Phi Beta Cons

Peter Wood’s “Tour of the Barricades”

Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars has a superb essay on Minding the Campus entitled Campus Activism: The Fight for Imaginary Victories.

In the essay, he surveys the various politically correct causes to which many students devote so much energy, including divestment of shares in naughty companies, denunciation of Israel, sustainability, microaggression, and preventing people who have bad views on important issues from speaking on campus. Peter writes, “Our college campuses are busy fretting over numerous imaginary dangers, which of course forestalls them from thinking seriously about some real problems.”

I strongly recommend the essay, as well as the two previous ones in Peter’s “the year that was in higher ed” series, links to which are included.

George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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