Rampant Ignorance & Intolerance in Academia

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation's institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization.

John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization's prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual pluralism and the best traditions of liberal education at America's colleges and universities. Leo's most recent compilation of campus madness leaves one nearly breathless.

In a USA Today op-ed, Emily Walton, a sociology professor at Dartmouth University, said that all college students should take a mandatory course on black history and white privilege. She says that by taking her class, white students “come to understand that being a good person does not make them innocent but rather they, too, are implicated in a system of racial dominance.” Walton adds, “After spending their young lives in a condition of ‘white blindness,' that is, the inability to see their own racial privilege, they begin to awaken to the notion that racism has systematically kept others down while benefiting them and other white people.” This is inculcating guilt based on skin color. These young white kids had nothing to do with slavery, Jim Crow or other horrible racial discriminatory acts. If one believes in individual responsibility, he should find the indoctrination by Walton offensive. To top it off, she equates the meritocratic system of hard work with white discrimination against minorities.

If you thought integration was in, check out the University of Nevada. Based on a report in the College Fix, John Leo describes how integration on that campus is actively discouraged — and at taxpayer expense. The university provides separate dorms for different identities including Howell Town for black students, Stonewall Suites for LGBTQ students, the women-only housing of Tonopah community, the Healthy Living Floor for tofu and kale lovers and study-intensive floors for those who want to graduate.

According to a New York Post report, New York City school administrators have been taught that pillars of Western Civilization such as objectivity, individualism, and belief in the written word all are examples of white supremacy.

All school principals, district office administrators, and superintendent teams were required to attend the anti-white supremacy training put on by the city Department of Education's Office of Equity and Access. They learn that a belief in an “ultimate truth” (objectivity) leads to a dismissal of “alternate viewpoints or emotions” as “bad” and that an emphasis on the written word overlooks the “ability to relate to others” and leads to “teaching that there is only ‘one right way' to do something.” Administrators learn that other “hallmarks” of white supremacy include a “sense of urgency,” “quantity over quality” and “perfectionism.” Richard Carranza, New York City school superintendent, says the workshops are just about “what are our biases and how we work with them.”

[Even anti-gun] Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, says that political rage and increasingly polarized discourse are endangering our nation. Americans used to move forward productively after elections regardless of which side won. Now, we seem paralyzed by absolute schism and intolerance. Bloomberg pointed to colleges as a prime example of a rising level of intolerance for different ideas and free speech. Steven Gerrard, a professor at Williams College in Massachusetts, serves as an example of campus intolerance. Students declared Gerrard “an enemy of the people” after he suggested that Williams College join other schools in signing onto what's called the Chicago Principles. The statement, published by the Committee of Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago, calls for free speech to be central to college and university culture. Williams college students said free speech is a part of a right-wing agenda as a “cover for racism, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and classism.” Bloomberg pointed out that fewer than 70 of America's 4,000 colleges and universities have endorsed or adopted the Chicago statement.

State governors and legislators can learn something from their Alaskan counterparts, who slashed public spending on the University of Alaska by 41%. There's nothing better than the sounds of pocketbooks snapping shut to bring a bit of sanity to college administrators.


Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter 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.

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tomcat
tomcat
11 months ago

Stop the money trail to get these “halls of higher education” back to teaching and instructing the people that go there for a chance to better themselves. Some go there to have a good time and they need to flunk out. The money isn’t spent for babysitting service whether it be the students or the professors.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
11 months ago

So you want to know what’s wrong with the country? Start with the indoctrination of our children in what was formerly called schools.
No wonder students can’t think.

Old Ch.E.
Old Ch.E.
11 months ago

In my day before the Federal invasion of public and private education for the purpose of training voters, “study intensive floors” included bars, pool halls, movie theaters, beer busts, fist fights, etc. And guess what we all intended to graduate and most of us did ….. eventually. I actually made it out in my class year with only one summer school. My oh my, the recruiters were lined up to hire us. Some competed to see who could get the most job offers. Don’t recall any classes that ended with the word “studies” and the only ones that started with… Read more »

StWayne
StWayne
11 months ago

It would seem that in today’s society the school of hard knocks has no place, other than some ubiquitous dorm on some forgotten campus somewhere, and has become an “educational type” to be avoided at all cost: especially if one is to “graduate.” Would love to see their faces when it comes knocking on their door one day soon because it will. Question is, with all that higher learning taking up so much head space, will they be able to remember how to answer the door without taking one to the kisser?

Hankus
Hankus
11 months ago

“…study-intensive floors for those who want to graduate.” I find this statement to be offensive, and demand an apology and immediate action to remedy this injustice. This is a slap in the face to the large and growing group of underachievers in our society. Where is the equality here? I demand equal housing at this campus and suggest that a suitable facility needs to be offered with a unique designation like “Animal House”. Seriously, I work at a prominent university and struggle daily just to keep my lunch down. Staffers here include in their email signatures such drivel as “Pronouns:… Read more »

MB
MB
11 months ago
Reply to  Hankus

I also worked at a university, a surprisingly conservative business school, and the infiltration of politically correct BS was constant, “safe spaces”, LGBQUEVTDR” allies, pronoun issues and all the crap you can’t imagine. Largest cause was administration unfortunately, even some liberal instructors thought it had gotten too much. But it was still better than 90% of the state schools where that crap was completely out of control

Considerthis
Considerthis
11 months ago

I liked it better when 1984 and Brave New World were fiction novels.

JPM
JPM
11 months ago

The value of a college “education” has depreciated over the decades to where it’s a bad investment at best. Colleges are little more than “holding pens” for the job market for young people where degrees are handed out to anyone who can come up with the tuition, regardless of grades, performance and ability. Students who 50 years ago would not have passed an entrance exam, are welcomed by universities who know that they’ll be receiving the tuition either from the student’s family or from student loans (cash cow) and all they have to do is accept the student, keep him… Read more »

MB
MB
11 months ago

It seems the sole purpose for a modern university is to make people stupid. This notion of racism and “white privilege” exists only for the advancement of the proponents and teachers of it, and serves no useful purpose for those unfortunate to receive and believe it. The longer it is repeated that we all can erase differences by grouping people based solely on perception of who they are will perpetuate that which it seeks to eliminate. Absolute insanity, we need self improvement and acceptance not cultural admonishment. Simply, if you want to be accepted as a valuable member of society,… Read more »

JFCrosby
JFCrosby
11 months ago

Very well-written. Thank you.