Articles by: Ryan Hoffman

Why Colby needs an economics class for government majors

As a double-major in government and economics, I have often had the pleasure of being one of the few people in the room to whom the oft-repeated comment, “You’d have to ask the economists on the third floor,” or the flip-side, “You’d have to ask the Government Department about that one,” does not apply.  In economics classes, policy issues—minimum wage, […]

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Schooling the teachers: a plea for education reform

At present, education is a hot-button issue in American politics, and in American society in general.  President Obama has continually spoken about the centrality of a strong public education system to the future of the United States.  Education, the development of human capital, has been deemed a fundamental human right by the United Nations.  By developing each successive generation of […]

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Reflections on Christopher Caldwell: Xenophobic, Racist and Creedist

Christopher Caldwell’s book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West, argues that “When an insecure, malleable, relativistic culture meets a culture that is anchored, confident, and strengthened by common doctrines, it is generally the former that changes to suit the latter” (350).  Caldwell’s book suggests that present European culture can be understood as “the former,” and […]

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College panel debates pros and cons of TFA

Students from Harvard University recently asked their President Drew G. Faust to sever Harvard’s ties with Teach for America (TFA) unless TFA agreed to respond to the students’ demands for major changes. According to the Harvard Crimson article published on Sept. 28th, the students want TFA to send teachers only to areas that are experiencing a teacher shortage, to provide […]

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Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson: racist or realist?

As every informed observer of national sports issues has heard, Bruce Levenson, owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, has found himself at the center of a racial controversy just months after the Donald Sterling debacle that left the NBA reeling.  This new round of public outcry was catalyzed by the release of an internal email sent by Levenson to many […]

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