Author Archives: Sandy Kress

Let’s Start Over Again on Our Brackets

Let’s Start Over Again on Our Brackets

Amazing! I thought I’d apply meta-analysis to filling out my brackets at the start of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this year. I spent an entire afternoon studying at least two dozen systems with varying degrees and types of sophistication involved in them. There were those steeped in deep statistics. Others had other mathematical twists.… Read More…

You’re a Commie; You’re a Fascist!

You’re a Commie; You’re a Fascist!

I remember back when I was just getting interested in politics as a young teen in the 60s. My family was fairly liberal, and I was pretty much in sync with their views. I vividly recall being taken aback by the frequency with which ultra-conservatives, generally then from the John Birch Society, would label liberals… Read More…

What’s in the Water – Religiously?

What’s in the Water – Religiously?

I realize there are always bizarre things happening in the area of religion and politics. In fact, one could make a good case that, relative to the often very dark distant past, things are relatively calm now. Having admitted that, however, I still can’t help but note that there are unusual and unfortunate religious developments… Read More…

Ethics and the Presidential Race

Ethics and the Presidential Race

I’ve been teaching two courses recently on ethical lessons from sacred text. It occurred to me that it might be interesting in a short blog to apply some of the most salient principles from this teaching to recent events in the presidential campaign. As a recovering politician, I’m well aware of the fact that no… Read More…

The Golden Age of Film

The Golden Age of Film

In the midst of having read the news about the recent Golden Globe Awards and preparing for the upcoming Academy Awards, I watched this film on the life of the great director, Ingmar Bergman. All this has brought me to a strong hypothesis that I would like to explore in this short essay. It is… Read More…

The 2015 College Football Season: Not Quite Saved By the Bell

The 2015 College Football Season: Not Quite Saved By the Bell

Candidly, this would have been a nastier essay but for the surprisingly exciting game between Clemson and Alabama. Notwithstanding a much better-than-expected championship game, college football this year was a tale of two seasons. The regular season was one of the best in memory. It is hard to remember a Saturday during the fall in… Read More…

The Economic Value of Student Achievement Gains

The Economic Value of Student Achievement Gains

I am absolutely fascinated by the recent publication of the working paper, “Economic Gains for U.S. States from Educational Reform.” The paper was authored by Eric A. Hanushek, Jens Ruhose, and Ludger Woessemann under the banner of the National Bureau of Economic Research. A summary of it can be found here: How to make the… Read More…

Cultural De-Advance

Cultural De-Advance

During the holidays, I tend to reminisce. One of my topics of focus in this holiday season has been to remember fondly the time I served during my law school years as chairman of the UT Cultural Entertainment Committee. Our committee would receive several dollars out of each “blanket tax” students would pay, mostly for… Read More…