• The liberation of Barack Obama

    Barack Hussein Obama can begin his second term liberated by the confidence that he is already a landmark figure in American history. His task is not to manufacture a legacy but to leave his successors a nation that is more tranquil because it finally resolved arguments that roiled it for decades.

  • America is not in decline or retreat

    The declinists are wrong because they underestimate the resilience of the American economy, the magnetism of our culture, the continuing appeal of the democratic idea and the difficulties our competitors, particularly China, confront.

  • How Fix the Debt is coping with its ‘fiscal cliff’ setback

    The “fiscal cliff” deal was a thumb in the eye of deficit hawks everywhere. But it may have particularly stung for the campaign that had convinced CEOs to pony up more than $43 million to achieve a grand bargain to reduce the deficit, most immediately by using the fiscal cliff deadline as a springboard for action.

  • Students are Fleeing Liberal Arts - How It Could Hurt the U.S.

    If there’s one thing liberal arts colleges offer, it’s critical thinking. That might be why this spring Occidental College is offering a course called Liberal Arts at the Brink? Navigating the Crisis in Higher Education. The course examines whether college liberal arts curricula like its own can survive in a time of high unemployment and rising student debt.

  • The Actual Value of a Diploma

    When we think about higher education, we often times first think about the rising costs of college and the student loan debt incurred thereafter. But the reality is that the actual value of a diploma far exceeds the amount we pay for it.

  • The Actual Value of a Diploma

    When we think about higher education, we often times first think about the rising costs of college and the student loan debt incurred thereafter. But the reality is that the actual value of a diploma far exceeds the amount we pay for it.

  • Gun sanity needs bipartisanship

    The first and most important victory for advocates of sensible gun laws would, on almost any other matter, seem trivial. But when it comes to firearms, it’s huge: Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, attention to the issue has not waned and pressure for action has not diminished.

  • Millennials Face Bleak Future Without College Degree

    Given the growing importance of higher education, experts say that millennials - individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 - who do not go to college will almost surely face many obstacles throughout their lives. As Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce put it, "It's remarkable how much trouble they're in," The Associated Press (AP) reports.

  • College Diversity Study Finds Segregation Persists in Higher Education

    Studying more than 40 years of data on black and white students at every four-year college in the U.S., Georgetown University professor Peter Hinrichs found that while desegregation led to significant changes on campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s, diversity has slowed in the four decades since.

  • The real deficit argument

    Should our politicians dedicate themselves to solving the problems we face now? Or should they spend their time constructing largely theoretical deficit solutions for years far in the future to satisfy certain ideological and aesthetic urges?