Dirty College Secrets

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A frequent point I have made in past columns has been about the educational travesty happening on many college campuses.

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- A frequent point I have made in past columns has been about the educational travesty happening on many college campuses. Some people have labeled my observations and concerns as trivial, unimportant and cherry-picking. While the spring semester awaits us, let's ask ourselves whether we'd like to see repeats of last year's antics.

An excellent source for college news is Campus Reform, a conservative website operated by the Leadership Institute. Its reporters are college students. Here is a tiny sample of last year's bizarre stories.

Donna Riley, a professor at Purdue University's School of Engineering Education, published an article in the most recent issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Engineering Education, positing that academic rigor is a “dirty deed” that upholds “white male heterosexual privilege.” Riley added that “scientific knowledge itself is gendered, raced, and colonizing.” Would you hire an engineering education graduate who has little mastery of the rigor of engineering? What does Riley's vision, if actually practiced by her colleagues, do to the worth of degrees in engineering education from Purdue held by female and black students?

Sympathizing with Riley's vision is Rochelle Gutierrez, a math education professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her recent book, she says the ability to solve algebra and geometry problems perpetuates “unearned privilege” among whites. Educators must be aware of the “politics that mathematics brings” in society. She thinks that “on many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness.” After all, she adds, “who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White.” What's worse is that the university's interim provost, John Wilkin, sanctioned her vision, telling Fox News that Gutierrez is an established and admired scholar who has been published in many peer-reviewed publications. I hope that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's black students don't have the same admiration and stay away from her classes.

Last February, a California State University, Fullerton professor assaulted a CSUF Republicans member during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. The students identified the assailant as Eric Canin, an anthropology professor. Fortunately, the school had the good sense to later suspend Canin after confirming the allegations through an internal investigation.

Last month, the presidents of 13 San Antonio colleges declared in an op-ed written by Ric Baser, president of the Higher Education Council of San Antonio, and signed by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and 12 other members of the HECSA that “hate speech” and “inappropriate messages” should not be treated as free speech on college campuses. Their vision should be seen as tyranny. The true test of one's commitment to free speech doesn't come when he permits people to be free to make statements that he does not find offensive. The true test of one's commitment to free speech comes when he permits people to make statements he does deem offensive.

Last year, University of Georgia professor Rick Watson adopted a policy allowing students to select their own grade if they “feel unduly stressed” by their actual grade in the class. Benjamin Ayers, dean of the school's Terry College of Business, released a statement condemning Watson's pick-your-own-grade policy, calling it “inappropriate.” He added: “Rest assured that this ill-advised proposal will not be implemented in any Terry classroom. The University of Georgia upholds strict guidelines and academic policies to promote a culture of academic rigor, integrity, and honesty.” Ayers' response gives us hope that not all is lost in terms of academic honesty.

Other campus good news is a report on the resignation of George Ciccariello-Maher, a white Drexel University professor who tweeted last winter, “All I Want For Christmas is White Genocide.” He said that he resigned from his tenured position because threats against him and his family had become “unsustainable.” If conservative students made such threats, they, too, could benefit from learning the principles of free speech.

About Walter E.WilliamsWalter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa’s War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

  • 9 thoughts on “Dirty College Secrets

    1. Can anyone tell me what the heck is being said in the last paragraph? Why the heck would a white person want genocide (unless internalizing all the hate being expressed against whites)? Plus, how does it benefit conservative students.

    2. Today the politically correct would have had him strung up by his thumbs for making this observation.Heinlein has many quotes that are equally notable and worth re-quoting.” An armed society is a polite society ” is one of his quotes but it goes on to say much much more Look it up. Google Heinlein Quotes.
      It is a little-known fact that he was early on a socialist but turned Conservative Libertarian later in life. He found it very vexing when the Hippies credited him with starting the Hippy free love movement by writing ” A Stranger In A Strange Land ” I’m one of the Few Heinleinists left. His books touched on all sort of political and social issues. Most would drive any so-called liberal politically correct person nuts. “Farnham’s Freehold” would never be published today. Nor would ” I Fear No Evil ” He advocated no citizenship without Military Duty or other Social Service.

      1. Robert, I too am a big fan of Heinlein, as is my son. One of my favorite quotes is from Starship Troopers regarding violence and civilization. I’m sure you are familiar with the quote. Young people should read his works.

    3. “Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best, he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear his shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.”
      Robert A. Heinlein
      Time Enough for Love “Intermission” (1973)

    4. Higher education = Higher indoctrination. The newest form of indoctrination is the idea that being white is shameful. A great percentage of teaching staffs in higher education have never worked, never held a real job, and never contributed anything to America except criticism and scorn. They live in a world of theory and fantasy, because they also were indoctrinated during their younger years. The LibTards have been extremely successful in controlling public and higher education; thus, the results are obvious. We’re heading into a dark time in America. I think we here know what the consequences might be.

    5. These idiots that feel they have an ‘edumication’……
      As an engineer, and a MS in a complicated science, I wonder if any of these morons would board an airplane that was designed by their ‘collegues’ for a flight. Close enuf isn’t close enuf when you are involved in designing and building an airplane. “OK, so the right wing develops more lift than the right wing, and there is more drag on the left side of the plane, but we followed the rules of common core. After all, nothing is perfect, right?”

    6. Both of my kids are super smart and received full scholarships to Universities, but because they are smart, they realized that what they were getting was not a quality education but severe indoctrination into a liberal belief system which was failing miserably to prepare them for careers and life outside the university campus. It is sad to see what the educational system in this country has degenerated into. It is no wonder this nation is in such dire need of help.

      1. @Joe m, Yeah, one must keep their true thoughts and beliefs to themselves until they get the degree. Just like in communist countries, moslem tyrannies, and… the state of California

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