Category Archives: Education

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 [...]

How the Great Books Rewired My Brain

In the five years I have worked at Benedictine College, my wife, April, and I have longed, hoped, pleaded and planned for a Benedictine College Great Books Program. Our old friends Edward Mulholland and Susan (Orr) Traffas have finally accomplished the goal: The program starts this Fall, in time for Hoopes Child Number 2 (of [...]

Pope to Catholic Academia: Be Both

There are three possible approaches to Catholic higher education. One is to retreat from the world, and be “just Catholic.” Another is to retreat from the Church and be “just a university.” The third is the hardest:  to fully engage the world with the fullness of the faith. Pope Francis spoke to visitors from Notre [...]

Creative Schooling

This week is National School Choice Week, and while events around the country in support of this effort continue to grow, American schooling continues, in many ways, to become more and more centralized.  The U.S. Department of Justice is still trying to deport homeschooling asylum-seekers, and to attack state-level school choice programs.  Even the Fordham [...]


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