If there is one way to sum up my first three months as a Faculty Senate chair, it’s that I’ve taken the red pill that unearthed the reality of 2014 higher education. If there is a second way, it’...
On Minding the Campus, Richard Vedder updates us on the latest cracks in the foundation of higher education. For many schools, muddling along may not be an option much longer.
One of my favorite ways to rib students in class is by quizzing them on topics they should know, but they don’t. Think Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking,” but I’m the Jay asking the questions. In my latest foray, ...
PowerPoint makes good teachers bad and bad teachers worse. Yet, it’s so pervasive that I often wonder if I’m alone in my distaste. Thankfully, I’m not. Kudos to Rebecca Schuman, education columnist for Slate.com, for this ...
Prager U: The Bigger the Government...
…the smaller the citizen.
Anarchists are apt to favor abolition of the Federal government; the rest of us want to debate when that government should be the first resort and when it should be the last resort.
With that idea ...
I'm Taking Zombies Next Semester!
Central Michigan is offering a course on apocalyptic literature – “From Revelation to The Walking Dead.” I’m sure some readers are laughing. Perhaps there are others who think, “well, at least it covers Revelation.”
I’d like to be positive ...
"New Study Shows the Value of a College Education"
The Pew Research Center reported that individuals with a high school degree earned 62% of the salary of college degree holders. In related news, researchers found that people with kitchens in their homes were 99% more likely to engage in the act ...
Is feminism pro-woman, or just anti-male? In the newest Prager University video, lifelong feminist and former National Organization for Women member, Tammy Bruce, weighs in.
I’ve posted Prager U videos for awhile, but for new Phi Beta Con readers, ...
Prager U: Lower Taxes, Higher Revenue
In the newest Prager University course, UCLA Professor of Economics Tim Groseclose explains the Laffer Curve – a representation of the non-linear relationship between tax rates and revenue collected at those rates.
In the newest Prager University course, Dennis Prager articulates one of his life’s passions — teaching people that happiness is not a selfish pursuit, it is a moral obligation.
Mere College Graduates Can Be Teachers?
The Indiana State Board of Education is proposing a teaching license that would allow college graduates with good grades and work experience to become classroom teachers. According to the Board:
“Candidates would need to hold a bachelor’s degree with ...
"Random Thoughts" on Higher Education
As a long-time admirer of Thomas Sowell, I look forward to his regular random thoughts columns where his exceptional wit runs wild on the passing scene. Hence, as a fly on the wall of higher education, I’ve decided to ...
Prager U: What Did Your Parents Most Want You to Be?
Prager U has a tagline of “we teach what isn’t taught.” This latest course by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is exhibit A in that regard.
Many students are concerned about doing well in school in order to land a good ...
Prager U: Why Capitalism Works
“The genius of capitalism is that it channels self-interest into altruism.”
In the newest Prager University course, renowned social critic George Gilder critiques the idea that capitalism is a selfish economic system. In these days of “you didn’t build ...
Honest University Commercial
I nominate the creator of this video to be the next Secretary of Education. Enjoy.
Prager U: America's Debt Crisis Explained
“If you are under, say 30, you have a tsunami-sized problem coming towards you – and you probably don’t even know it.”
In the newest Prager University course, Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, helps us understand the ...
Prager U: Does God Exist? 4 New Arguments
Many colleges in the United States were founded as places to train clergy. Fast forward a few hundred years and religious studies courses are often relegated to one of many options that satisfy a general education requirement.
The folks at ...
I’m torn on this one. I wish students’ reading lists consisted of deeper material, but I can’t entirely refute using Covey – especially because I wrote about using that book in my leadership courses.
When my senior students ...
Prager U: The Least Free Place in America
“Teachers and students must always remain free to inquire, otherwise our civilization will stagnate and die.”
— U.S. Supreme Court, Sweezy v. New Hampshire (1957)
In the newest Prager University course, Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in ...
Prager U: Why Rent Control Hurts Renters
Prager University kicks off the new year with a redesigned site (well done!) and a new course on rent control. In the course, Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute shows why price ceilings on apartments hurt those it intends to ...