By John Ellis – Our corrupt, radical universities feed every scourge from censorship and crime to antisemitism. America faces a formidable range of calamities: crime out of control, borders in chaos by design, children poorly educated while sexualized and politicized against parental opposition, unconstitutional censorship, a press that does government PR rather than oversight, our institutions and corporations debased in the name of “diversity, equity and inclusion”—and more. To these has been added an outbreak of virulent antisemitism. Every one of these degradations can be traced wholly or in large part to a single source: the corruption of higher education by radical political activists. Read More
By Scott Yenor and Anna Miller – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s antiwoke education agenda has drawn national attention, but equally important and far less noticed is how Mr. DeSantis advanced new educational standards. A pedagogical revolution is afoot in the Sunshine State, which could serve as a blueprint for states across the country.
Florida’s education reformers understand that antiwoke rhetoric alone is insufficient. A vision for education excellence must displace underperforming K-12 institutions. Florida has passed universal education savings accounts, which give families access to public per pupil funds for tuition to private or classical schools, school supplies and home-schooling aid.
So far, Florida has introduced new standards in English, language arts, math, social studies, civics and health education. The English standards, for instance, are knowledge-based, rather than skills-based. They center on the great books of Western civilization Read More
By Lindsey M. Burke and Jason Bedrick – For decades, the education-reform movement poured untold resources into cultivating Democratic politicians and leftwing groups with little to show for it. The issue of values is what has super-charged the school-choice movement’s recent successes. Empowering families to choose learning environments that align with their values is not only the right thing to do—it’s also the most politically viable strategy. Read More
By Jay Greene, Ph.D. and James Paul – For too long, education reformers have avoided promoting school choice to help parents frustrated with critical race theory or gender ideology in the classroom. But new Heritage data shows that many Americans not only oppose the woke agenda in schools, but they are also the same people more likely to support school choice. The school choice movement can gain significantly more supporters by wading into the current cultural battles to promote school choice as a solution. Read More
By Jerry A. Coyne and Anna I. Krylov – The crux of our argument is simple: Science that doesn’t prioritize merit doesn’t work, and substituting ideological dogma for quality is a shortcut to disaster. In some ways this new species of Lysenkoism is more pernicious than the old, because it affects all science—chemistry, physics, life sciences, medicine and math—not merely biology and agriculture. The government isn’t the only entity pushing it, either. “Progressive” scientists promote it, too, along with professional societies, funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health and Energy Department, scientific journals and university administrators. When applying for openings as a university scientist today, job candidates may well be evaluated more by their record of supporting “social justice” than by their scientific achievements. Read More