Smith College Protests: Beneath Outrage, Statistical Confusion

Two leaked letters between staff and administrators at the Smith College School for Social Work have led to mass student protests of perceived institutional racism. Professors alleged that admissions staff were doing a disservice–particularly to minority students–by admitting unprepared students … Continue reading Smith College Protests: Beneath Outrage, Statistical Confusion

“Free” College Would be a Terrible Idea

The free college crusade represents a perfect collision of ignorance and entitlement. The movement is popular with self-interested students seeking debt forgiveness or a free ride and contributes heavily to the appeal of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy among them. While he is the most extreme in his rhetoric and supposed intentions, the venerable senator is only one among many high-profile Democrats to opine that higher education should be at least partially subsidized by federal money (or more accurately that federal subsidies should be expanded, since they already exist). Their argument is predicated on the idea that there is a moral or economic … Continue reading “Free” College Would be a Terrible Idea