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The ‘value’ of a college education

June 9, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

A lot of bunk is polluting public discussion these days about the “value” of a college education. Hunter Rawlings, the president of the Association of American Universities and former president of Cornell and Iowa, cuts through this bunk with a short, succinct statement about college: It’s not a commodity, and we should stop treating it as • Read More »

Students and the First Amendment

May 18, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: First Amendment, law.

A flurry of news reports – a good bit of hand-wringing – have appeared in the last couple of days about a new survey that shows that many high school students do not have much knowledge or regard for the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. A third of the students said the First Amendment goes “too far” in granting rights to Americans. Hodding Carter, the head of the Knight Foundation that sponsored the study, called the results “not only disturbing; they are dangerous. Ignorance about the basics of this free society is a danger to our nation’s future.”