Can a Conservative Listen to Heavy Metal?
Yesterday, a reader of Jay Nordlinger’s expressed shock that there exists a conservative Pink Floyd fan. I’m proud to announce that my top-ten (er, eleven) list of the decade’s albums would shock this reader even more.
A Letter to My Home State
I love you and all, but sometimes, I just have to shake my head.
Though in your defense, at least one of those dudes is from Indiana.
Eugene Volokh on the Student-Activity-Fee Case
I’m not 100 percent convinced either way yet, but he makes some pretty powerful arguments that public schools can refuse to fund Christian student groups that require their leaders to be Christians. I started to excerpt the best parts, but ...
Cornel West on Cornel West
Several readers point me to this takedown of his most recent book.
David Bernstein has thoughts.
I found this anecdote interesting:
I was once grilled by telephone, after the official interviews, by a senior professor regarding my views on affirmative action when being considered for a lateral chair, with the explicit premise ...
The Impending Geneticsgate
From The Economist:
Human geneticists have reached a private crisis of conscience, and it will become public knowledge in 2010. The crisis has depressing health implications and alarming political ones. In a nutshell: the new genetics will reveal much less than ...
Rosenberg has updated his post — clarifying it to make much the same point that Roger did. He recognizes that King’s views on racial preferences were ambiguous at best; his core point is that King’s colorblind ideals were in ...
Racial Preferences by the Numbers
It’s hard to get a straight answer as to how pervasive racial preferences are. On the one hand, many academics say preferences hardly even exist — they’re just a tie-breaker that admissions officers use on rare occasions. On the ...
OSU's Second Amendment Center Runs Out of Ammo
Ohio State University’s Second Amendment Center, funded largely by the anti-gun Joyce Foundation, has called it quits. Randy Barnett has details over at the Volokh Conspiracy.
Barnett argues that the Center closed because its purpose — to argue against an ...
The Overselling of the Ph.D.
David Kopel writes:
Louis Menand’s new article The Ph.D. Problem: On the professionalization of faculty life, doctoral training, and the academy’s self-renewal [is a good reason to be glad you went to law school instead]. Cliff Notes ...
David Protess on the Medill Subpoenas
From an interview with The Daily Northwestern:
Daily: How does your investigative reporting class fall under the umbrella of a journalism class?
Protess: The standards and practices of the class are the same as those used by news organizations when ...
Medill Innocence Project Responds to Allegations
I’ve pasted (after the jump) a statement from Medill Innocence Project head David Protess. It went out over a Medill alum listserv.
Reaction to the state’s filing David Protess November 16, 2009
On October 10, the State’s Attorney’s Office (...
More on the Medill Innocence Project
Salon has a decent article about the case. Apparently, prosecutors are now alleging that witnesses recanted murder-trial testimony because the students paid them sums of up to (start Dr. Evil voice) one hundred dollars.
(If you’re not familiar with ...
Who Should Go to College?
The Chronicle of Higher Education asks the question, and various experts (including Charles Murray, Richard Vedder, and Marcus Winters) respond.
I liked Marty Nemko’s response:
All high-school students should receive a cost-benefit analysis of the various options suitable to ...
The organization sums up the state of public higher ed in the Land of Lincoln here.
Detroit talk-radio host Frank Beckmann was kind enough to feature me as a guest this morning. We spoke about the idea of sending fewer kids to college, and you can listen to or download the conversation here.
More on the Winters Article
I respond over on the homepage.
Send More People to College?
Over on the homepage, Marcus A. Winters says yes.
I’m pretty skeptical of “stereotype threat” explanations of the racial gap in test scores, but this probably isn’t smart:
Last year Morton Sherman, the new superintendent, ordered principals throughout [Alexandria, Va.] to post huge charts in their hallways ...
Why (Some) College Students Steal Music
Some professors look at the question empirically.
Hat tip to the Volokh Conspiracy.
Female Enrollment to Grow Faster than Male?
Charlotte Allen covers a new projection:
College enrollment among women is expected to grow by 16 percent, compared with a growth of only 9 percent among men. The U.S. college student population is already 55 percent female, with the total number of ...
A new paper claims that NCAA Division I basketball teams irrationally charge too much for men’s games relative to women’s games. The paper is only available via purchase, so I can’t say much about the methodology, but ...
The University of California at Davis ’fesses up — in three years, it says, an employee doubled-to-tripled the number of sexual assaults in reports to the federal government.
What’s interesting is that even the fake numbers are lower than the “...
“Score choice” — the policy of letting kids take standardized tests as many times as they want, send the highest scores to schools, and not tell the schools how many tries those scores took — is absurd on its face. How could ...
For the print edition of National Review dated October 5. It’s a special issue focusing on higher ed, with contributions from Richard Vedder, George Leef, Jane Shaw, Todd Zywicki, and yours truly.
I love the cover:
The issue should become ...
The Campus Rape Epidemic Returns
In The American Prospect, at least.
I should point to Heather Mac Donald’s excellent report on the topic, and you can read some past PBC posts on it here — that all pretty much proves the nonexistence of the “crisis” ...
Re: Questions about Diversity
Jane — I see where your correspondent is coming from, but I don’t think these other forms of “preference” pose a problem to the conservative (or at least, my own) critique of affirmative action.
One, many conservative critics do oppose ...
Mother Jones has a Mini College Guide, part of which is a list of ten schools the liberal magazine recommends.
Here’s the case for one:
All 1,549 students get free tuition for four years. Some live in the Ecovillage, environmentally ...
I just wanted to point out that, in addition to the blow to religious liberty, there are some serious problems with the decision when it comes to gender politics:
By denying prescription contraceptive drugs, Respondent is discriminating based on gender ...
Discriminations has a post with some crucial data: U.S. medical-school admissions rates, by GPA and MCAT, for Asians, whites, and blacks.
re: Liberty and Libertarianism
Carol — One of the main reasons police responses to insults vary is that disorderly conduct statutes and court interpretations thereof vary. As I wrote yesterday, it’s rather likely that in Massachusetts, such a charge wouldn’t stick.
Another (more ...
Conservatives Surrounded by Liberals
You can read my review of Harry Stein’s I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next to a Republican, a book with obvious implications for higher ed, here.
Radley Balko on the Gates Arrest
Here. In places it’s pretty hard on cops in general, but I agree with a lot of it, especially this part:
The conversation we ought to be having in response to the July 16 incident and its heated aftermath isn’...
Lowry and Mac Donald on Gates
Here and here respectively. Both suggest “contempt of cop” may have played a role in the decision to arrest Gates.
The interaction spiraled downward until the officer arrested Gates, basically for the offense known as “contempt of cop.” In ...
John Rosenberg has a great post on the matter.
From James Taranto and Jonathan Last.
Jack Dunphy on the Gates Arrest
Here. His view seems about right to me — the arrest may have been (I’d maybe say “was”) “imprudent,” but Gates behaved in a way that makes the disorderly conduct charge at least plausible.
Somone Needs a Statistics Class
Assumption College just dropped its requirement that applicants submit a standardized-test score in addition to a high-school transcript. A representative of the enrollment office says in a press release:
In 2008, our enrollment management division, in conjunction with Eduventures, a research ...
Interracial Roomate Pairings
The New York Times has a very good article exploring the good and bad effects.
Alberto Gonzales to Teach at Texas Tech
From a reader:
One component of his new position will naturally be that of diversity pusher [he'll "assist Tech and Angelo State University with recruiting and retaining minority students"]. More confirmation — if any were needed — that the Republican ...
More on Dull Asians Who Study Too Much
Walter Williams offers his thoughts on Ward Connerly’s Minding the Campus article.
Affirmative Action at the Naval Academy
A professor there blows the whistle:
Midshipmen are admitted by two tracks. White applicants out of high school who are not also athletic recruits typically need grades of A and B and minimum SAT scores of 600 on each part for ...
The Audacity of College Students
Those interested in the lives of college-age interns (okay, those interested in mocking college-age interns) should check out the new blog of DC intern stories. Lots of good stuff, but here’s a recent post:
GChat conversation with one of ...
Re: Sotomayor and Racial Preferences
This is all over the Internet already, but apparently she’s admitted she benefited from affirmative action. The NYT has the scoop, complete with Sotomayor spouting the usual garbage about “cultural bias” in testing, which “statistics” have proven.
I also ...
Just a quick note: That post takes a pretty liberal view of which degrees are “worthless.”
Given that journalism, fashion marketing, broadcasting, general business, HR, marketing, and communications are all the names of specific fields that require learned skills and ...
Brooks on the History of Campus Identity Politics
In his new column he writes:
Sonia Sotomayor had bad timing. If she’d entered college in the late-1950s or early-1960s, she would have been surrounded by an ethos that encouraged smart young ethnic kids to assimilate. If ...
Should law professors blog anonymously? Is it wrong to out one? Is writing under a fake name “cowardly” or “sinister”?
I don’t know, but check the Corner for some thoughts from around the web on the Ed Whelan-Publius uproar.
Ray Fisman has a very interesting Slate article about a study of some students at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in which women performed better in their courses under female professors. The gender gap almost disappeared under female professors, ...
The National Academy of Sciences once again set a team to work on the task of finding that there are no gender differences in math ability, and once again, the team delivered. And once again, there was little male involvement ...
When an employer hires people of a given “race, sex, or ethnic group” at less then four-fifths the rate that it hires members of another group, the federal government sees that as a great reason to investigate the company for ...
K. C. Johnson on the Campus Rape Crisis Myth
The Extent of Legacy Preferences
The Stanford Review’s blog has an article about the topic here. I found these numbers interesting:
In a recent Stanford Daily article, it was reported that almost 1/5 of the class of 2013 was legacy, which, according to the article, was ...
Another Problem with Campus Rape Statistics?
From the Telegraph:
A study of more than 200 students revealed many wrongly blamed the effects of a “bad night out” on date-rape drugs, when they had just drunk excessively.
Many are in “active denial” that drinking large amounts of alcohol ...
Money and Diversity on the Same Side
You can sue all you want, but I don’t think you’ll beat that duo.
Affirmative Action by the Numbers
My review of No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal — a study of affirmative action at elite colleges — is up on the home page.
Wishful Thinking about Dr. King
John Rosenberg writes:
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking nominations for its 2010 “Fulfilling the Dream” award, an annual honor bestowed upon those who personify and promote “the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” One of the 2009 winners was “Students ...
David Hardy on the OSU Second Amendment Center
Here, complete with a rather amusing e-mail from an OSU professor defending the Center.
From the Washington Monthly’s college blog, on the question of whether college is worth the cost, and for which students:
The “did college pay off” question is based on the premise that it’s college that we should be ...
Fiscal Responsibility vs. Equal Opportunity
The NYT has a symposium on the topic featuring Richard Vedder.
I especially like Alfonso Trujillo’s response:
Subsidizing top-tier universities in the hope of getting more underprivileged students to attend is tantamount to subsidizing top-tier department stores in the ...
Coed Housing and Binge Drinking
That’s a pretty strong effect:
The research found that 42 percent of students in coed housing reported binge drinking on a weekly basis, while only 18 percent of those in single-sex housing did so. The researchers discounted the idea that student ...
Landing a Blow against White Privilege
A prominent Columbia architecture professor punched a female university employee in the face at a Harlem bar during a heated argument about race relations, cops said yesterday.
Police busted Lionel McIntyre, 59, for assault yesterday after his bruised victim, Camille ...
Affirmative Action for Men?
Here’s an interesting post on the topic from Ronald Bailey of Reason; there’s some evidence that it’s happening not just to students but also to faculty. In some cases, rather than using preferences to enhance “diversity,” colleges ...
On the homepage, Stephen Spruiell takes on the Obama administration’s plan to strong-arm private lenders.
Before Giving to Your Alma Mater
Read Todd Zywicki’s piece from National Review’s education issue (no longer on newsstands). It’s now online for free, and subscribers can read the whole issue here.
I’ll be on WJR Radio (Detroit) talking about why fewer kids should go to college later this morning — a little after 11 a.m. Eastern. You can listen online here.
Send Fewer Students to College
Marcus A. Winters says we should “send more students to college.” He is responding, in part, to my NR piece making the opposite case. My argument is that when 40 percent of college students fail to graduate in six years, and ...
Just a few quick comments to add in response to the letter below.
First, I did not mean to disparage the Medill Innocence Project (or Prof. David Protess, who runs it) by calling it “activist.” Theirs is a very good ...
The Innocence Project Tries to Duck Subpoena
The Medill School of Journalism (disclosure: I’m an alum) is fighting Cook County prosecutors over a case the school’s Innocence Project handled:
The Cook County state’s attorney subpoenaed the students’ grades, notes and recordings of witness interviews, ...
More Journalist-Threatening in Rock 'N' Roll
The lead singer of Megadeth follows Marilyn Manson’s lead.
I love the guy’s music, but what a clown:
In a post on MEGADETH’s official forum from early this morning (Friday, October 16), Mustaine writes regarding the Lydverket interview, “...
The Military's Participation in the College-for-All Racket
Legislation has been introduced that would stop interest from accruing on government college loans for active-duty soldiers and National Guard members.
The Washington Monthly calls this a “no-brainer,” and it is pretty hard to oppose — but I have to ask: ...
Jacob Sullum summarizes a study:
In Philadelphia, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania find, possessing a gun is strongly associated with getting shot. Since “guns did not protect those who possessed them,” they conclude, “people should rethink their possession of ...
The Washington Monthly’s Jesse Singal is offended by my previous post. I’m re-treading some ground here, so those who are up-to-date on the “campus-rape incidence rate” debate can probably skip this one.
He seems to doubt the notion ...
It’s kind of weird.
When college girls get drunk, have sex, and don’t consider themselves rape victims afterward, to the Left that’s a rape crisis.
When a famous director gives a 13-year-old girl alcohol and quaaludes, she ...
I just wanted to flag this sentence from your angry reader:
I’d reckon that the average student IQ at a typical state university is higher than at your so-called elite universities.
That’s pretty unlikely. Elite universities are elite ...
One Reason for Student Credit-Card Debt
People often decry the massive amounts of credit-card debt students incur in college. One can hardly blame the credit-card companies for their aggressive marketing — they are of course happy to have kids (who have poor impulse control) spending money with ...
Your Tuition Dollars at Work
Playing video games for credit at the University of Houston.
Six Jobs You Don't Need a Degree For
A more useful part of Mother Jones’s college package.
Academic Feminism and Domestic-Violence Myths
The Chronicle of Higher Education hosts a debate.
Re: Affirmative-Action Doctors
This is a fairly wonky post, so be warned.
Some readers have objected (quite reasonably) to the Discriminations post I linked to yesterday — there was a statistic with a very low sample size. To correct for this error, I put ...
I have no idea what the average age of a PBC reader is, so there’s a good chance everyone is well-versed in this affair. If not, I highly suggest its Wikipedia page.
Here’s my favorite part:
Thanks to testimony from three experienced cops, it finally dawns on Lawrence Auster that it’s not illegal to yell at a police officer.
He blames this wretched situation on the incorporation of the First Amendment. I’m not familiar ...
Re: Liberty and Libertarianism
Carol — In part I agree with you, but I have to say I’ve been surprised by both sides (of the conservative side). As both a libertarian and the son of a (now retired) police officer, I have pretty strong ...
Sallie Mae's Political Contributions
Inside Higher Ed has the details on a new analysis.
I found this interesting, if hardly surprising:
While the loan giant is bipartisan in giving, it seems to pay attention to which way the political winds are blowing. Donations leaned ...
Most conservatives have experienced it at some point: On college campuses, in big cities, and even at family reunions nationwide, right-of-center politics often stand out. Everything from minor slights to major fights can ensue.
In I Can’t Believe I’...
Slate's Explainer Defines Disorderly Conduct
Massachusetts courts have limited the definition of disorderly conduct to: fighting or threatening, violent or tumultuous behavior, or creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition for no legitimate purpose other than to cause public annoyance or alarm. (The statute, ...
First of all, I never said it wasn’t plausible to begin with; I questioned whether it was “necessary,” and argued that when a police officer confronts someone for breaking into a house, and it turns out it was his ...
On the Henry Louis Gates Arrest
Reading this story, I was feeling sorry for the cops through this part:
Henry Louis Gates Jr. had forced his way through the front door of his home because it was jammed, his lawyer said Monday.
Cambridge police say they ...
The Case Against College Entitlements
Reason makes it in a video featuring Charles Murray.
Minor quibble with the text of the post: “Nationally, four-year colleges graduated an average of just 53% of entering students within six years” does not mean the same thing as “over 50 percent ...
An Odd Way to Pay for College
Not getting pregnant:
A pregnancy prevention program based at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro that pays 12 to 18 year old girls one dollar for every day they are not pregnant has spurred conversation and raised eyebrows as it has ...
I Read the Kirn Article on Standardized Testing
So you don’t have to.
And while I happened to know that some of them gained admission on special terms meant to make up for their social disadvantages, I didn’t resent them for this. Not at all. . . . ...
The High-School Exit Exam
California Dems want to end it, their reasoning being that due to budget cuts in the education field, the state can’t expect its students to do as well as they did before. I’m not sure that’s the ...
There’s been a good deal of research on the link between them lately, and my fellow NR-nik Stephen Spruiell has the highlights.
At Least They're Doing Something Constructive
at North Carolina State University.
Conservative Paranoia in Liberal Institutions
David and I have blogged about this before — the point being that whatever liberal bias there is in academia, conservatives need to man up and state their views (and stop exaggerating the consequences for doing so). Over on the Corner, ...
Do Academics Intentionally Mislead Journalists?
Stephen Spruiell and Megan McArdle give recent examples where this likely happened.
A while back, I pointed to one as well. It was about a less crucial topic, but the co-author of the study flat-out lied to the media about ...
Re: Sotomayor and Racial Preferences
As I alluded to before, one of the worst things about affirmative action is that it makes minorities’ credentials worth less — there’s often the lingering question of whether they could have achieved the same thing had they been held ...
The College Grant as Entitlement?
Mother Jones, of all outlets, has an entire article putting down Sotomayor’s writing ability. From it I learned this:
But writing has apparently plagued Sotomayor since college, when, the Wall Street Journal reports, she nearly flunked out of her ...
Rendition: Guantanamo, the forthcoming Xbox 360 game I wrote about yesterday, will not see the light of day.