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“Colleges pushed to prove worth”

This is the headline of a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer today. It highlights a growing trend in America, “a new and unmistakably skeptical view of the ivory tower,” one that may be found “In not just conservative circles but also the business community and the tuition-paying ranks of parents.” It goes into one remedy being pondered by the US Dept of Ed’s “future of higher education commission,” a standardized test of college graduates to see just how much they’re learning in their years on campus.

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Van Morrison Sings for the Voiceless

Van Morrison knows what censorship means even if Internet mobs don’t. He has released three new songs, “No More Lockdown,” “As I Walked Out,” and “Born to Be Free,” that movingly speak against the new autocratic culture that too many people -- especially trusted media figures, particularly ... Read More
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Van Morrison Sings for the Voiceless

Van Morrison knows what censorship means even if Internet mobs don’t. He has released three new songs, “No More Lockdown,” “As I Walked Out,” and “Born to Be Free,” that movingly speak against the new autocratic culture that too many people -- especially trusted media figures, particularly ... Read More