Category Archives: Education

Corporate funding and academic freedom

Clemson University professor C. Bradley Thompson has a good article answering the question “Do Corporate Donors Threaten Academic Freedom?” It prompts me to post here my remarks from 2008, then published as “The Ethics of Outside Funding” [pdf]. The text … Continue reading

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Jerry Kirkpatrick on Montessori and Dewey — transcript of interview

Interview conducted at Rockford University by Stephen Hicks and sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. Hicks: I’m Stephen Hicks. My guest this evening is Professor Jerry Kirkpatrick from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. He is the author … Continue reading

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Is Education Really Too Expensive? [new The Good Life column]

The opening of my latest column at EveryJoe: “Many people complain about how education has become so expensive. Mostly, they are wrong. “Schooling has become more expensive, but consider the cost of the following awesome education resources: Khan Academy for … Continue reading

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“What Is Real Education?” — short video from Buenos Aires

I gave a talk in June at a conference sponsored by Fundación para la Responsabilidad Intelectual (FRI), Junior Achievement Argentina, and the John Templeton Foundation. When I was in Buenos Aires, FRI also did three short videos of me addressing questions. Here is … Continue reading

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Spinoza as cautionary tale about asking the wrong questions

An example of using social fear to intimidate students who might ask the “wrong questions.” From a review of Rebecca Goldstein’s Betraying Spinoza: Goldstein tells of “the particularly Jewish way in which Spinoza entered her life. It initially happened, she … Continue reading

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Adjuncts and academic quality in higher education

Data on faculty composition in higher education: 1969: 21.7% non-tenure track and 78.3% tenure-track positions. 2009: 66.5% ineligible for tenure and 33.5% tenure-track positions.[1] Three questions about quality in higher education, in light of the data. 1. Do adjuncts or … Continue reading

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Kant on imagination in education

Professor Kant first delivered a series of lectures on education in 1776/77. His views were influenced by and are often congruent with those of Johann Georg Sulzer, the leading (and very scary) education theorist of the time in the German … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman on loving learning

Beginning My Studies Beginning my studies the first step pleas’d me so much, The mere fact consciousness, these forms, the power of motion, The least insect or animal, the senses, eyesight, love, The first step I say awed me and … Continue reading

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