Ryan Grim and Robby Soave discuss new reporting that Israel is using smartphone facial recognition technology to scan Palestinians’ faces, as well as the LA Teachers Union’s BDS vote that never happened.
As America reckons with systemic racism, schools are responding by expanding diversity and inclusion efforts. But as the efforts have become fused with a decades-old legal concept known as critical race theory, some parents and conservative activists are fighting back. A new episode of CBSN Originals’ Reverb series […]
This is another project that appears to be a coalition of liberals, centrists, and center-right types against the “far left.” What is being described here, along with the University of Austin project being described in the previous post, is largely what the future of “conservatism” will look like, […]
Most of the people associated with this project are not conservatives. They’re mostly liberals, centrists, and center-right types. This is not Liberty University, Brigham Young, or even Hillsdale College. Although I am skeptical of the viability of this project, I’m for as much diversity of education as possible. […]
Krystal and Saagar react to the launch of a new university by Bari Weiss and other intellectuals considered to be part of the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ concerned about academic freedom
More Loundon County drama, apparently. By Peter R Quinones Look, you all know that I am very susceptible to getting emotional, especially when children are involved. But here goes. The backstory to this and how it started is crucial. It wasn’t even news until, Scott Smith, the father […]
My tentative assessment of the Virginia election is that, at least in some geographical areas, the essence of the culture war is shifting from the Right vs Left to the Center vs Left. The culture of the US has moved considerably leftward over the past decade, and elite […]
In Virginia, Democrats are acting like we just had a March on Rome, and Republicans are acting like the Berlin Wall just fell. Youngkin is a moderate Republican “pro-business” type whose only real issue is taxes. He’s light years away from being a right-wing populist or far-right. Youngkin […]
Youngkin ran a very shrewd campaign. He knew exactly what buttons to push. He made opposition to CRT, mask/vaccine mandates, and being pro-“parents rights” and “tough on crime” the centerpiece of his campaign. Meanwhile, the Democrats got caught with their pants down. But Youngkin is just a Mitt […]
Robby Soave gives his postmortem analysis of Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin’s campaigns for Virginia governor.
By Michael Lind, Tablet It would be a step in the right direction. But more is needed to replace America’s antiquated academic sweatshops with a modern enterprise. Even if states like Georgia and Iowa succeed in their efforts to curtail or ban faculty tenure from public universities, how […]
The party realignment is almost entirely complete at this point. The Democrats are the party of educated elites, and the Republicans are the party of the poor and working-class, with race being an outlier issue. This does not mean that the Republicans are becoming the party of “class […]
Robby Soave breaks down Merrick Garland’s contentious Senate testimony on the Loudoun County school board controversy.
Team Rising discuss the latest developments in the scandal surrounding the Loudoun County school board.
Robby Soave previews the newly confirmed assistant secretary for the Department of Education’s office for civil rights, Catherine Lhamon
Ryan Grim and Robby Soave discuss the planned resumption of student loan payments in January 2022.
Probably the most positive side effect of the pandemic has been much-increased employee absenteeism and school truancy along with (of course) the massive increase in rioting. By Ali Tadayon EdSource Despite this year’s return to in-person learning, districts throughout the state are seeing major declines in both enrollment […]
This week, Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant returns to the podcast with an analysis of the ongoing infrastructure battle, and an update on the recall campaign against her. Briahna Joy Gray asks her how she plans to best the corporate interests aligned against her, and whether there […]
Robby Soave breaks down the education culture war currently playing out in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
Ryan Grim details the newest controversy taking place on a college campus, this time regarding a revised article in a student newspaper.
By Samuel Goldman The Week Universities are surprisingly popular places. In surveys of public confidence, they fare better than banks, big corporations, and the entertainment industry — and much better than journalists. While only about a third of Americans have a degree, colleges play an outsize role in […]
Team Rising reacts to a new plan from Bill de Blasio that would phase out gifted and talented programs in New York City elementary schools.
Robby Soave details the alleged assault of a ninth grader that is bringing bathroom politics back into the national spotlight.
By Daniel Cox, The Signal Some of the most polarized political battles in America over the past year have been about what goes on at schools—whether mask mandates, vaccination requirements, or how teachers should approach the question of racism in U.S. history. A recent report from the American […]
Saagar and guest host Marshall Kosloff discuss the decision by Bill De Blasio to end NYC’s Gifted & Talented Program due to ‘segregation’ as his Mayoral tenure ends.
Ryan Grim and Robby Soave react to the resignation of a Yale professor over what she considers the inappropriate appointment of Henry Kissinger’s to a university advisory board.
Team Rising reacts to the NLRB’s latest ruling on college athletes.
By Ronald L. Daniels, The Atlantic Institutions of higher education have remained, at best, bit players in the project of educating the citizenry. About the author: Ronald J. Daniels is president of Johns Hopkins University and author of the forthcoming book What Universities Owe Democracy. I was born […]
Robby Soave details why the FBI’s investigations of critical race theory protests reveal a stark double standard in free speech protections.
Ryan Grim, Kim Iversen, and Robby Soave discuss the latest round of vaccine mandates in the public and private sector.
On today’s What America’s Thinking, a new Hill-HarrisX poll shows nearly half of all voters support vaccine mandates for both adults and children. Emily Jashinsky and Ryan Grim discuss.
Ryan Grim, Kim Iversen, and Emily Jashinsky discuss reporting that Israeli officials pressured the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to alter a course on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Krystal and Saagar analyze the decision to close classes at Harvard Business School and what the incoming freshman class at Harvard can tell us about the future of America’s elite
The therapeutists vs. the theocrats. By Bonnie Kristian, The Week Brown University mandates COVID-19 vaccination for faculty, staff, and students alike, so over 95 percent of the campus community is vaccinated. And, as Brown’s pandemic policy pages note, the vaccines are “proven to be highly effective” in preventing […]
My guest today is Amy Chua. Amy Chua is a professor at Yale Law School. Her books include World on Fire, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, The Triple Package, Political Tribes, and many more. She’s made Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2011 and […]
By Matt Taibbi Michael Sandel’s “The Tyranny of Merit” doesn’t say so, but the pandemic has become the ultimate expression of upper-class America’s obsession with meritocracy. It was impossible to mistake the tone of Joe Biden’s announcement of a vaccine mandate last week. It was an angry speech, […]
By Sarah Imgrund – Liberty University Attempts to sanction scholars for their speech, research or teaching practices has skyrocketed since 2015, with about three in four campaigns leading to some form of professional sanction — including termination — according to a new report by the Foundation for Individual […]
Katie Halper recounts her time with belated actor Michael K. Williams and details the advocacy he cared most about.
Robby Soave makes the case against in-school mask mandates.
By Jack Phillips Epoch Times Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian said he’s resigned from his position in an open letter and accused the college administration of creating an environment that imperils dissent. “I never once believed—nor do I now—that the purpose of instruction was to lead my […]
The principal dividing line in the “culture wars” is between the college-educated and non-college-educated, rather than class, race, gender, or religion. By Nate Cohn, New York Times The front lines of America’s cultural clashes have shifted in recent years. A vigorous wave of progressive activism has helped push […]
Saagar and Marshall respond to a surprising new report showing that young men have abandoned college in the wake of the covid pandemic.
Zaid Jilani breaks down how elite private universities are like the alcohol and tobacco industries, and why they should face taxes on their endowments.
Team Rising discusses news that the Department of Education has opened investigations into five states with bans on in-school mask mandates.
Krystal and Saagar debate whether masks should be banned in schools or not following a push by the DOE to prevent states from overruling local governments and banning masks
By GQ Pan Epoch Times Students at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University will be fined up to $2,275 and lose internet access if they fail to comply with the university’s COVID-19 vaccination policies. The private liberal arts college in New Haven County announced the new penalties on Aug. 16 in […]
David Dayen, executive director of The American Prospect, discusses the extension of the moratorium on federal student loan payments and debates whether or not the Biden administration will push to cancel student debt altogether.
Team Rising debates who should pay for college education.
By Shahzada Rahim Reviewing the book “Beyond the Boundaries: C.R.L James and Post-National Studies” by Christopher Gair The beginning of 1960s marked the rise of the American Studies as a subject in the academia. The whole discourse of the American Studies was established based upon the metanarrative of […]