The hypocrisy of American academia centers on a craving for donated, capitalist dollars but with no caveats. The miserable state of university and college intellectual achievements runs parallel with the stream of leftist ideology that began back in the 60s, interestingly enough the years when the Bill Ayers/Weatherman group began its reign of in-country terror.
When philanthropist Thomas Klingenstein got the drift of how Bowdoin College President Barry Mills felt about the evils of conservatism, the wealthy realist took action. ”Diversity of ideas at all levels of the college is crucial for our credibility and for our educational mission,” he said as he commissioned the National Association of Scholars (NAS) to research the Maine colleges’ real diversity composition. “There’s the obsession with race, class, gender and sexuality as the essential forces of history and markers of political identity,” plus the dedication of sustainability of the planet to keep it safe from capitalism. And Klingenstein’s criticism of Bowdoin’s phony dedication to diversity proved correct as the NAS research showed the “college has no curricular requirements that center on the American founding or the history of the nation,” but only courses centered on race, class, gender, or sexuality.
The political imbalance of moving the academic world from one of a collegiate education into one of identity politics and liberal progressivism is ruining America’s very foundations and turning out generations of young people ill-equipped to run or to love the United States. How ironic that the alma mater of the great American author Nathaniel Hawthorne would turn away from honoring the greatness of the very country he said no longer needed to look to Europe for intellectual inspiration. Just consider the audacity of Northwestern University hiring Bernardine Dohrn for its law school to instruct in Family Law or the hiring by the University of Illinois (Chicago) of her husband Bill Ayers to teach much the same subject. Having authored his new progressive educational theories, Ayers initiated the Hyde Park salon that launched Barack Obama’s anti-capitalist, anti-American political career in order to fundamentally change this great nation. And that, they are doing. What kind of example is being given to students who take a course from a woman who, even though she received a law degree from the University of Chicago in l967, was refused admission to the NY Bar?
When the more balanced president of the University of Illinois saw fit not to grant Ayers the Emeritus distinction, the Illini faculty rose up in angst; and now this wise man has been replaced with a left-coast feminist who presided over this past spring’s Sex Week, which paid homage to the Big Orgasm!
Unless parents and big donors unite to stop what is going on across our nation in the name of what is called a university education, we can give up on America once again being called the world superpower. The millions of dollars in debt being carried around by students and their parents are pitiful ransoms of our country’s heritage, brave founders, and brilliant founding documents! The barely four or five conservative faculty members plus the 100% faculty donation to President Obama at Bowdoin College is a microcosm of America’s failed university system nationwide.
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