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Naomi Schaefer Riley

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Naomi Schaefer Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author, most recently, of "Got Religion?: How Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back" (Templeton Press, 2014) and "Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children's Lives through Scholarships" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

Her book, "'Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America" (Oxford, 2013), was named an editor's pick by the New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America (St. Martin's, 2005)and The Faculty Lounges ... And Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Pay For (Ivan Dee, 2011). She is the co-editor of Acculturated (Templeton Press, 2010), a book of essays on pop culture and virtue.

Ms. Riley's writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She appears regularly on FoxNews and FoxBusiness. She has also appeared on Q&A with Brian Lamb as well as the Today Show.

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in English and Government. She lives in the suburbs of New York with her husband, Jason, and their three children.

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Recent Articles:

Why do college kids have so much time to smoke pot?
September 13 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


NYP: Beyond the same old 'women's agenda'
September 24 2014
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Cornell’s Black Student Disunion
October 18 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Fraternity Paradox: Lower GPA, Higher Incomes
October 6 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Marijuana Sales Can Make U.S. Tribes Richer and Poorer
September 20 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Why kids should never let go of Lego
September 14 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Stop Bashing Harvard's Legacy Students
September 8 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


PC wars rule young-adult publishing as fewer kids learn to love to read
September 5 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


In the ‘homework wars,’ both sides are wrong
August 28 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


‘Step’ busts the hateful myths about charter schools
August 23 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Stop putting PC ideology before the needs of foster kids
August 14 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Behind the suicide of a teen track star
August 7 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


No, it’s not racist to save minority kids’ lives
July 31 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Smarter corporate philanthropy
July 25 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


New York's PC war on art
July 24 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


‘Adultification’ hurts black girls more than others
July 18 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Ethnic profiling is no way to choose a principal
July 11 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The secret reason child-welfare agencies fail
July 4 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Hormone therapy is a horrible risk for kids
June 20 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Good fathers can help protect against creeps like Bill Cosby
June 13 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How liberals are killing the NAACP
June 8 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The first crack in the US college cartel
June 2 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How red tape leaves foster kids out in the cold
May 24 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The False Promise of 'Community' on Campus
May 22 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


To solve alcoholism, Native Americans must look inside reservations
May 18 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Educators flipping out over fidget spinners are missing the real menace
May 9 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How the left came to own ‘public service’
May 5 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


What to Tell This Year’s Graduates About Life
May 4 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Time To Call Off The War On Parenting
April 28 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Parents Don’t Want To Face The Truth About Kids & The Web
April 20 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How Today’s Liberal Kids are Going to Ruin College
April 11 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Progressives, Inc.
April 10 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How foster care turns into hell
April 10 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The 3 skills childcare workers need more than a college degree
April 10 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


An Anti-Koch Meltdown at Wake Forest
April 7 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Why We Trust Advertisements More than We Trust Congress
April 6 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Want A Man Who Changes Diapers? Maybe Don’t Marry a Male Feminist
April 4 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How Churches Are Helping Foster Kids Find Homes
March 28 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The latest snake-oil fix for minority education
March 27 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Anne Hathaway Achieves Enlightenment—Sort of
March 20 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Why three (or more) parents leave the kids as losers
March 20 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Kids TV shows push cultural limits — but they’re damaging kids
March 19 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Why So Many Pop Songs Kick Men to the Curb
March 16 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


NYC ‘mega-pastor’ Tim Keller sees faith booming in the city
March 16 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Facing down the divorce industry: Thank you, Ben and Jennifer
March 15 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Liberal-Arts ‘Bubble’ Didn’t Always Cause Such Trouble
March 14 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


‘Feminists’ are confusing nudity with liberation
March 11 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How Trump Became Public Radio’s Favorite Fundraising Tool
March 10 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


What “A Day Without a Woman” Reveals About Childcare in the U.S.
March 8 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Dressing your kids in slogan tees is a terrible way to parent
March 6 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Hypocrisy of Tenured Radicals
March 6 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How colleges muddy the waters on sexual-assault accusations
March 6 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Actually, Americans are Becoming More Tolerant About Religion
February 28 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Unlike the Oscars, Americans have long accepted minority actors
February 27 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


If the ‘Flip or Flop’ couple want to put their kids first, they should get off reality TV
February 26 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Schooling Novelist Lucinda Rosenfeld About Public Education
February 23 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


No Student Deserves the Bureau of Indian Education
February 23 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


ZOO U
February 22 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The benefits of not being the first-born child
February 22 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Sad Socialist Sage Of The Park Slope Coop
February 16 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


To Fight Cyberbullying, Ban Cellphones From School
February 7 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How Today’s Academia Risks Outraging Tomorrow’s Historians
January 31 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


‘Mom Guilt’ Is Here To Stay — But LSD Isn’t The Only Only Answer
January 23 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


A Revolutionary School ‘Turns Back The Clock’ In Brooklyn
January 19 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Exercise Bikes For Toddlers Are A Terrible Idea
January 12 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Faith and Politics (Not Necessarily in That Order)
January 9 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Nonprofits Would Rather Spite Trump Than Help Those In Need
January 3 2017
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Bury Their Future at Standing Rock
December 14 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Kellyanne Conway Has It Right On Mothers' Tough Choices
December 11 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Balancing Kids’ Activities with What’s Best for the Family
December 8 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Gays, Bias And Phony Science
December 1 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Don't Cancel Thanksgiving--Just Ditch The Politics
November 23 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Killing The ‘Sisterhood’: Why Identity Politics Didn’t Work For Clinton
November 13 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Screen Time: the Menace Parents Just Won’t Face
November 2 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The ‘Rising Tide’ Helping Business Owners
October 24 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Parents Would Like Derrick Rose To Show A Little Shame
October 21 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Ivy League Doesn’t Need Taxpayers’ Help
October 17 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How Big Data Can Help Save Endangered Kids
October 16 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How Divorce Kills Faith — And All Of Us Suffer
October 12 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Utah’s Native Tribes Want Jobs, Not Federal Paternalism
September 26 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Utah’s Native Tribes Want Jobs, Not Federal Paternalism
September 23 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How The Standing Rock Sioux Should Have Been Able To Stop That Pipeline
September 19 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Here's How The Catholic Church Can Win Back Ex-Catholics
September 15 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Proof That We're Getting Parenting Right
September 9 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Screen Time Is No Substitute For Real Learning
August 30 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Why ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Would Go Bankrupt Today
August 23 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Why ‘Mean Girls’ are Getting Even Meaner
August 18 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Taking Down ‘Offensive’ Art Won’t Make Anybody’s Life Better
August 10 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Catholic Schools For Native Americans, Known For Abuse And Assimilation, Try To Do Good
August 2 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Parents, Don't Sacrifice The End Of Summer
August 1 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Truth About Girls And Boys, Toys And TV
July 29 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


NEW BOOK: How Political Correctness Is Leading Us To Ignore Abuse on American Indian Reservations
July 25 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Taylor Should’ve Told Kanye To Take A Flying Leap
July 21 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


It's No Longer Safe To Let Your Kids Watch The News
July 19 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Answer To Teens' Narcissism? Mock Them--By Doing What They Do
July 6 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Sheryl Sandberg, Please Stop Telling Women What They Should Want
June 29 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Liberal Narrative About Free Condoms At Schools Is Debunked
June 22 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How Disney Teaches Contempt For Dads
June 15 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Americans Are Moving Less Often Because Moving Is Hell
June 7 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Yes, You Can Tell Your Kids, ‘No Smartphones!’
June 2 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Sorry, Feminists: Good Parenting Isn't Sexist
May 24 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Parents, Pray That Your Kids Aren't Popular
May 19 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Unplugging On The Sabbath: HowTo Rest In A Post-Religion Era
May 9 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Suddenly, Every Museum Is All About The Buttons
May 4 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How Trendy Politics Is Killing Teach For America
April 19 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


At Last, A TV Show You Can Safely Enjoy With The Kids
April 15 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Right Way To Spoil Your Kids
April 6 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Facts The Nation Needs To Face On Mental Illness
April 1 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Here's Why Tests Matter
March 31 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How US Mosques Genuinely Help Fight Extremism
March 27 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Harvard Tells Its Women: Go Where The Rapes Are
March 15 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


What Parents Can Learn From Elton John
March 6 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Bill And Melinda Gates Ignorant 'Share The Load' Advice
March 1 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How US Academia Steers Black Kids Out Of Science
February 25 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Today's 'Radical' College Kids Actually Want Boring Lives
February 15 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Today's College 'Leaders' Miss The Whole Point Of Education
February 11 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Team De Blasio’s Protection Racket For The Arts
February 4 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Colleges’ Next ‘Reform’ Means More Admissions Nightmares
January 26 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Hey, Kids — Colleges See Your Social-Media Profile
January 18 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Even Family Size Turns Out To Be An Inequality Problem
January 7 2016
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Why Guys Think It’s OK For Them To Sleep Around But Not Women
December 23 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


What Today’s Philanthropoids Could Learn from Andrew Carnegie
December 22 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Listen To Scott Weiland’s Widow About The Dark Side Of Rock Fame
December 15 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Click Here To Make Sure your Kid Doesn't Become A Liberal Jackass At College
December 10 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Parents At Swastika-Defending Elite School Should Get A Refund
November 30 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The new Thanksgiving family fight: war over tablets & TV
November 25 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Behind The Campus ‘Crisis’: A Generation Of Too-Delicate Flowers
November 18 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Turning convicts into college graduates — the best second chance there is
November 10 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Free SATs: An excellent idea from Bill de Blasio
November 6 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The best jobs for balancing work and life
October 28 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Gloria Steinem’s lunatic ‘cry at the office’ advice
October 19 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How smart phones feed teens’ relationship obsessions
October 14 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Michelle Obama’s misguided girl power agenda
October 5 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Don’t let your kids turn into tablet junkies!
September 17 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


John Oliver’s cockeyed bid to have the feds vet churches
August 25 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


How choice can end a New York school war
August 17 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Are teens having second thoughts about oversharing online?
August 10 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Millennial ‘Mr. Moms’ turn out to be all talk
August 4 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Getting mobbed on the Web: Parents’ newest fear
July 29 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The feminist revolution is eating its own
June 2 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Why powerful men now hide behind open doors
May 26 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Celebrity ‘community service’ only serves the celebs
May 18 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The surprising truth about the Bible & modern bigotry
May 12 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Living the American dream: A pregnant mom’s escape from Vietnam
May 4 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The campus crusade to ‘safely’ squelch speech
April 27 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Harvard’s wacky campus-sex survey
April 20 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


An ‘Oppressive Society’ Isn’t Forcing Women to Marry and Have Kids
April 19 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Skip the Sharing, Kids
April 15 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Facts matter: Left Sticks To ‘Narratives,’ Evidence Be Damned
April 7 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Greens Gone Wild on College Campuses
March 31 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


If You Don’t Want Your Kid to be a Narcissist, Get Tougher Now
March 14 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Uncoupling
January 29 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Middle-Aged Women Prove Russell Crowe Wrong At Globes
January 13 2015
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Having it all? Unlikely expectations for professional women
November 25 2014
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


(Not Really) Helping Minority Girls
November 18 2014
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


A Worthy Mission For Today's Grads
November 12 2014
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


Generation Screwed
October 20 2014
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


The Faux Empowerment of 'All About That Bass'
October 19 2014
by Naomi Schaefer Riley


 
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