February 17, 2021
Public Education in the Time of COVID

We're approaching the end of our first year living with the COVID-19 virus here in the United States. The report card for most of our elected officials and institutions is dismal—public education is among the worst. I see a lot of this close-up. My wife is a high school English teacher; my sister, a high […]

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February 9, 2021
Cancel Culture and the Teaching Profession

Unlike some on the right, I'm not a big fan of cancel culture regardless of its origin. There's this story out of Arkansas about a high school history teacher who got fired over an email he sent to state lawmakers over a bill they were considering prohibiting use of the fraudulent 1619 Project curriculum and […]

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February 18, 2018
Keeping kids safe on campus

Despite what some may believe, I really do care about keeping kids safe on campus. In the wake of the horrific massacre last week at Parkland, Fla.'s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, I got the predictable query from KVEC 920 AM radio host Dave Congalton to come on his show and […]

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October 23, 2017
Sexual assault is a serious crime

Sexual assault is a serious crime, and it should be treated as such. Since 2011, when the Obama administration's Education Department released its infamous "Dear Colleague" letter, many colleges and universities have taken it upon themselves to create a legal system that bears more in common with star chambers than with the legal regime under the […]

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March 6, 2017
Shut up, they said

Two events this past week illustrate exactly how illiberal and totalitarian the political left in this country has become in the months since it became clear they hold exactly zero levers of power in Washington, D.C., with the election of President Donald Trump. They don't want to hear what the right has to say, they […]

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December 19, 2016
Milo Yiannopoulos and Free Speech

This week's column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune is on alt-right bomb-thrower Milo Yiannopoulos' upcoming visit to Cal Poly and calls to disinvite him or turn his speech into some sort of panel discussion. For the latter, I'm not sure if the people pushing for this have actually watched video of any of Yiannopoulos' appearances—even […]

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May 17, 2016
Common sense prohibited

The San Luis Obispo Tribune has published my latest column on school administrators and their unthinking adherence to "the rules." The long and short of it: When this kid wants to go to prom, you find a way to make it happen. The community has rallied to put on a special prom for Jared Springer, and he […]

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May 21, 2015
Hell hath no fury

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 […]

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December 3, 2014
The University of Virginia rape story

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 […]

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September 25, 2011
Higher education

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 […]

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I was reading a garbage St. Louis P-D editorial on firearms and it linked to this 3-year-old USA Today article on "gun violence" by state. I put the numbers in an Excel doc and isolated homicides from suicides and the rankings change a bit. 🤔

http://ow.ly/okFT50EFGoY

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