Naomi Schaefer Riley

Naomi Schaefer Riley

Naomi Schaefer Riley is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values. Her book on tenure in higher education will be published by Ivan R. Dee in the spring of 2011. Ms. Riley was, until recently, the deputy Taste editor of the Wall Street Journal, where she covered religion, higher education, and philanthropy for the editorial page. Her book God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America was published by St. Martin's in 2005. Prior to joining the Journal, she founded In Character, a magazine published by the John M. Templeton Foundation. Her writing has also been published in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education among other publications. She has been the recipient of the Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Journalism Fellowship. She is the winner of the 2006 American Academy of Religion's Newswriting Contest for Opinion Writing. Ms. Riley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She lives in the suburbs of New York with her husband, Jason, and two children.


  • Cheating as civil disobedience

    There is a point in Rachel Aviv’s New Yorker piece chronicling the widespread cheating on standardized tests that went on in some Georgia schools several years ago where you wonder how much further the author could go to defend teachers who changed students’ answers in order to ensure that they kept their jobs.… MORE >>

  • Communal living, 2.0

    If you needed more evidence that young adults today have a certain kind of nostalgia for the way their grandparents and great-grandparents lived, look no further than a piece on the Atlantic’s website: “Two Couples, One Mortgage,” in which two couples buy a rowhouse together in Northwest Washington, DC, take on a mortgage and agree to raise their children together too.… MORE >>

  • When commitment is passe

    It’s hard to know how much we can tell about the state of marriage from the New York Times… MORE >> Style section, but we can figure out at least what’s going on among the a certain segment of the country’s elites.

  • Looking for discrimination in the wrong place

    Articles complaining about the lack of diversity in a particular area or sector of the economy are a dime a dozen, but the one in Friday’s USA Today complaining about the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley is worth examining closely because it exemplifies so many of the flaws in the arguments of those obsessed with diversity.… MORE >>

  • Impoverished decisions

    It has become all but a cliché to suggest that economics drives poor people to make poor decisions.… MORE >>

  • When tenure is just a job perk

    When a California judge struck down teacher tenure last week, union and government officials across the country got scared.… MORE >>

  • Bill Gates and the Common Core

    The Washington Post… MORE >>’s exhaustive investigation into how the Gates Foundation’s support of Common Core standards accelerated their spread across the country is well worth reading.

  • Try, try again for Zuckerberg and public education

    “Where did the money go? Where did the money go?” That’s what a crowd of several hundred parents and union activists were shouting at the Newark school board meeting in 2011, according to a recent New Yorker article.… MORE >>

  • Graduating with a minor in protesting

    In all of the commentary regarding the withdrawal of commencement speakers this season, perhaps not enough people made the point that William Bowen did over the weekend in his speech at Haverford College.… MORE >>

  • Standing up to oligarchy

    If you want to get a sense of how the philanthropic elite thinks about economics, look no further than Mark Rosenman’s op ed in the current issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy… MORE >>.

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