The Collapsing Universities—and What We Can Do About It
America’s universities have been taken over by the Left, but the way they are reacting to the fake covid-19 crisis gives us a chance to reconstitute higher education on sound free market principles.
In the name of “diversity,” academic standards have been gutted. Here are some examples. Emily Walton, a sociology professor at Dartmouth, teaches her students about
“white blindness” Everyone learns, but I find that the small handful of white students in the class usually learn the most. That’s because for the first time in their lives, they begin to look at themselves as members of a racial group. They understand that being a good person does not make them innocent but rather they, too, are implicated in a system of racial dominance.
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.
As Karen Kwiatkowski sums up the situation: “Imprisonment of speech and expression – we’ve observed and lived this for decades as political correctness, maturing into blanking, canceling, me-tooing and doxxing the other. Strait-jacketing critical thought and destruction of the tools of debate, complete. Instead of looking forward we look at the fearful horde beside us and wonder what it is thinking and what direction it will take in order to inform our decisions – which will be to conform with it, lest we become oblivion.”
The brilliant young engineering student Atilla Mert Sulker points out that the diversity poison has spread to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines:
The effort to “close the gender gap” in STEM represents a preference for minority status over merit that deems a student’s performance less important than her female-ness. Yet it only hurts individuals to put them in a field in which they will be unhappy or perform poorly, regardless of gender. If an individual, no matter how gifted, is averse to the risk of possibly burning out and forgoing a good grade, then maybe STEM isn’t the right field.
STEM curricula are deliberately rigorous, as their subjects are not easy, and bridges tend to collapse when things go wrong. This is why there are weed-out classes to discourage students from pursuing them lightly.
As if this weren’t bad enough, many universities are imposing draconian restrictions on students to cope with covid-19. Jordan Schachtel has written an important article about this. At Baylor University,
The university has announced that there will be weekly mandatory tests….If any student refuses to take the COVID-19 test, they are subject to suspension or expulsion. Students are not making friends with their classmates….No one can recognize who’s who with a mask on, so there has been a significant increase of phone usage on campus and a significant decrease of socialization. Students show up for their in-person class, sit there
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