Today, American higher education faces an acute crisis. Universities have abandoned the unique mission of unfettered dedication to the pursuit of truth and replaced it with social justice.
The radical, illiberal, anti-American ideology of social justice combines a toxic brew of intersectionality, critical race theory, neo-Marxism and pseudo-science.
-Anna K. Miller
As a young Marxist in college during the 1950s heyday of the anti-Communist crusade led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, I had more freedom to express my views in class, without fear of retaliation, than conservative students have on many campuses today.
At the University of California at Berkeley, it's common to see fliers, stickers, and advertisements for various political events and social gatherings.
Over the past few months, however, stickers have started appearing around campus with a less-than-festive purpose: they're calling for members of the college Republican group to be beheaded or lynched. - M.J. Randolph
Liberal, Degeneracy, Smears, Academia, Tolerance, Jobs
Students at the University of the Arts are demanding the firing of a controversial professor there, insisting that her opinions are putting students at risk and that she should be replaced by a “queer person of color.”
A petition at Change.org, started by student Sheridan Merrick, asserts that Camilla Paglia “has been teaching at UArts for many years, and has only become more controversial over time.”
Paglia is known as a sharp critic of American feminism as well as various other aspects of American political and social culture. Her opinions on transgenderism have generated controversy in the past; at one point she referred to the transgender zeitgeist as “a symptom of cultural collapse.”...
One signatory of the petition identifies himself as David Jacobi. A David Jacobi is listed as a faculty member at the university on its website. On the petition, the signatory writes: “My students deserve better than a bigoted grifter as faculty.”
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Oops, Academia, Sexism
UCLA’s Anderson School of Management has a culture that hurts the hiring and promotion of women through both institutional and “unconscious bias,” according to a new report commissioned by the graduate business school... An internal report in 2006 focused on why women faculty were leaving the school at a high rate and a 2013 study by the campus-wide faculty Senate found the business and management school “inhospitable to women.”
Academia: Going Backwards...
A 2007 survey from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute showed that college students graduate with less knowledge of history, politics, and economics than they had before they entered.
The admissions scam succeeded for so long because everyone knew once the sub-par students made it into these schools they were unlikely to encounter any real scholarly rigor.
So what is a college degree worth these days?
Democrat, Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Government, Obama, Character, Science, Fascism, Demagoguery, Academia, Law
Scientists from several universities and research centers even asked Obama to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to prosecute groups that “have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change.”
RICO was a law designed to take down organized crime syndicates, but scientists now want it to be used against scientists, activists and organizations that voice their disagreement with the so-called “consensus” on global warming.
Incompetence, Financial, Academia, Waste
The number of non-academic administrative and professional employees at U.S. colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25 years, vastly outpacing the growth in the number of students or faculty, according to an analysis of federal figures... In all, from 1987 until 2011-12—the most recent academic year for which comparable figures are available—universities and colleges collectively added 517,636 administrators and professional employees, or an average of 87 every working day
One little-noticed feature of Gruber's speeches was the type of place where he felt comfortable talking about the use of deception and mocking American intelligence. His speeches took place at the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rhode Island.
Universities are home to the academic elite -- people who believe they have more intelligence than and superior wisdom to the masses. They believe they have been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. -Walter E. Williams
Liberal, Incompetence, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Fear, Education, Academia
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The remnants of lanterns hanging from trees were mistaken this week for nooses, prompting a social media frenzy at the University of Delaware and a police investigation of a possible hate crime, the campus police chief said Wednesday... "Such cowardly and reprehensible acts are clearly designed to intimidate and frighten, and they are unacceptable on our campus," Targett wrote.
"I assure you we will work diligently to get to the bottom of this situation, identify the person or persons responsible and hold them accountable for their actions."... Targett sent out a second email shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday informing the community that the noose-like objects were actually lantern hangers.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Academia, Justice, Law, Jobs, Bigotry
Officials at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington have been ordered to pay a teacher $50,000 in back pay and promote him to a full professorship, backdated to 2007, for discriminating against him over his Christian perspectives. The ruling from Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard comes in the case of Christian professor Mike Adams, who had faced retaliation, according to the jury, for his conservative views expressed in opinion columns, books and speeches.
Environmentalist, Funny, Brilliance, Academia
Students at the University of California – Berkeley are requesting environmentally friendly caps and gowns just five days before graduation, Campus Reform reported. The senior editorial board of the school’s newspaper, The Daily Californian, is complaining that their biodegradable cap and gowns are not green enough and it’s an embarrassment to the school.
Character, Fraud, Academia, Lie
Flagler College’s vice president for enrollment management has resigned after an internal investigation revealed he exaggerated test scores, GPAs and class rankings of incoming freshmen from fall 2010 to fall 2013.
Hypocrisy, Hate, Character, Racism, Academia, Bigotry
So, I would like to ask if you are interested in a get together on Monday afternoon? We can also discuss the exam that is coming up, if you want. I don't mind if this would turn out to be a study session for my STUDENTS OF COLOR ONLY. -Santiago Piñón, assistant professor of religion, Texas Christian University
Crime, Guns, Character, Academia, Terrorism, Convict, Murder
Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin — who spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard — now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, The Post has learned. Boudin, 69, this year won another academic laurel — being named the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School, where last month she gave a lecture on “the politics of parole and re-entry.” ... “It’s easy to forget that violence is never the answer. Nine children grew up without their dads because of her actions,” said Hanchar, whose uncle O’Grady was shot with automatic weapons.
Liberal, Incompetence, Sex, Degeneracy, Academia, Adult
At the University of Chicago, they are now imitating many of the same kinds of sex-industry sponsored events that were pioneered at Yale: Feb. 13 session, titled “Great Oral Sex: with Tea Time & Sex Chats,” promises a “discussion on going down on men and women” — including “techniques” — all over tea. A Feb. 15 session, entitled “Anal 101,” is advertised as a course on the “logistics and pleasures of anal sex.” It will include lessons on “prep, protection, barebacking, etc.”
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Guns, Racism, Education, Academia, Tolerance, Diversity
During his testimony Wednesday, Thandiwe suggested that his reason for even purchasing the gun he used in the shootings was to enforce beliefs he’d developed about white people during his later years as an anthropology major at the University of West Georgia.
“I was trying to prove a point that Europeans had colonized the world, and as a result of that, we see a lot of evil today,” he said. “In terms of slavery, it was something that needed to be answered for. I was trying to spread the message of making white people mend.”
It is salutary that academia, with its adversarial stance toward limited government and cultural common sense, is making itself ludicrous. Academia is learning that its attempts to create victim-free campuses — by making everyone hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimizations — brings increasing supervision by the regulatory state that progressivism celebrates.
What government is inflicting on colleges and universities, and what they are inflicting on themselves, diminishes their autonomy, resources, prestige and comity. Which serves them right. They have asked for this by asking for progressivism. -George Will
Democrat, Liberal, Election, Incompetence, Obama, Character, Fascism, Academia, Corruption
A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President Barack Obama last November should be fired, the college’s president recommended. Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics at Brevard Community College in Florida, is guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence, according to a three-month investigation into her classroom behavior leading up to the November election.
A Madness In The Heart Of Empire...
The world is living through a crisis of civilization which differs from ordinary disruption in that it involves not a breakdown of physical systems, as might be caused by a natural disaster or technological failure, but is a malaise afflicting the intellectual functioning of society itself.
By its nature, a civilizational crisis affects elite institutions, the dominant ideology, the core operating system of a ruling system.
It is not a breakdown of the backward periphery but a madness in the heart of empire, a rot in its ivory towers.
Character, Fraud, Education, Academia, Lie
U.S. News has stripped George Washington University of its #51 ranking in the 2013 national university rankings because of GW's admission that it has been inflating the percentage of its incoming freshman class ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class for at least a decade.
Liberal, Crime, Incitement, Character, Sex, Degeneracy, Academia, Tolerance, Religion
According to Fordham’s media relations website, Singer, a tenured Princeton bioethics professor, spoke from 4 to 6 p.m. in a panel the university promised “will provoke Christians to think about other animals in new ways.” Singer has long lamented the societal stigma against having sex with animals. In the essay, titled “Heavy Petting,” Singer concluded that “sex across the species barrier,” while not normal, “ceases to be an offence [sic] to our status and dignity as human beings.” “Occasionally mutually satisfying activities may develop” when humans have sex with their pets, he claimed.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Sex, Degeneracy, Smears, Academia
So, according to his own daughter, Professor Pervo was engaged in this twisted behavior the whole time he was blogging at HuffPo. UPDATE II: “Police say the relationship between Epstein and his daughter was consensual.”
Now and then I’ve strayed from the party line. And if the demonstrators would quiet down for a moment, I’d like to offer an abject apology for any way in which I have offended against the increasingly narrow and often obscure values of the academy.
In my day, the college campus was a place that celebrated the diversity of ideas. Pure argument was our guide. Staking out an unpopular position was admired -- and the admiration, in turn, provided excellent training in the virtues of tolerance on the one hand and, on the other, integrity.
Your generation, I am pleased to say, seems to be doing away with all that. There’s no need for the ritual give and take of serious argument when, in your early 20s, you already know the answers to all questions. - Stephen L. Carter, professor of law at Yale University
Crime, Sex, Funny, Science, Brilliance, Academia, Drugs
A British scientist held in an Argentine jail on suspicion of drug smuggling claims he is the victim of a honey trap after being duped into believing he was starting a new life with a Czech glamour model. Professor Paul Frampton was arrested in Buenos Aires after two kilos of cocaine were found in a suitcase he was carrying. The academic insists he thought the case belonged to Denise Milani – an underwear model who won the Miss Bikini World title in 2007.
Democrat, Liberal, Character, Academia, Stereotyping
Speaking to a reporter on a local news station in Boston, Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts cited her ancestor's "high cheekbones" (quoting an aunt) as evidence of her Native American heritage. Earlier today, the Harvard law professor explained that she listed herself as "Native American" on school directories in the past so she could meet others "who are like I am."
Government, Sex, Bigbrother, Academia
California's state colleges and universities are laying plans to ask students about their sexual orientation next year on application or enrollment forms, becoming the largest group of schools in the country to do so.
Rutgers University professor Brittney Cooper proclaimed that all black people are "one police encounter from the grave," and that white people must start lumping themselves together as "the face of the oppressor."
The University of Connecticut is building a new residence hall that will segregate black people away from the general student population.
Decades ago, the Ivy League colleges thought they had a problem: too many Jews.
A University of Michigan department chairwoman has published an article titled, "It’s Okay To Hate Republicans," which will probably make all of her conservative students feel really comfortable and totally certain that they’re being graded fairly.
Jewish students are the single most vulnerable minority on California campuses... In August 2012, the state Assembly unanimously approved House Resolution 35, condemning anti-Semitic activity on California campuses.
The Kansas University student senate has voted to banish gender-specific pronouns such as "his/her" from its Rules and Regulations document because they’re "microaggressions" against the students who don’t use them.
From sidewalk-sized “free-speech zones” to the criminalization of microaggressions, America’s college campuses look and feel a lot more like an authoritarian dictatorship than they do the academic hubs of the modern free world. -Cliff Maloney, Jr.
Academia, once so fiercely supportive of free speech and against any form of censorship, is now beginning to question its value. Some, in fact, are proposing to put explicit limits on it. -Danielle C. Struppa
"We want to explore, dissect, and construct an intersectional understanding of masculinity and maleness, as well as to create destabilized spaces for those with privilege." -Duke Women's Center
Well over one-third of America’s adult college students believe that campus "safe spaces" are "absolutely necessary" to assist grown adults who are psychologically traumatized by hearing opinions with which they disagree.
Students are children. Not in terms of age, but in terms of maturity. Even in college, they must be protected like children while being prepared to be adults. -University of Chicago Law school professor Eric Posner
Tuitions and fees have risen more than 440 percent in 30 years as schools happily raised prices - and lowered standards - to siphon up federal money. -George Will
Northern Illinois University is restricting students' access to certain websites. For their own good, of course. -Robby Soave
SOME of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don’t matter in today’s great debates. -Nicholas Kristof
"First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the pig Tate’s stomach! Wild!" -Bernardine Dohrn
This is what call out culture has begot. An academic climate where teachers are afraid to make students think, and where academics themselves are afraid to say a single word that bucks the status quo. Congrats, guys. You’ve won.