Category Archives: Education

Claudio Veliz on our universities

A piece from the IPA Review, Feb 1988, posted in John Roskam’s weekly newsletter. The 20 universities refers to the pre-Dawkins era. ‘The Closing of the Australian Mind?’ [Australia has] one of the least diversified higher education systems of any … Continue reading

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Why won’t anyone employ your graduates?

Dirk Moses has an interesting essay over at the ABC. This paragraph in particular jumped out at me: If anything undermines Western civilization at Australian universities it is the declining enrolments in the Bachelor of Arts. This is a global … Continue reading

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The ANU has form

There are several pieces in the Australian this morning having a go at the ANU.  I have thoughts on the matter that I’m hoping to share over the next few days or so, but in the meantime I just want … Continue reading

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Pesky things, facts

Two articles have caught my eye this weekend. The first by now ABC employee Laura Tingle talking about pre-election budgets: In 2010, newly installed prime minister Julia Gillard was desperately trying to show her responsible fiscal credentials amid the controversy … Continue reading

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Hamilton on free speech

Clive Hamilton has been in the US talking down Australian universities. Prominent Australian academic Clive Hamilton has told a powerful US congressional committee in Washington that Australian universities are so financially beholden to China that they have abandoned their principles … Continue reading

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Ideas at the Centre for Independent Studies

Three papers. Labor MP Andrew Leigh’s study on data around effective company tax rates and employment shows incomplete analysis that mistakes correlation for causation. Jennifer Buckingham on the flight from mathematics. Jeremy Sammut on the need for universities to have … Continue reading

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Arthur Lovejoy on communists and academic freedom

Arthur Lovejoy (1873-1962) was a great historian of ideas and an important philosopher in the US ranking second to John Dewey between the wars. In 1913 Lovejoy raised a protest at the dismissal of an economist from Stanford because the … Continue reading

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Karl Popper on education

A collection of comments and criticism from the pen of Chairman Karl, the Great Helmsman of critical rationalism. “The mental power”, T. H. Huxley wrote in A Liberal Education, “which will be of most importance in your…life will be the … Continue reading

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Don Aitkin on the corruption of the universities

Don Aitkin is a national treasure and I hope everyone looks at his site and signs on to get a heads up on his columns. Today he posted on the way the universities have become slaves to research grants and … Continue reading

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Does one learn by doing or by thinking?

Not exactly the right question since everyone supports government solutions to some things, but the question is still a genuine one: Why Do Intellectuals Support Government Solutions?. I found the link at Instapundit where, not for the first time, the … Continue reading

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