The Battle for the Mind
Obama should study the history of Reaganomics
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Last Tuesday, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College hosted its eighth Ronald Reagan Lecture, a much-anticipated annual event. This year featured Art Laffer and Roger Robinson. … More>
The war against work and wealth
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com
The Congressional Budget Office’s recent analysis of the Affordable Care Act concludes that it will result in the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers leaving the work force to preserve their taxpayer-financed … More>
Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part One) – “Abortion and free speech: The granny who will not be silenced”
Editor’s note: In this four-part series, Dr. John Sparks, a constitutional law professor at Grove City College, reviews and analyzes key upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases that will have an impact on American life and liberty.
A grandmother’s strong stand … More>
The politics of envy
I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was “Yea, they’re getting rich off you.” He was quite confused when I replied … More>
Climate change deliberation: Taking Occam’s razor to proxy data
It is quite often the case that the simplest explanation is the correct explanation. The namesake for this principle comes from the English philosopher and theologian, Franciscan friar William of Ockham. It is called Occam’s razor. From various sources, Occam’s … More>
Better marriage through marketing not coercion
Everyone is happy when they are engaged, even those who will eventually divorce. The feelings people have going into marriage do not predict the future of the relationship. Therefore I recommend that everyone get good premarital education. Here at Grove … More>
The Great Recession’s soup lines
You know your kids are growing up when they ask a question like the one my daughter asked a few days ago, “Hey, dad, do you think we’ll experience a depression in your lifetime or mine?” As much as I’d … More>
AUDIO – Dr. James Thrasher on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with host Terry Lowry
In case you missed it, Dr. James Thrasher, director of Grove City College’s career services office and the coordinator of the Center for Vision & Values working group on calling, was a guest on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with … More>
STREAMING VIDEO – Am I subsidizing my roommate’s tuition?
Most students and parents aren’t aware that many students are paying for their classmates’ tuition. The Wall Street Journal exposed this exploding practice that’s hitting some students hard in a January 9, 2014 article titled “More Students Subsidize Classmates’ Tuition.” … More>
From playground to profession: Choosing a career path at age 10?
A recent Wall Street Journal article by Peter Cappelli, “Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire,” caught my eye. Cappelli writes, “Students are told to learn the subjects that will best land them a job when they graduate. But … More>
The Senate would be more efficient without the filibuster, and that’s the problem
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.
What would the Senate be like without the filibuster? It would be a more efficient body, but efficiency has never been a hallmark of democracy.
Reflecting on Senate Rule 22, the so-called … More>
Burglarizing JPMorgan Chase and slapping down Prudential: The new, tyrannical normal
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.
If there is one truth that became apparent during the financial panic five years ago, it is that Big Government and Big Finance are inseparable. Of course Uncle Sam was going to … More>
Understanding the “Wall of Separation” between traditional Republicans and the new conservatives
It’s evident in recent elections and day-to-day political clashes in Washington that there is a substantial divide between traditional Republicans and what we may term “new conservatives.” Oh yes, it’s true that there are shades of differences on each side … More>
Making sense of the defund/shutdown strategy
From the moment I clicked on C-SPAN to watch Senator Ted Cruz’s quasi-filibuster, I’ve been trying to make sense of the defund Obamacare/government shutdown effort. It didn’t take a rocket scientist, or a political scientist, to know it wouldn’t work. … More>
“Average Is Over”-rated: Comments on Tyler Cowen’s doom-and-gloom scenario
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.
Years ago, I thought that if I ever attempted to write a novel, I would describe a future dystopia in which the ruling elite were those who made and understood computers and … More>
Teenage sex: A family affair?
According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) think that adults should inform them … More>
Privatizing the National Park Service
Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.
The behavior of the National Park Service during the government shutdown has been truly shocking. As has been widely reported, Park Service employees have been told to make life … More>
AUDIO – V&V Executive Director on GraceFM with host Jerry Newcombe
On October 10, the Executive Director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Dr. Paul Kengor, discussed the government shutdown, national parks, religious freedom and Obamacare on “The Jerry Newcombe Show” with Dr. Jerry Newcombe.
Newcombe serves as the … More>
Living our lives “under God”
The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the Massachusetts Supreme Court that the inclusion of these words is a … More>
Parental knowledge: Where are my blind spots?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on evidence that kids who consistently learn about the risks of drugs … More>
We need to stop eating the marshmallows
In a classic psychological study, hungry four-year-olds were offered a marshmallow. They were told that if they could wait about 20 minutes before eating, they could have two marshmallows instead of one.
Only about one-third of the children successfully delayed … More>
Worried about privacy? How about Common Core?
There’s an intense debate right now over “Common Core,” an effort to implement a set of education standards in public schools nationwide. The Common Core State Standards thus far have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.… More>
If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it’s hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it. If one parent is missing, too bad. What … More>
Competition is Rapidly Changing College
Is the traditional college doomed? More and more people think so. Massively open online courses (MOOCs) are threatening to shake up higher education by bringing primarily non-credit courses from college professors to the world at no cost. The California state … More>
Get Government Out of the Student-Debt Business
As millions of students and their parents are preparing for life after commencement, they’re also preparing to deal with massive student loans. Increasingly, people are concerned about the student debt situation brewing on college campuses. The present state of student … More>
The Dividends of $elf-Control
As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.
Experience, an excellent teacher, has taught me many critical lessons. I learned … More>
STREAMING VIDEO — Job Advice for College Students in Tough Times!
Fifty percent of college students today are either unemployed or underemployed. Dr. Jim Thrasher, the director of Grove City College’s top-ranked career services office and coordinator of The Center for Vision & Values working group on calling, gives some … More>
Communism on Parade? High School Marches to Marx and Lenin
Editor’s note: A version of this piece first appeared at FoxNews.com.
Growth, Not Gifts! A Solution to Student Loans
President Obama has been arguing for a number of plans to reduce the burden of student loans such as artificially low interest rates and allowing for some loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. Many young adults are struggling with student … More>
V&V Q&A With Sheila Carlberg: “America Is My Home”
Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews Grove City College graduate Sheila … More>
Upheavals in American Education: The Start of Something Big?
Reform in America’s public schools occurs with seemingly glacial slowness. In the private sector, businesses (including schools) that provide a lousy product quickly lose customers. They either correct their deficiencies or they eventually close. Similarly, if the problem is poor … More>
Debt Control or Bondage?
The student-loan checks for the fall semester have now been cashed. Round one of the Federal debt-limit debate is over, but round two may soon begin. Should we be experiencing feelings of control or bondage?
It is proverbial that acquiring … More>
A Child’s Imagination is a Terrible Thing to Waste
A book review of Anthony Esolen’s “Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child,” written exclusively for The University Bookman.
The Bedroom in the Classroom: Clio is Not Amused
Though my mastery of Greek mythology is not strong enough to know off-hand the muse of history’s sexual orientation, I do know that Clio might try to persuade her father to hurl thunderbolts from Mt. Olympus into Sacramento as punishment … More>
The Year of School Choice—But Not for African-American Kids in NYC
In a recent editorial, The Wall Street Journal calls 2011 the “year of school choice.” Parents and the legislators who represent them, particularly in inner-city schools, are tired of waiting for the promised effects of “educational reform” on the public … More>
Overpriced Higher Education
Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.
Richard the Hybrid Student
Written by the administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values for WORLD Magazine.
V&V Q&A with Herb Meyer: How to Analyze Information
Editor’s note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition,professor of political science and executive director of the Center—Dr. Paul Kengor—interviews Herb Meyer, who from 1981-87 … More>
A Tale of Two Union Disputes: The NFL vs. Wisconsin Teachers
There are two high-profile labor disputes in the news these days. One involves Wisconsin’s public-school teachers; the other, the National Football League’s players. I mentioned this to a friend, who responded that the NFL dispute was more troublesome. The very … More>
Education’s Berlin Wall
V&V FLASHBACK—The Professor, the Prankster, and the President
Editor’s note: As we near the centennial celebration of President Ronald Reagan’s birth—and as The Center for Vision & Values prepares for tonight’s Fifth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture by Dr. Bill Bennett (click here to view the live webcast… More>
Back to School, Back to the Books: The Value Behind Textbooks
The high price of college textbooks is getting a lot of press. Legislators are considering bills to bring down costs, such as requiring professors to use the least expensive “educationally sound” option. As I have read articles about the burden … More>
Separation of School and State
The conservative Texas State Board of Education adopted sweeping changes to its social studies textbook curricula on Friday. Among the most controversial changes is the way “separation of church and state” will be presented to students. I wonder what the … More>
Elizabeth Dole, North Way Pastor to Send Off College’s Largest Graduating Class
GROVE CITY, Pa. – Grove City College will send off its largest graduating class in school history with a Commencement ceremony headlined by former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Dr. Jay Passavant, senior pastor of North Way Christian Community in Wexford, … More>
The NEA and Healthcare Reform
Our nation’s teachers were unwittingly in the thick of last week’s dramatic healthcare summit hosted by President Obama. Whether they liked it or not, their union dues supported a public relations campaign in favor of big government healthcare.
Politically savvy … More>
Christopher Klicka: Warrior for Educational and Religious Freedom
A young dark-haired student, Chris Klicka, sat in my U.S. Constitutional History class at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania around 1980. He was an excellent student with a particularly keen interest in questions about religious liberty and how … More>
Why Don’t Students Like School?
The beginning of June brings the onset of summer vacation for children across the United States. The excitement bubbling in their young hearts is easy to understand yet also offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on why students tend to … More>
Tom Dillon vs. the Relativists
Last week, as we at Grove City College held a conference on “Faith, Freedom, and Higher Education,” in which we underscored the struggle against rampant secular relativism in our universities, American higher education lost a true apostle of faith and … More>
Why Not Manage Universities, Mr. President?
Editor’s Note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.
I hear it repeatedly, even from pro-business conservatives:
Hey, I have no sympathy for AIG and the automakers and banks. When you take government money, you can … More>
V&V PAPER — E.D. Hirsch Jr.: The Twentieth Century’s Liberal Conservative Educator
Editor’s note: “E.D. Hirsch Jr.: The Twentieth Century’s Liberal Conservative Educator” (6,389 words), by Dr. Jason R. Edwards, research fellow with The Center for Vision & Values and an associate professor of education and history at Grove City College.
Media … More>
More Bailouts, More Fed
In the last week, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve each announced a major policy initiative for the stated purpose of reversing our economic woes. Don’t hold your breath.
The Treasury’s gambit is a proposed public-private partnership to remove … More>
Viva La Revolucion
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.
Last week, before an audience of millions of Americans, the new president made a telling statement. Alluding to the American founders, President Barack Obama, in his … More>
V&V Q&A: America’s Economic Illiteracy Epidemic
Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. … More>
Educational Choice for the Obamas—What About Others?
Where will the Obama kids attend school in Washington? That question has been answered as it should be: by the new president and first lady.
There is no argument about that. Sasha and Malia will attend Sidwell Friends School—private, religious, … More>
Whatever Happened to the “Education President?”
The last three presidents clamored for the title but in 2008, the economy, terrorism, and “Saturday Night Live” skits have pushed education out of the media’s election circus.
However, since Jimmy Carter’s election in 1976, American schooling has proven to … More>
The Search for “Higher” Education
Like swallows returning to Capistrano, spring always marks the flocking of parents with their high-school senior children to my college classroom. Nobly, parents take their charges on multiple tours of colleges and universities in order to make an informed choice … More>
More or Less?
Thank you, Rahm Emanuel! Mr. Emanuel, a Democratic congressman from Illinois and former senior policy adviser to President Clinton, recently published several election-year policy proposals on the opinion page of The Wall Street Journal.
The timing of Emanuel’s article … More>
V&V Q&A: On the Church and State and Public Education (with Dr. Jason Edwards)
Editor’s Note: The “V&V Q&A” is an e-publication from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker that we hope will prove illuminating to readers everywhere. … More>
The Sky is Falling: Blame the Christians
Sometimes my teenage daughter reacts to my wise sayings with her own form of wisdom. She says, “You know, sometimes, you just say words.”Although I am not completely sure my translation is correct, I think she means that she didn’t … More>
The Best Farm Policy is the Free Market
As Congress haggles over the farm bill, it is time again to consider updating the legislation. The Agriculture Adjustment Act, passed “to relieve the … national economic emergency” of the Great Depression has been the basis for most major agricultural … More>
The Challenge for the Liberal Arts
In a recent column, I warned that private liberal arts colleges must adapt if they wish to survive and thrive in today’s economy. In making the point that they need to repackage the liberal arts curriculum to improve the employability … More>
Educators: Is it Time for a New Question?
Proficient … basic … state assessment tests … standards. The educational world as well as the world outside the classroom resounds with this terminology, all in the name of “accountability.” Even students throw around these terms with ease, well-aware of … More>
Late last week I was disappointed as I read the headline-making “Educating School Teachers” report released by the Education Schools Projects, which seeks to assess the efficacy of the nation’s 1,200 schools of education. This report, by Arthur Levine, president … More>
June’s arrival marks the end of another school year and the resultant joy of students. As a teacher, I want to suggest an appropriate way to celebrate: a bonfire. Not just any bonfire though, but one that uses as its … More>
Gas or Education?
Gas prices, as everyone knows, are on the rise. The jump has affected just about everyone, certainly anyone with a car. Yet, the rise has also had an impact on the most unexpected areas, such as, of all things, private … More>
Sexually Transmitted Depression – The New STD?
Nearly every discussion about sexual education focuses on preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. However, recent research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that, especially for girls, the discussion needs to include a third negative possibility: depression.… More>
Response to the Dover, PA Trial Concerning Intelligent Design
The Dover Area School District in York County, Pennsylvania is seeking to require that science students be told that Darwin’s theory of evolution is (as it says) a theory and “not a fact,” and that intelligent design is “an explanation … More>
Are There Any Good Colleges Left?
Dear Vision & Values Concise Readers,
Here’s an article by Jennifer Biddison at Townhall.com, the leading source for conservative news and commentary, that gets the story straight about Grove City College. If you know high school students or parents who … More>
Fewer Teachers; More Coaches
America needs fewer teachers and more coaches.
After twenty-three years of schooling, I have seen my fair share of teachers and perhaps the best was my dissertation advisor Dr. John R. Thelin. As would be expected, Dr. Thelin brought to … More>
A Thankful Michael Newdow
Upon learning that a federal judge issued an order against the Elk Grove (CA) United School District to forbid even the voluntary recitation of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, lawsuit instigator Michael Newdow said this: “A federal judge … More>
Choosing Sides: The PTA Chooses PFLAG
For years, the National Education Association has taken teachers’ dues money and pursued left of center social advocacy objectives. And now, another acronym in the American educational establishment, the National Parent Teacher Association has joined the NEA in choosing sides … More>
The Return of the Parents
Students are approaching the final days of this educational year but increasingly parents are heading back to school. While many students will soon be thinking of summer jobs, administrators, teachers and parents will not be getting a break. Controversies involving … More>
One Side Fits All? Not in Montgomery County, Maryland
In a ruling that may create ripples throughout the nation’s public schools, Federal District Court Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. decided on May 5 to issue a temporary restraining order directing the Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools to halt planned field … More>
Well, soon schools will be taking another well deserved break from academics and plunge headlong into political advocacy. Yes, Virginia there is a Day of Silence and it is coming to a school near you.
The DOS is an advocacy … More>
Education Means Emancipation: Poverty and Schooling, the Hope and Reality
CVV Inaugural Conference
The Road From Poverty to Freedom: A Look Backward and Forward at the War on Poverty
(Sticht Lecture Hall in the Hall of Arts and Letters)
“Education Means Emancipation: Poverty and Schooling, the Hope and Reality”
By … More>
The Berlin Wall of the College Classroom
“We’re going to lead the world to fight for freedom.” — George W. Bush, exchange with reporters, September 19, 2001
“I truly believe that out of this [September 11] will come more order in the world—real progress to peace in … More>
VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Blue School Board Fails Lesson
Montgomery County, Maryland is a blue county. Next door to Washington, D.C., the county went 66 percent to 33 percent for Senator Kerry in the recent election. So when the Montgomery County School Board rubber stamped a set of committee … More>
VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Hopeful Solutions to Teenage Pregnancy
One of the most contentious debates in education — sex education, contraceptives vs. abstinence — has become more important. At least four studies have found that there is a meaningful number of adolescent women who desire to become pregnant in … More>
VISION & VALUES CONCISE: The Tale of Two Reports: Are Schools Safe or Not?
Election years are the times that try economists’ souls. Practically everyone with his hat in the ring will promise us this and promise us that and promise us everything under the sun, more often than not implying that, by the … More>
The NEA and the Educator Sexual Misconduct Report
Just in time for the beginning of the annual convention of the National Education Association, the U.S. Department of Education released on June 30 a report suggesting that 4.5 million students may be victims of educator sexual misconduct during their … More>
Too Many Hummingbirds, Too Few Eagles
One day religious scribes were questioning Jesus and one of them asked Him which is the greatest of all the commandments. The man who Christians believe is the Messiah responded to his inquisitor:
“The first of all the commandments is,… More>
Not an Editorial — A Survey on Gay Marriage Public School Curriculum
Curriculum has been developed by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Educators Network (GLSEN) to teach high school students about same sex marriage. I would like to know your opinions about public schools and teaching concerning same sex marriage. The GLSEN … More>
The Morality of Math
Math tutoring for elementary school students is at the center of Pennsylvania’s continuing budget fights. The governor wants to raise taxes for new school programs, including math tutoring. The Republicans, particularly those in the Senate, are not interested in raising … More>
Touching the Future with Peter the Great and the All Drunken Sobar of Fools and Jesters
As I pulled into the campus parking lot last Wednesday morning it struck me that ambushes in Baghdad resemble those that plagued our troops in the jungles of Vietnam a generation ago. While I walked from the car to my … More>
National Education Association Fails Tolerance Test
Class, let’s match wits with the NEA. Answer the following multiple-choice question:
Tolerance can best be defined as:
a. the acceptance of the differing views of other people and fairness toward the people who hold different views
b. active suppression … More>
VISION & VALUES: Maintaining Liberty: A 21st Century Challenge
EDITOR’S NOTE: On January 25, 2003, Dr. Walter Williams delivered these remarks at Grove City College in the Sticht Lecture Hall at the dedication of the new Hall of Arts and Letters, a $21 million, 40-classroom building, which also houses … More>
VISION & VALUES: The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship
Editor’s Note: The following lecture was presented at Grove City College on September 6, 2001 as part of the 125th Anniversary Speaker Series.
People who think Christian scholarship is outrageous may be divided, broadly speaking, into two camps. First … More>
VISION & VALUES: Higher Education and the Burger King Society
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. John H. Moore, president of Grove City College, delivered the following speech to The Discussion Club in St. Louis, Missouri, in March 2000.
At a recent national meeting of college presidents, the keynoter, Sally Helgesen, spoke … More>
VISION & VALUES: Racial Preferences in Higher Education: What We Know
I opened my Grove City College Bulletin and the first thing I saw was a notice of a non-discriminatory policy. “Grove City College is a private educational institution. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, … More>