Defending Malcolm Gladwell to Intellectuals

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By William A. Dembski An Email Exchange A few months ago I was copied on an email from one intellectual to another. The email praised a highly negative review by political philosopher John Gray of Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, David and Goliath. Omitting correspondent names, the email read as follows: A masterly example of the […]

On Economic Value: The Centrality of Information

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The most valuable commodity in the world today is information. An arresting thought, that—no doubt about it. And one we hear from all sides nowadays. But is it true? Just what sort of commodity is information, anyway? And exactly why is it so valuable? Perhaps those who speak in this way are thinking of inside […]

Greg Lukianoff Interview

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Greg Lukianoff is President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a political and legal advocacy group supporting the free-speech rights of students on America’s college campuses. A self-described left-leaning liberal politically, Mr. Lukianoff worked for the ACLU (American Civil liberties Union) and OAR (Organization for Aid to Refugees), as well as for […]

E.D. Hirsch on Education Reform

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E.D. Hirsch, Jr., now retired, was until recently Professor of English and of Education and Humanities at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several widely read books on the subjects of cultural literacy and education reform, including Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (Houghton Mifflin, 1987), The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking […]

Steve Jobs’s Greatest Speech

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Many of you will already know about the eloquent and deeply moving commencement address that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005. For those of you who may not have encountered this great speech before, we wanted to draw it to your attention. Steve Jobs, we need scarcely say, is the college drop-out who, […]

Some Thoughts on Grade Inflation

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A recent article in the Chicago Tribune (here) recounted the difficulty that many seemingly excellent high school students (judging by their GPAs) encounter when they get to college. The upshot of the piece is that grade inflation, especially at lower-performing schools as measured by standardized tests, is leading large numbers of high school graduates from […]

Thoughts on “Super Teachers”

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Anyone who has read a newspaper or looked at a television news program in the last few years is well aware that the American public education system is considered to be in crisis. How to describe the crisis, how to understand the reasons for the crisis, and above all what to do about it are […]

Is Academia Still Relevant?

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A brief article by journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley appeared recently in the July 20 edition of The Wall Street Journal under the provocative title of “Academia’s Crisis of Irrelevance.” In this delightfully acerbic piece, Ms. Riley basically notes the disconnect between the fact that the financial foundation of most institutions of higher education is undergraduate […]

Education or Credentialing?

In a previous post, we discussed Professor Allen Guelzo’s very interesting article in connection with “The Aims of Evangelical Education.” Here, we would like to highlight a particular issue raised by Professor Guelzo in that article. He points out that the de facto purpose of America’s system of colleges and universities has become that of […]

The Aims of Evangelical Education

We here at TBS are in the business of rating colleges and universities. Rating a thing means determining how well it fulfills its function in relation to other things with a similar function. With respect to higher education, this means that one of the main questions that we must return to again and again is […]

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