Month: September 2023

Actions Matter: The IAT’s Fallacious Arguments

Mahzarin Banaji and Frank Dobbin, a Harvard psychologist and sociologist, explain in a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Why DEI Training Doesn’t Work—and How to Fix It.”  The article is based on something called the Implicit Association Test (IAT), invented in 1998 and available to all on a Harvard University website. The IAT is a […]

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Stoking the FIRE: Boston Event Demonstrates Foundation’s Expansion and Continuity

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) recently hosted “FIRE in Boston,” a reception and panel discussion with Q&A. Members and guests filled the hall at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor on the evening of September 20. Some fourteen months have passed since the organization originally known as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education […]

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WU: Taking DEI to Court

While the cabal of far-left ideologues and interest groups complain that America’s zealous pursuit of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is not far-reaching or radical enough, a coalition of oppositional forces are pushing back against this dominant narrative. Public interest law firms, advocates, scholars, and activists are increasingly utilizing litigation to challenge the incorporation of […]

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GRAF: The Constitution of Liberty in Borges’s “El Aleph”

  “It is desirable, in short, that in things which do not primarily concern others, individuality should assert itself.” —John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (London, 1859) Jorge Luis Borges’s story “El Aleph” (1945) contemplates the struggle for personal liberty in Argentina, a subject he conjures more formally a year later in his essay “Nuestro pobre […]

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Ohio State Main University building.

Ohio State University Dodges DEI Scrutiny

Until recently, on its faculty hiring page, Ohio State University’s (OSU) College of Arts and Sciences listed a form called the “Faculty Search Diversity Recruitment Report.” The document describes itself as a requirement for faculty hiring in the college. Per its own instructions, search committees must send the report to their division’s dean—and the dean […]

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Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

DeSantis Won the Accreditation Fight. What’s Next?

The once-sleepy topic of accreditation continues to take shape as perhaps the most important frontline topic in the battle for higher education reform. For those who aren’t familiar with accreditation, a previous piece provided a short summary: On paper, accreditors are private entities that review the quality of colleges. They serve as one of the […]

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More Prep and Pay, Less Pep and Play

School districts have begun to invite motivational speakers for their convocation ceremonies at the beginning of the school year. In the past, these speeches were given by actual educators, but today they are usually delivered by well-paid self-help gurus, positive psychologists, and corporate pep consultants who tell demoralized teachers to turn their frowns upside down […]

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