Entries in this genre should be opinion pieces that are academically rigorous and amply evidenced, and that explore an idea or argument relevant to education and HxA. Typically they take up an intellectual idea or premise, address its strengths and weaknesses, and propose actionable responses for readers to consider. These essays also often include historical exploration and analysis.
“Why Universities Must Choose One Telos: Truth or Social Justice” by Jonathan Haidt
“Callosal Failure: One Hundred Years of Viewpoint Diversity Activism” by Musa al-Gharbi
“On the Authority of Experience in Black Thought” by Randall Kennedy
Submissions might focus on:
Current events and debates in higher education and/or K-12 and original proposals for addressing or resolving them.
Classic educational concerns enriched with new approaches or insights relevant to HxA’s mission.
Historical case studies that model effective strategies for today, or where our understanding of the world was improved by those who bucked the prevailing orthodoxy.
The relationships between institutions of higher learning or K-12, the communities they are embedded in, and the constituencies they serve (or fail to serve).
Rigorous and constructive responses to recently published pieces in our blog or another journal.
Essays should clearly stake out their topic, claims, and purpose in the opening paragraphs.
Essays should be solutions-oriented, ending with actionable suggestions and proposals.
Consider using headers to mark off the topics of essay sub-sections.
Paragraphs should be focused and not overly long.
Where possible, include citations that contextualize your piece within broader conversations, studies, and/or practices.
Limit the use of technical terms or jargon, and provide brief explanations of any specialized language or acronyms.
Concision is critical.