Schools roundup

  • Chilling one side of a debate? American Federation of Teachers arm-twists board members to quit groups critical of union contracts (including the Manhattan Institute, with which I used to be affiliated) [New York Post, Bloomberg, Ira Stoll]
  • “Third Circuit Finds Schools Aren’t Liable for Bullies” [Fed Soc Blog]
  • Case dismissed in Marshall University student’s suit over exceedingly undignified bottle-rocket stunt [West Virginia Record]
  • Free pass for harming students? Realistic policy call? Both? Courts frown on “educational malpractice” claims vs. schools, teachers [Illinois State Bar Association; Beck]
  • Brookings has very poor reviews for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan [Matthew Chingos and Beth Akers; Megan McArdle]
  • 1,200 sign Harvard petition assailing academic freedom in Jason Richwine case [Boston Globe]
  • College selection of commencement speakers: political spectrum’s so skewed that even moderate GOPer Bob Zoellick’s a no-go [Bainbridge]
  • The Common Good online forum on risk and legal fear in schools, in which I’m a participant, continues for another day or two.


  • @Case dismissed in Marshall University student’s suit over exceedingly undignified bottle-rocket stunt.

    This title is misleading, since the suit was not dismissed on the merits, but rather due to a failure to file a timely notice of claim. And the suit was not about an “exceedingly undignified bottle-rocket stunt.” The underlying suit has merit (lack of railings on a balcony), notwithstanding the affirmative defense of stupidity (comparative negligence) of the plaintiff’s “exceedingly undignified bottle-rocket stunt” in contributing to the cause of the fall.

  • The Harvard article is…just…wow!

    I didn’t read the thesis (1600 pages) but it does NOT appear that he is saying Hispanics in general are *stupid*, just that their upbringing from their entire cultural influence, society and all is going to be time-consuming and expensive to reverse, costs us in the long run and there is something being passed down from that influence.

    Let’s only bring in the smart ones? Who cares as long as they don’t have access to any support that is paid by actual citizens, right? Not likely since that will absolutely never happen as a moral issue and is a political dead-end.

    It’s so nice to see the intellectual students at Harvard engaging in debate over such an important topic…

  • […] educational institutions should you "go into serious debt [but] learn nothing of value”; more on the absence of “educational malpractice” relief; earlier here, etc.] […]