The rise of online coursework allowing students to choose among a huge number of education providers is creating a conflict-of-interest situation for college leaders, argues Burck Smith in this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call. They could (and should) allow students to satisfy some of their credit requirements with quality courses offered by other institutions, but they’ll be tempted to restrict that freedom of choice by insisting on their own offerings. That would help keep up their revenues, but at the expense of sullying their claim to act for the good of the public.
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More