Category Archives: Education

Australia’s university campuses are hostile to free speech

“IPA research has found a worsening state of free speech on Australia’s university campuses. The IPA’s Free Speech on Campus Audit 2017 found 34 of Australia’s 42 universities are hostile to free speech on campus through their actions and policies.” click here

California Public School Fails Test

“A group of parents and students has filed what it hopes will be a landmark lawsuit against the State of California for its public schools failing to teach literacy.” click here

Progressive Intolerance on College Campuses Exposed

“A new documentary, Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus, aims to expose what it calls the the left’s coalition with radical Islamic and antisemitic groups on college campuses throughout the United States, working together to marginalize pro-Israel students.” click here

“Climate Education Act” Misguided

On its face this Sen. Markey proposal seems like a good thing. Unfortunately the effect will be anything but educational. At the center of the current climate change controversy is a key federal agency incorporated in this act (NASA). Government-controlled education (by NASA or any other federal agency) on climate or any other science topic is a recipe for disaster.

 

The Closing of the American Mind

The apparent prejudice of these instructors against certain points of view  and open discussion is a classic example of what Allan Bloom described in 1987 as the failure of US higher education resulting in The Closing of the American Mind.

“Three professors co-teaching an online course called “Medical Humanities in the Digital Age” at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs recently told their students via email that man-made climate change is not open for debate, and those who think otherwise have no place in their course.”  here for more.

Rural Drinking Water Program Results in Educational Benefits, China

This is the first study I’ve seen that looked at the benefits of rural water availability with regard to educational benefits.

Jing Zhang, Lixin Colin Xu. The long-run effects of treated water on education: The rural drinking water program in China. Journal of Development Economics Volume 122, September 2016, Pages 1–15.

Since little is known about the long-run effect of treated water, we examine the educational benefit to rural youth in China from a major water treatment program started in the 1980s. By employing a data set covering two decades and encompassing more than 4700 individuals between ages 18 and 25, we find that, on average, the program increased the completed grades of education of rural youth by 1.1 years. Moreover, the effect was highly heterogeneous across gender and age of exposure. Rural girls benefited from water treatment more than rural boys such that the water treatment program completely eliminated the gender gap in education in treated villages. Young rural people with access to treated water in early childhood experienced significantly higher gains in schooling attainment (i.e., by more than a year) than those that gained access at later stages of life. Our analysis suggests that this program was cost-effective.

The Honorable Clarence Thomas