• Parenting, not preschool, has the greatest effect on school readiness

    Here’s a trick question: what’s the biggest influence on a child’s readiness for school? Preschool education, replies a confident chorus of policy wonks. But maybe you got the answer right: it’s parenting. Research evidence has long established that reading with young children, taking them... Read more
  • Catholic schools are a pillar of Church in Sudan

    Khartoum, Sudan, Aug 1, 2017 / 06:01 am (CNA).- Dust and mud brick houses everywhere – as far as the eye can see. The houses are indistinguishable in color from the ground on which they stand. Trees are few and far between. The road leading northwards from the Sudanese capital of Khartoum... Read more
  • Congress Finds Consensus on Free Speech on Campus

    Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on challenges to freedom of speech on college campuses. The testimony of elected officials and witnesses ran to three hours. If you’ve got the time, interest, and patience, unabridged video is available, and... Read more
  • Predatory Journals Hit by “Star Wars” Sting

    A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper. The manuscript is an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes. I know because I wrote it. Inspired by previous publishing “stings”, I wanted to test whether ‘predatory‘ journals... Read more
  • Progressives Ban Dawkins From Speaking and Further Expose Their Hypocrisy

    [caption id="attachment_55254" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]  (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)[/caption] By cancelling a talk by famed scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins, leftwing progressives have engaged in an ugly double standard, further exposing their... Read more
  • The Idea of a Catholic University 50 Years After Land O’Lakes

    William Inge (1860-1954), Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and Dean of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, was frequently in the literary crosshairs of G.K. Chesterton for his anti-Catholic polemics and strident promotion of eugenics. Fortunately, Chesterton also rejected his advocacy of... Read more
  • Why It’s a Bad Idea to Tell Students Words Are Violence

    Of all the ideas percolating on college campuses these days, the most dangerous one might be that speech is sometimes violence. We’re not talking about verbal threats of violence, which are used to coerce and intimidate, and which are illegal and not protected by the First Amendment. We’re... Read more
  • Students sue school for hushing pro-life speech

    Two students have filed a lawsuit against their Pennsylvania school district for the right to operate a pro-life club according to their proposed mission statement. The lawsuit, filed July 11, came after the district refused to back down from requiring the club’s policies meet unprecedented... Read more
  • When your next college free speech controversy erupts, don’t blame liberals

    Recent controversies at American colleges and universities follow a predictable script whose final act culminates in cries of “liberal bias!” The saga begins when a coalition on campus concludes that a person’s ideas are wrong, demeaning to a certain group or lacking in scholarly rigor.... Read more
  • Does God Want You to Spend $300,000 for College?

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In the remarks he prepared for his parting address to the University of Notre Dame class of 2017, Rev. John I. Jenkins urged the graduating seniors to turn and applaud their families. Father Jenkins, the Notre Dame president, did not end up delivering those words, though.... Read more