Intolerable inequality — Meritocracy cannot counter inequality 05.01.2017

Every Supreme Court justice went to Harvard or Yale. One in 10 CEO’s of major companies are named John or David. Eighty percent of job offers come from personal relationships. In recent years, the left has focused on deconstructing meritocracy by arguing that privilege elevates rich people, white people and people named John or David to undeserved positions of power. They have […]

Legalize LSD — Drug policy should draw from science instead of culture 02.13.2017

During my internship at a law office last summer, a forensic drug analyst told me “molly” was a culture and not a drug. His lab tested the latest batch of pills retrieved from a concert, club or party and found all sorts of amphetamines masquerading as “molly,” from MDMA to meth. “Molly” is an extreme case of a drug growing an identity […]

More than gumballs — Immigration cannot be condensed to a pithy analogy 02.06.2017

There is a popular video floating around Facebook called “Immigration Simplified Using Only Gumballs.” Each gumball represents one million people, and a man shows thousands of gumballs living on less than two dollars a day in jars labeled “China,” “India” and “Africa,” among others. He explains that the one gumball of legal migrants the United […]

More than gumballs — Immigration cannot be condensed to a pithy analogy 02.03.2017

There is a popular video floating around Facebook called “Immigration Simplified Using Only Gumballs.” Each gumball represents one million people, and a man shows thousands of gumballs living on less than two dollars a day in jars labeled “China,” “India” and “Africa,” among others. He explains that the one gumball of legal migrants the United […]

Hogging the attention economy — Social media companies need to be better 01.20.2017

Social media platforms host some of the most creative modes of youthful expression. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Snapchat cofounder Evan Spiegler explained that young people take photographs not to preserve images but to communicate. Photography’s turn from the archival to the ephemeral highlights social media users’ willingness to convey messages in […]

Schools shouldn”t be afraid to use more Christian imagery 04.11.2016

The auditorium in the Administration Building is surrounded by stained glass. When the sun streams through, books and papers and pens glow green, red and blue. It looks old and important. Some of that comes from brick and ivy, but there”s also an element of Christian imagery. The stained glass windows in the Administration Building, […]

Trying to learn a second language is a waste of time 03.31.2016

There is every reason in the world to be bilingual. Those who learn a second language become less likely to get Alzheimer”s, are better at multitasking, more employable, smarter, more interesting people. The problem is that most students don”t actually learn a second language. They take several years of Spanish and learn how to ask […]

Rethinking reluctance – Staben talks enrollment, diversity to state legislature 02.01.2016

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben addressed the Idaho State Legislature”s Joint Financial-Appropriations Committee Wednesday, outlining the university and the state”s efforts to raise college enrollment. In his speech, Staben praised the Idaho State Board of Education”s new Direct Admissions program, which notifies high school seniors with requisite SAT score and GPA they have been […]