Monday, September 2, 2019
Value for Money and Tolerance: Not American Higher Ed's Cup of Tea
Friends, I bring to your attention today a thought-provoking analysis of American higher ed and its many faults by Victor Davis Hanson. I disagree with many of his assumptions -- his romanticization of the academy in the 60s and 70s, his condemnation of tenure, and his suggestion that many student debts should be forgiven -- but I agree with his overriding points that higher ed has become bloated with administration, slavish to the fashion for (selective) "inclusion", and oblivious to the marketability of many of its degrees. I have little doubt that many who are in college don't belong there, and they could find better ways of establishing their credentials for gainful employment. Above all, Hanson is right that too many professors use their positions to indoctrinate their students in leftist orthodoxy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but writ large the academy is deluding millions of our best and brightest into supporting socialism, abortion on demand, environmental radicalism, reverse racism, anti-religious prejudice, Trump-hatred, and a host of other misconceptions. Higher ed may never be a hotbed of conservatism -- but it could at least be more dedicated to professionalism and even-handedness. That's not asking for too much, is it?