College students should be returning to campus this fall.
For some colleges and universities, the decision to bring back in-person research and instruction is a matter of basic economic survival.
But even where it is not, the pandemic crisis threatens the essence of college life. Even the best distance-learning program cannot replace the normal interactions that take place on the college campus.
A return to in-person instruction should follow a strategy based on the latest science, balanced with efforts to restore campus life and protect the vulnerable.
It begins with a comprehensive testing and contact tracing plan. Colleges should also focus on residential environments where social distancing may be difficult.
Not all students or faculty will be able to come back at the same time.
Some combination of distance learning with in-person instruction will be needed.
It will be tough to bring students back to college campuses this fall, but it’s an effort well worth making.Read More »
Late last year the campus newspaper at Yale—the Yale Daily News—published an article highlighting the astounding lack of worldview diversity on America’s college campuses today.
Under the headline, “Faculty Call For Ideological Diversity” the reporters highlighted four professors who made it clear, Yale stifles political discourse. In other respects, Yale has made a push for demographic diversity—race, gender, sexual orientation and the like. But, when it comes to political diversity, there is virtually none.
The numbers for universities in the Northeast are particularly startling: The ratio of liberal professors to conservatives is 28:1, according to the story.
Perhaps the strangest element in all of this is that conservative and Christian parents continue to fight so hard to get their children into schools where the faculty is determined to undermine everything those parents believed and have even taught their children.Read More »
Townhall Review with Hugh Hewitt – April 20, 2019
Dennis Prager and National Review’s Andrew McCarthy talk about what many already know; the Obama Administration spied on the campaign of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Hugh Hewitt is joined by United States Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband to talk about freedom of speech being stifled on college and university campuses.
Dennis Prager asks Daily Wire writer Michael Knowles about conservative speakers being harassed and even physically attacked on college and university campuses.
Hugh Hewitt talks to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who recently signed into law a bill outlawing abortion in Ohio once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Seth Liebsohn asks Pete Peterson, the Dean of the Graduate School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, about his article, “Is the Eggshell Culture on Campus Moving into Our Public Square?”Read More »
The cheating scandal in college admissions should force immediate changes at leading universities. For instance, corrupt parents bribed coaches and created false records for their kids, who pretended to be athletic stars in water polo, rowing or sailing.
But why reserve slots even for children who really excel in these sports? How does the presence of better student golfers, for instance, raise the quality of a major college? Football and basketball can make big money for the university, but minor sports cost money that only inflates tuition.
Moreover, kids who are accomplished in sailing, golf, or tennis, most likely come from wealthy backgrounds. Giving them preferences in admissions is like affirmative action for rich kids.
In addition to grades and test scores, it’s appropriate to count volunteerism, or artistic ability, or community leadership. But to tilt toward participants in minor sports shows a problem of misplaced priorities.Read More »
Townhall Review – April 14, 2018
Senator Joni Ernst, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joins Hugh Hewitt to discuss the United States response to the deadly chemical attack by the Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad on the rebel-held town of Douma, Syria. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced hard questions from Congress on censoring conservative content, like that of Diamond and Silk. Hugh Hewitt and Larry Kudlow, Director of the National Economic Council, take on the issue of tariffs and how it appears China has softened their rhetoric. John Fund, national affairs columnist for National Review, and Hugh Hewitt discuss the issue of alleged voter fraud in California. Dennis Prager looks at the emotional damage women may face from the “Hookup Culture.” Michael Medved looks at the reality of gun confiscation in one American city, Deerfield, Illinois. Freedom of speech on college and university campuses is under attack and Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, an outspoken proponent of freedom of speech on campus filled in Mike Gallagher to take on that subject.Read More »