Phi Beta Cons

No Deal

Of course there can’t be a deal. For many professors these days, what gives their lives meaning is the thrill of getting in front of a group of students and hectoring them with PC rhetoric on the evils spawned by capitalism and western civilization. Teaching a subject is so unfulfilling in comparison.
Bjorn Lomborg’s piece on NRO this morning is pertinent here. He quotes Al Gore on how combating climate change will give us “the exhilaration of a compelling moral purpose….” That’s what is going on with with Cary Nelsons and John K. Wilsons — trying to reshape the beliefs of students who have been brought up with all manner of false, right-wing attitudes is their compelling moral purpose.
Wilson thinks he is entitled to do just about anything in his classroom, but if professors won’t stick mainly to their subjects, there will be a reaction from students, parents and donors.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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