The Politically Correct University
Problems, Scope, and Reforms

"Political correctness is one of the primary enemies of freedom of thought in higher education today, undermining our ability to acquire, transmit, and process knowledge. Political correctness limits the variation of ideas by an ideologically driven concern for hue rather than view. This volume is not simply another rant; there are good data here, along with well-crafted, hard-to-ignore logical interpretations and arguments. It is the sort of work that those who adhere to idea-limiting notions of the university will try to trivialize. That alone should make it important reading."

--Michael Schwartz, president emeritus, Kent State University and Cleveland State University

"Half a century ago, universities were the institutions characterized by vibrant free inquiry and free speech. Today something close to the opposite is the case. The Politically Correct University shows how the universities' quest for 'diversity' has produced in too many departments a stifling uniformity of thought. Required reading for those who want American universities to eschew political correctness."

--Michael Barone, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute


Robert Maranto is the 21st Century Chair in Leadership in the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas.

Richard E. Redding is an associate dean and professor of law at Chapman University School of Law.

Frederick M. Hess is resident scholar and director of education policy studies at AEI.

Contributors: John Agresto, Stephen H. Balch, Hank Brown, Paul A. Cantor, James W. Ceaser, John B. Cooney, Victor Davis Hanson, Frederick M. Hess, April Kelly-Woessner, Daniel B. Klein, S. Robert Lichter, Robert Maranto, John McWhorter, Anne D. Neal, William O'Donohue, James Piereson, Michael B. Poliakoff, Richard E. Redding, Stanley Rothman, Charlotta Stern, Matther Woessner, Peter Wood

 

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Frederick M.
Hess
  • An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include "Cage-Busting Leadership," "Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age," "The Same Thing Over and Over," "Education Unbound," "Common Sense School Reform," "Revolution at the Margins," and "Spinning Wheels." He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." Hess's work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind.  Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.


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