Category Archives: Education

Anti-capitalist millennials

Tom Switzer and Charles Jacobs have a somewhat depressing op-ed in The Australian this morning: According to a Centre for Independent Studies/YouGov poll, 58 per cent of Australian millennials — those born between 1980 and 1996 — have a favourable … Continue reading

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Background to the Amy Wax story

The following is in the April edition of The New Criterion which by strange coincidence I read this afternoon in the backlog of mail that accumulated while I was away. The material is paywalled and this is cut and pasted … Continue reading

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This story caught my eye in the WSJ: I recently resigned as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and an overseer of its law school to protest the shameful treatment of law professor Amy Wax. Her career-threatening offense was … Continue reading

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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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