Academic institutions should be places where people are free to think and reason about important questions and issues that affect our society and our way of life—something not possible in today’s atmosphere of enforced orthodoxy.
The problem with identity politics is that it reduces us. We are no longer human beings with individual hopes and dreams. We are commodities. We are groups to be labeled and courted and pandered to. We have no shared values as Americans, because we are a series of interest groups.
These small lessons become the unplanned syllabus for learning citizenship, and your efforts to live them will help to form the fabric of a civil society and a free and prosperous nation where inherent equality and liberty are inviolable.
The chief purpose of a high school education in American history is as a rite of civic membership, an act of inculcation and formation.
The following is adapted from a speech delivered by Michael Ward on May 9, 2015, at Hillsdale College’s 163rd Commencement ceremony.
Think of the definition of “reality”; then think of making one’s own reality. Do you see that it destroys the meaning of the word to use it that way?
The political freedom that makes a liberal arts education possible requires an ongoing and active defense of liberty.
Not to know what happened before you were born, that is to be always a boy, to be forever a child.
Federal student financial assistance programs are costly, inefficient, byzantine, and fail to serve their desired objectives.
Education is something that individuals acting alone and cooperatively can do, let alone something local or state governments can do.