A speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush, Andrew Ferguson is now a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. The author of Foolsâ€™ Names and Land of Lincoln, Fergusonâ€™ s most recent book is entitled Crazy U: One Dadâ€™ s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College.
What does the experience of getting our children into college tell us about the state of higher education today and about ourselves? Recounting his experience in guiding his son through this process, Ferguson discusses the voluminous amount of information available today about colleges and universities (from the U.S. News rankings to the glossy brochures sent out by admission departments) but insists that it remains impossible to get an answer to the one essential question that every parent has, â€ś Is there any learning going on at this school?â€ť
Andrew Ferguson is an American journalist and author. He is senior editor of The Weekly Standard and a columnist for Bloomberg News based in Washington, D.C.
Before joining the Standard at its founding in 1995, he was senior editor at the Washingtonian magazine. He has been a columnist for Fortune, TV Guide, and Forbes FYI, and a contributing editor to Time magazine. He has also written for the New Yorker, New York, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and other publications.
A collection of his essays, Fools Names, Fools Faces, was published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1996, and Land of Lincoln has just been released by Grove/Atlantic on May 30, 2007. His work has appeared in several anthologies.
In 1992, he was a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.