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Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks, a contributor to Commentary’s blog, is professor of politics at Ursinus College

A dispute is emerging in conservative thinking about higher education. On one side are those who embrace “creative destruction.”  Nimble, cheap, online competitors will drive...

One is tempted to leave Ian Lustick’s Sunday op-ed, “Two-State Illusion,” alone. Its stench is so overwhelming that one might expect it to harm Lustick’s...

I know that punditocracy is not democracy, but can I vote for abandoning the slogan “too many people are going to college”? Let’s start with the...

In a remarkable opinion piece, Lewis Margolis, an associate professor of maternal and child health at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Gregory Margolis, a senior research assistant...

Increasingly frustrated at the high cost and uncertain returns of traditional higher education, the federal government and some states, like Wisconsin, are taking a hard...

Back in April, the Association for Asian American Studies voted unanimously on the last day of its national conference to back the boycott, divestment, and...

Two recent stories show how to go backward and how to go forward in Israel. The first is a comic gem out of the boycott,...

Monday’s New York Times editorial on the case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman is a sorry piece of work. The editorial board says that the...

In a recent Minding the Campus essay, Benjamin Ginsberg, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins, worries about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Ginsberg is...

I love stories like this one from the New York Times, about the ever more luxurious facilities certain college students enjoy. The story focuses on...

Don’t cry for humanities professors at Harvard. True, their share of concentrators (majors) is down from 21 percent in 2003 to 17 percent in 2012....

This April, the historian Donald Kagan gave a farewell lecture on liberal education, after 44 years of service at Yale. Kagan is the author of...