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Why is College Tuition So High?

Explosion of “Support Services” Breaks the Budget We hear it all the time during the Democratic debates. College tuition is too high; students are burdened with overwhelming debt; and state support is lacking. This is all true. Having taught at the university level for about 40 years, I’ve come to... Read more →


Are Participation Trophies a Good Thing?

The Role of Internal Motivation in Sports I must admit a bias against the awarding of participation trophies to kids even if they do not win a sports contest. From an ethical perspective it runs the risk of harming one’s internal motivation to work as hard as possible; do you... Read more →


How to Be a Better Person

Ethical Principles to Live By Most people go about their daily lives without paying much attention to ethics. They may be good people and ethics may be embedded in their character. Even so, it’s a good idea to think about what you are doing (or about to do) and why.... Read more →


Writing Motivation and Writing Advice

Pursuing Happiness and Meaning in Life Through Writing Having recently completed a book on happiness and meaning and how it links to ethical behavior, I want to share some of my insights about how writing can qualitatively enhance wellness. We pursue happiness and meaning in life through actions we take... Read more →


What's Wrong with Society?

Incivility and Self-Absorbed Behaviors Run Amok I've thought a lot about where we're headed as a society. It seems things are getting worse in so many areas that I wonder whether civility can ever be regained. I'm using the word "civility" in a broad sense, not only to mean good... Read more →


What does America Have in Common With the Roman Empire?

The Lost Art of Civility It’s the time of the year when I reflect on both personal matters and those related to the cause I represent – bringing ethics and civility back to society. There’s a lot to think of with respect to the latter. This is especially true with... Read more →


Ethics and the Cancel Culture

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly I have previously blogged about the cancel culture. In today’s blog I look at the ethical issues of the cancel culture. Is it right to target a person with whom you disagree and use the Internet to express your outrage, get people fired,... Read more →


Stop the Madness: We Need to Reverse the Widening Achievement Gap Between U.S. and Chinese Students  

PISA Assessment Scores are Troubling The results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) are in and it is bad news for the U.S. U.S. teenagers still lag much of the rest of the developed world in scores covering math, reading and science. Moreover, there is a widening gap... Read more →


We All Need to Change Our Behavior to Regain Civility in Society

The Lost Art of Civic Discourse Parts of today's blog was published on an online opinion site, Fulcrum. I revisit some of the points made in light of what happened last week when Melania Trump was booed by a roomful of students in Baltimore when she took the stage to... Read more →


What Are You Thankful For?

Let’s Make 2020 a Qualitatively Better Year I’m reminded of a quote by former President John F. Kennedy. JFK said: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Such a true statement. We are judged... Read more →