulkowicz is Exhibit A for the 21st Century that Congreve continues to be right. Sulkowicz has made a name for herself carrying around a mattress at Columbia University, including at last […]

The University of Virginia rape story

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If you’re not familiar with the story, I commend to you this article by National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke. If I were teaching a journalism class today (as if any j-school faculty would have someone with my views), we’d spend a week on this story. What you would do as an editor when presented with […]

Higher education

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I made a mistake last night before I went to bed—I checked my twitter feed. What did I see, a tweet by actor Adam Baldwin (You might know him as Jayne from “Firefly”)  a rare “out” conservative in Hollywood. Had re-tweeted some comments by Sonoma State University Professor Cynthia Boaz. (Thank you Andrew Breitbart for […]

Glass Houses, stones

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan needs to learn that humility is a worthwhile trait to cultivate. When Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Duncan thought that would be an opportune time to criticize the state of education in Texas. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Texas’s school system “has really […]

Clueless education reformers

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A complaint that just about everyone has at some point in time is that reporters just get it wrong. Usually this is most obvious when the issue is complicated and the reporter lacks extensive experience on the topic at hand. This appears not to be the case for Kyle Olson over at BigGovernment.com. Olson is […]

Free Speech rights of students

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Longtime readers may recall the case of Poway High School student Taylor Harper’s T-shirt protesting the “Day of Silence” pro-gay rights event approved by the school. After years of litigation, the Supreme Court finally got the case, decided it was moot (Harper had graduated), but still vacated the 9th Circuit’s decision upholding the district’s decision […]

Color me unimpressed

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Bay Area comes in 2nd and 3rd in a “smartest place in the country” list. The list is based upon the preponderance of college degrees in a particular metro area. I’ve know lots of college graduates who shouldn’t be allowed to have scissors – the belief that a […]

Malice or incompetence?

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I generally go with incompetence – it’s better to think the best of people. But to hear New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie explain how his state lost out on $400 million in federal education funds, you wonder if there might be a little something else involved. One wonders if any beltway reporters would be interested […]

Self-important egomaniac for hire

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Nope, not me, Scott Nicholson, 24, of Grafton, Mass. After breakfast, his parents left for their jobs, and Scott Nicholson, alone in the house in this comfortable suburb west of Boston, went to his laptop in the living room. He had placed it on a small table that his mother had used for a vase […]