What's education for? The Founders knew better than we seem to

By |May 13th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) What a great honor it is to be here to address the graduating class of 2014! First, congratulations! Second, a special thank you to your outstanding president Bill Armstrong and to your board of trustees. Thank you for your leadership and for providing a remarkable institution of quality and integrity. […]

Universities and liberal education: Lamenting our loss

By |March 16th, 2014|

(Centennial Fellow) Martin Gilbert, in his biography of the greatest leader of the 20th century, Winston Churchill, tells of rumors seeping out to Germany of “the extent of the German slaughter of Jews on the eastern front, the murder by gas of Polish Jews in three special death camps […]

My students' U-turn on sharing the wealth

By |February 14th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) As part of my research into the intellectual proximity of Ayn Rand’s objectivism and social conservatism, I have spent stimulating time […]

Who caused Jeffco Schools blowup? You decide

By |February 13th, 2014|

(’76 Editor) Don’t buy the false narrative that three reformers on the five-member Jefferson County School Board set off the uproar last weekend […]

Boulder faculty flap displays incoherence of leftism

By |January 5th, 2014|

(Centennial Fellow) File this one under, let’s see… hoisted on one’s own petard… or when the chickens come home to roost… or wonderful in theory but not in practice.

We have seen many far left Progressives (excuse the redundancy) who have been forced to believe in dogma which cannot not work in practice. Suddenly, they find they cannot keep their own doctor […]

Educational choice: a changing global reality

By |December 17th, 2013|

Recent local elections and policy shifts in Colorado and across the nation are reflective of some worldwide trends in educational choice that are often unknown or ignored in the United States. […]

Voters saw through Amendment 66

By |November 25th, 2013|

The crushing defeat of Amendment 66 was a seismic event in Colorado politics that will also reverberate nationally. By virtue of its size, audacity, and above all its setting, Amendment 66 was a potential template for those committed to growing government and redistributing wealth. As noted by 66 opponent Kelly Maher of Coloradans for Real Education Reform Colorado, Amendment 66 could answer a question long-posed by liberal political strategists across the country: “How do you sell a massive tax increase?” […]

Notions to the contrary, school board elections remain political events

By |November 6th, 2013|

The vagaries of deadlines and publishing dates are such that columnists in newspapers such as this one are often at a disadvantage. As I write this, I have no way of knowing how various school board elections turned out. Be that as it may, it’s a topic that cries out for comment. […]

Amendment 66 fails basic arithmetic

By |October 27th, 2013|

Every day we see that TV ad claiming that Amendment 66, the proposed income-tax increase for schools, will cost an average Colorado family only $133. […]

Beware of Amendment 66

By |October 2nd, 2013|

Route 66 is a famous highway; Amendment 66 is a fiscal dead end, taking over a billion dollars yearly in new state taxes. Here are three strikes against #66 almost no one knows. […]