A Strategy To Restore Liberal Education
This was originally published on Townhall.
The term “liberal education” is very commonly thrown around in American political discourse pertaining to higher education. But what does it really mean?
The University of Mississippi notes that a liberal education is “about nurturing human freedom by helping people discover and develop their talents.”
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics defines liberalism as “the belief that it is the aim of politics to preserve individual rights and to maximize freedom of choice.”
A host of different political factions have adopted the label “liberal” over the years – each with differing views on economics and society. But liberalism – broadly conceived – always signified the welcoming of debate and an open society. It encouraged seeing all sides of the issue.
In higher education institutions, liberalism meant that students would be taught how to think, not what to think. What has emerged in recent years is hardly a liberal education. It is pure indoctrination.
What can those seeking to advance a genuine liberal education do?
Rage and frustration alone do not suffice in the effort to restore the liberal education. This indignation must be translated into tangible pressure put on the American higher education bureaucracy.
There are at least three ways in which pressure can surmount the higher education thought police:
1. Drying up money resources: The old cliché “money talks” never seems to fall short. The higher education bureaucracy consists of many people who couldn’t be categorized as leftists. Generally, these are centrist Republicans at best, and moderate Democrats at worst. Some decision makers may be on the far left, but these people generally don’t represent the majority.
On the other hand, far leftists are very vocal and can – to some extent – push around moderate and fair-minded administrators. At
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