Category Archives: Education

Robert Bellarmine and Global Warming

In the popular imagination, Galileo was a courageous champion of Science (YAY!) against the corrupt and backwards Catholic Church. (BOOO!) This simplistic view is attractive to people with a natural hostility to people of faith. It is also false. On this feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, we should remember that, contrary to the standard narrative, [...]

Did Notre Dame Just Go Off the Cliff?

Despite its ongoing lawsuit against the Obama administration over its employee health care plan, the University of Notre Dame’s student insurance plan will cover contraceptives and abortifacients. This is bad news.  Really bad. And for a lot of people holding out hope for, or actively working for, the renewal of Catholic identity at Notre Dame, [...]

UPDATE: Dictionary goes ideological, slams those who “homeschool”

  UPDATE: Dictionary.com has removed the offensive “recommended sentences” which slammed homeschooling. Thanks to all who wrote in. For those asking, here was a screenshot of the offensive words.   Because of course a dictionary has to become ideological… If you look up “homeschool” over at Dictionary.com, you get the following “example sentences” which use [...]

Putting Student Loans in Perspective

Josh Mercer posted a story below about Mark Cuban and student loans, so I thought it only fair that the opposite argument should appear here. Full disclosure: In order to write this post I’m taking a break from trying to figure out how the next fiscal year budget will stretch to meet my department’s needs [...]

Mark Cuban explains the current student loan crisis in less than 90 seconds

I don’t watch the NBA, but this is enough to make me a fan of the Dallas Mavericks. Their semi-obnoxious owner nailed the problem with $1 trillion in college debt that is crushing Millennials — and the adverse effects its having not just on them but everyone. Politicians love to sell themselves as problem solvers [...]

Teacher Tenure and Judicial Activism

This week a California court ruled that teacher tenure violated the state constitution by harming the educational opportunities of disadvantaged children.  Already, some conservative activists and commentators (and some non-conservative ones, too) are praising this as a great step, and encouraging similar lawsuits in other states.  This is, I think, a mistake. First, one should [...]

Rubio: “The science is settled…life begins at conception.”

Two weeks ago, the Senator Marco Rubio told ABC’s “This Week” that he believe that climate is changing–it’s always changing–but he’s skeptical of both the certitude of some scientists about the causes and scope of that change as well as many of the more radical policies proposed to address climate change. Predictably, the Left rushed to [...]

God Save the Rest (Including a lot of Oddballs): In Defense of Newman Centers

As a Catholic, Blessed John Henry Newman had two direct experiences with higher education. The first, the creation of a Catholic University in Ireland, is well known.  The second was his attempt to establish an oratory and a Catholic hall at Oxford University.  With a Catholic hall, the laity would have access to the best [...]

God Save the Oddballs: A Case for Catholic College

Augustine’s heart was restless until it rested in God. For me it was my legs, too. When I was a Freshman at the University of Arizona, I used to go on long walks alone at night, restlessly traversing the Tucson, Ariz., campus — always starting and ending by passing the Newman Center that was a [...]

German Homeschooling Family Allowed to Stay in America, But the Fight is Not Over

Last year, I wrote about the situation of the Romeikes, a Christian family who emigrated to America to escape Germany’s draconian anti-homeschooling laws — laws originally put into place under the Nazis. At the time, it appeared that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) was not going to allow the Romeikes to stay, because they [...]


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