George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
American history is certainly not a strong portion of our nation’s (especially college students’) knowledge base. With that in mind, while many are adding Thanksgiving night shopping to their plans — a topic for another rant — please also consider adding ...
Prager U: God and Suffering
“All good people are appalled at the suffering of the innocent . . . [But] unjust suffering is a problem only because we have a sense of what is just and unjust. Where does this sense come from?”
In the newest Prager University ...
Prager U: Why America Invaded Iraq
Today, hearing good people differ on how to respond to Syria (if at all) unearths memories of a similar quandary with Iraq a decade ago.
Why did America invade Iraq? In this new, timely Prager University course, renowned British historian, ...
Prager U: The American Trinity Second Edition
Dennis Prager hits one out of the park with his newest Prager University course – The American Trinity Second Edition. For this video, Prager has remade one of his original courses into a visually stunning presentation of what it means to ...
Is the MBA Bubble Bursting?
The renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management is selling its campus to for-profit college operator, Laureate Education Inc., in an attempt to stay afloat.
At one point in time, the MBA was considered a ticket to top investment banks or ...
Prager U: Why Europe Has a Problem with Israel
In the newest Prager University course, Daniel Gordis, President of the Shalem Center, analyzes the hostility towards Israel by exploring the complex relationship between Europe, Israel and the Arab World.
Prager U: Were the Middle Ages Dark?
According to Anthony Esolen, Providence College professor of English, perhaps they should be relabed “The Brilliant Ages.”
The Dilbert Ph.D. Saga Continues
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
No one explains reality in three pictures like Scott Adams.
The Daily Show on Going to College
I have to give credit to the Jon Stewart crew. This is hysterical.
When I advise students, I often feel like H&R Block when discussing the university core courses. All too often, students only need help checking boxes and filling out schedules. They think such courses will not help their careers; they ...
Prager U: Did FDR End or Extend the Depression?
In the newest Prager University course, Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics at UCLA, challenges the conventional wisdom of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” rescuing the nation from the Great Depression.
Prager U: What Matters Most
Many college ethics courses both cost over $1000 and fill students’ heads with drivel. Dennis Prager’s newest Prager University course does neither. In “What Matters Most,” Prager discusses the daily battles we face between our feelings and our values – a ...
Prager U: The President Who Shrank Government
Today, we have “Yes, we can!” In the mid-1920s we had “Don’t do.” The man behind that missive – President “Silent Cal” Calvin Coolidge.
There’s more to acknowledge about President Coolidge beyond the out-of-context misquote of “the business ...
Prager U: The U.N. vs. Israel
“There are 193 countries in the United Nations today. Of these, one has been singled out as an especially egregious offender of the organization’s mandate to preserve and enhance human freedom and tolerance. Can you guess which it is?”
Prager U: How Teachers' Unions Hurt Schools
Fixing the problems that plague education in the U.S. requires a multifaceted solution. In the newest Prager University course, Stanford University Professor Terry Moe addresses one of the larger issues: how the power of teachers’ unions stifles change.
Prager U: Aznar on Europe, America, and Israel
“The presence of America must be decisive, not irrelevant.”
So says former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar. In the latest Prager U video, Mr. Aznar shares profound thoughts on the present state of Europe, the United States, and Israel.
Prager U: Is Evil Rational
Time to put your thinking caps on (does anyone actually own a thinking cap?). In the newest Prager University course, Dennis Prager ponders whether we can depend on reason alone to make a better world?
Prager U: A Black South African, Israel, and Apartheid
Is Israel is an apartheid state?
In the newest Prager University course, hear how South African Parliament member Kenneth Meshoe, a brave gentlemen who lived through apartheid South Africa and travels regularly to Israel, answers that accusation.
Prager U: How to Praise Your Child
Children raised with the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality are likely to develop a sense of unearned self-esteem. How can we counter this deleterious practice?
In the newest Prager University course, best-selling author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin proposes a better way ...
Prager U: The Public Unions vs. The Public
In the newest Prager University course, Philip Howard, founder of nonpartisan reform coalition Common Good, discusses the effects of public service union contracts on cities’ balance sheets.
In light of the Motor City bankruptcy, this course is quite timely.
Several Prager University videos touch upon political issues — this one does not. The latest course is useful for anyone who is (at least partly) human. Watch as Dr. Stephen Marmer of UCLA Medical School discusses the anatomy of offering forgiveness.
Prager U: Why America's Military Must Be Strong
I have often heard Dennis Prager state on his radio show that Auschwitz was not liberated by peace activists.
With that in mind, for the newest Prager University course, renowned British historian Andrew Roberts suggests that if you yearn for ...
Grads, Don't Do What You Love
. . . do what’s meaningful. That is the message in the Wall Street Journal from Carl McCoy, a writer and English-language instructor at the Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture:
Does the doctor love going into the hospital to see ...
Student Loans are a Horror Movie
. . . a real horror movie.
I don’t know what is scarier, the short film or this article from The Atlantic that marginalizes the reality depicted in it.
Yes, I get the for-profit thing. But, given the questionable benefits of college-for-all ...
Prager U: Separation of Church and State
In the age of banning nativity scenes in a public park and renaming Good Friday on a municipal calendar, some clarification is needed on ”a wall of separation between church and state.” Thus, in the newest Prager University course, distinguished ...
One thing I love about research is finding golden nuggets in unexpected places. Consider this quote from management guru Peter Drucker’s 1957 book of societal forecasts, Landmarks of Tomorrow:
Society must [also] demand that education be considered by the educated ...
Prager U: God or Atheism — Which Is More Rational?
“The conclusion that God exists doesn’t require faith. Atheism requires faith. It takes faith to believe in everything coming from nothing. It takes only reason to believe in everything coming from God.”
In this week’s Prager University course, ...
Re: I Think I’ll Scream if . . .
Last week, George used this title to refer to yet another toting of the college wage premium. Here’s one claim that I think is even worse than that. According to a Chronicle article on employers’ perceptions of graduates’ (often ...
College Degrees and Disparate Impact
The fear of disparate-impact lawsuits over pre-employment tests likely contributed to employers’ using the college degree as a de facto screening mechanism for many jobs that diligent 18-year-olds can perform.
Yet, something still bothers me.
Why can’t someone file ...
Peter Drucker on the Dangers of College-for-All
Credential inflation is apparently not a new phenomenon:
The popular substitute for advancement from the ranks – a college education for all able young people – is not really acceptable. The abilities which make for scholastic success are not the abilities the ...
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of NAS
The National Association of Scholars Conference — A Mighty Maze: Charting the Future of American Higher Education — is less than two weeks away! This event takes place on March 1 and 2 at the Harvard Club in Manhattan.
Participants will convene to address ...
NAS's Hundred Great Ideas
In celebration of the 100th issue of Academic Questions, the National Association of Scholars published “One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education” — 100 ideas by 100 individuals who are passionate about change in higher ed.
Most of us have mused about positive (...
Prager U: Adam Carolla -- Change Your Life
“Polar bears, they can’t change. Actually, you can ask. No, you know what. Don’t bother. They’ll eat you.”
Adam Carolla is back for another Prager University course: “Change Your Life.” In the entertaining and witty style that ...