It’s been another wild, wacky and worrisome week in higher education.
There’s the “activism” class at the University of Michigan that teaches capitalism should be “overthrown.” There’s the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor who offered students extra credit to attend a rally against Gov. Scott Walker. There’s the UCLA student who was told at one point that she could not serve on the student government – because she is Jewish. There’s the University of Wisconsin-Madison College Republicans who were viciously attacked for defending higher education budget cuts. There’s the professor who was cleared of wrongdoing after he forced students to recite a satirical anti-American pledge that characterized Republicans as racist, homophobic and anti-poor.
This is the highlight reel from just this week. But I could go on and on. Indeed, that is one of the most shocking aspects of working as editor of The College Fix. Day in and day out, month after month and year after year, we report on troubling campus developments, and it just … never … ends.
I keep wondering – can anything, will anything – be done about how our centers of higher education are completely controlled by the left, by social progressives and outright socialists who hold disdain for America and yet continue to shape our country and its future?
As a mother of two, I work to supplement what my children will eventually be taught in college (and frankly in high school, too) by arming them with facts. We watch online Hillsdale College lessons, read WallBuilders information, and view other conservative documentaries. We head to weekly Bible studies and, as a family, talk about the unalienable rights we’ve been endowed with by our Creator – not the government.
I know I am not alone. There are other families doing the same, and many nonprofits working hard to counteract what’s taught at colleges.
But a proper civics education grounded in understanding and appreciating Western Civilization and its principles has been completely gutted by the leftists who control higher education, who instead mandate diversity electives and push the notion of global citizenship on young minds.
And how does all this miseducation manifest itself in the real world? President Obama in 2008 and 2012, for one.
“If those who value America’s deeper traditions hope to win future elections, they had better get serious about higher education,” Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, told me shortly after the 2012 election. “Ceding the colleges and universities to cultural and political progressives has led to generations of graduates who have scant knowledge of our nation’s founding principles, a distorted understanding of its ideals, and settled patterns of disdain for genuine intellectual diversity.”