A repentant Baylor University administration signaled an intention to refocus on the school's Christian identity among other things Thursday when they announced the demotion of rock star president, Ken Starr, amid the fallout from an explosive rape scandal at the world's largest Baptist university.
"The role of training, education and engagement of the entire Baylor community is vital to the successful transformation of our campus culture. A renewed emphasis on our faith commitment will permeate the work we do in this area over the coming months and years," Baylor's Board of Regents said in a statement.
"Additional focus will be given to establishing expectations for student organizations and interest groups as well as greater community engagement within campus residence halls….The University will evaluate the climate on campus and undertake a more concerted effort to openly discuss prevention of and response to interpersonal violence," the board further noted. more >>
A few in the media and academia are finally recognizing that neither place is friendly to conservatives or evangelicals. That recognition is refreshing!
When liberal journalists come out and confess their bias, it's tempting to say, "The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem." But don't. This is good news.
Writing at the New York Times recently, columnist Nicholas Kristof took that hard first step. The title of his piece says it all: "A Confession of Liberal Intolerance." more >>
MIAMI BEACH — The culture of college campuses contributes to their sexual assault problems, argued University of Virginia sociologist James Davison Hunter.
"The crime of sexual assault is an extreme, violent, and criminal extension of the very logic that plays out in the university and in late modern culture," Hunter said at a March Faith Angle Forum.
Hunter, LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory, was on a panel with New York Times columnist David Brooks discussing Brooks' recently published, The Road to Character. more >>
Some time ago, in conversation with a Christian school administrator, I was told of his schools intention to adjust the numerical grade for each letter grade category. Essentially this would allow students to get higher letter grades while having lower numerical grades. Now you might think that this was to encourage students in their academic pursuits, but you would be wrong.
Actually the purpose of this adjustment was to better compete with other Christian and public schools in the area. Feeling the pressure of competing with other schools and attracting students, it was believed to be a passive marketing measure capable of success.
Keeping in touch with this person I thought that I would be able to evaluate this effort. Taking a look at the academic records of students you would notice that grades are already quite high, with a few exceptions, particularly in the classes of certain teachers who continue to require actual achievement and a degree of competency in a subject. more >>
The architect of the Affordable Care Act who controversially called American voters stupid found evidence that Hillary Clinton's proposed childcare policy could harm children.
Jonathan Gruber, a health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is credited with helping create the ACA, commonly called "Obamacare."
In a paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Gruber et al. studied increased childcare access in Quebec and found it to be detrimental to child development. more >>