Day: April 4, 2014

Common Core: Peter Replies to Sol Stern

My friend Sol Stern has published a rejoinder here to two essays I recently published about the Common Core K-12 State Standards.  Sol had quite a bit to say and I have replied point by point in an essay on the National Association of Scholars website.  What follows is an abbreviated account.  Sol makes, by […]

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When Did Federal Intervention in Higher-Ed Begin?

The conventional wisdom among higher education historians is that government was uninvolved in the development of American higher education before the Civil War. In “Myth Busting: The Laissez Faire Origins of American Higher Education,” published recently in The Independent Review, I refute this view using a framework that compares the actual political economy during the […]

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True Affirmative Action Tale–Not an Onion Satire

Sometimes it is hard to take affirmative action seriously, or to distinguish it from parody (or often, tragedy). A case in point is a recent decision by a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the dismissal of a discrimination complaint by Dr. Marvin Thrash, a former faculty […]

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