Something very on brand about a conservative policy center writing about the dangers of discussions of systemic racism in schools and universities, using a prop photo of MLK, while the actual organization is, uh, less than diverse.…
Not a critical race theorist, but if I was, I would write a paper about the use of MLK's image and selective use of his quotes. Symbolic representation is not a substitute for action, but its especially hypocritical from those opposing MLK's goals.…
Per this report, alerting students to the well-established fact that Blacks and Latinos systematically face greater discrimination in labor markets is CRT, and must be suppressed. Never mind whether its true or not.…
The evidence of CRT in universities includes the fact that some have invested in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. In K-12 its even murkier, but the fact that there are "innocuous-sounding ideas" is itself evidence of their inherently radical nature.
The net goal of the anti-CRT moral panic is to assert greater political control of education, enforce a certain type of ideology, and remove the professional autonomy of teachers and faculty.…
Wait, I was led to believe that MLK only gave one speech. OK, I didn't listen to all of it, but pretty sure it supports my pre-existing views.

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13 Oct
Tenure is the bedrock of academic freedom, the basic structural protection that makes speech freer on campus than almost anywhere else. The people more focused on a single cancelled talk than the plan to erode tenure protections in GA are telling on themselves.
As @TheFIREorg notes here, the structure of post-tenure review in Georgia invites the potential for political control of process… Image
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10 Oct
Pet rat, eating strudel, the day after he managed to climb into the air vents and it took us a couple of hours to extricate him.
Said rat is very old, and one leg doesn’t work, so we sometimes let him putter about in the kitchen. After having some friends over for dinner and cocktails we have him some leftovers. Then he was gone. No panic, how far could he go?
Looked in the usual places, no dice. But we discover there is an air vent under the island in our kitchen. Sure enough, we hear the sound of little paws scraping.
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10 Oct
I do research on public sector performance. Here I explain why the anti-CRT movement will undermine the effectiveness of public schools…
We are going to see more stories of school officials wondering if their job is worth the harassment that comes with it…
While I wrote about schools, the same pattern holds in election administration and public health: officials being forced to respond to conspiracy theorists and pushed out of jobs.
If you care about the quality of public services, this is a big problem.…
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9 Oct
The expanded child tax credit is working to reduce poverty and is popular. Work requirements would make it less effective. There is not much debate about that, but its amazing how Manchin and a handful of right-leaning think thanks have contrived to make it a debate.
See this thread by @HilaryHoynes on why a new paper fueling this debate is very much an outlier making assumptions most researchers think are unrealistic.
See this thread by @besttrousers about why the Meyer paper, even if you take the findings as reasonable, doesn't offer quite the clear evidence to push for means-testing its proponents say it does
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9 Oct
The job of school officials have become increasingly impossible in the last year, as culture warriors have made education a new focus of their efforts.

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Research on public organizations shows that it becomes harder to successfully perform tasks when stakeholders disagree over goals, and when the public loses confidence in the profession of public officials. These trends are worsening for schools.…
Here are examples of some of the ways that demands on school officials are making it impossible for them to do their job.…
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8 Oct
So I did a tweet that some people liked, and some people didn't and I ended up being featured on Fox and the College Fix.

And then I got a bunch of angry, profane and harassing emails. Which is part of the point of this media ecosystem.…
As I wrote here, the central purpose of the "campus craziness" ecosystem is to discredit faith in higher education. Donors like the Kochs or DeVos that fund outlets like College Fix and Campus Reform view higher ed as at odds with their interests.…
There is a predictable pattern where coverage by the "campus craziness" media ecosystem generates harassment. But faculty of color face a more intense version of this, and untenured faculty are more vulnerable to losing their job.…
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