Higher Education Is Failing

This is not news with the left-wing indoctrination, the soaring costs, the pay-to-play scams. I have written about it many times before. College is too expensive, often does not educate, and does a poor job matching students with what employers need. It is propped up by a corrupt government-run loan system which only achieves in inflating costs. College in general is a shadow of what it was 20-30 years ago.

The only hard thing about so-called “elite” universities is getting in. Once there many students are coddled, not worked and given inflated grades. After all, who wants to flunk out paying customers? “Social justice warriors run-amok on many campuses.

A distinguished professor has taken this on in a new book:

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2019/05/15/higher-education-in-america-n2546243

 

The Awful Stench In American Higher Education

Education in America is in crisis. For years the public primary education system has been failing it’s customers, the children, badly. But the US could always hold up its universities and colleges as the best in the world. Not any more. Besides many being leftist-run indoctrination tanks where students learn little and the only hard thing about them is getting in, we learned this week that rich elites and their intermediaries fraudulently get their precious progeny in through fraud.

http://thefederalist.com/2019/03/14/do-you-want-your-kids-to-go-to-an-elite-college-or-get-an-education-theyre-not-the-same-thing/

Here is the straight dope: going to college and getting an education are not the same things. The truth is, many “elite” schools are that in name only. Yes, they attract many of the best and brightest, but they also attract a lot of rich lip-strumming morons who could not screw in a light bulb with instructions. Full disclosure: I went to an “elite” midwestern private school years ago. I received a fine education but the same one I could have gotten at many other schools. The most valuable thing about attending an “elite” school is the reputation and contacts…always has been. Now, that is increasingly the only benefit as in some cases the education being received is inferior.

Having spent years in business, some of the laziest, least ethical and frankly dumbest people I have ever encountered went to Ivy League schools, while some of the most accomplished went to garden-variety state schools. But state schools are not exempt from criticism either. Many have become bastions of PC SJW leftism while shirking their primary responsibility: educating the residents of their state. Many preference out of state and foreign students in the name of “diversity” so they can rake in higher tuition fees. The whole system has become horribly corrupt.

If you want your kids to get a top education, not simply a sheepskin from an elite university, I strongly suggest looking at small private colleges, Christian colleges, or the exceptional research institutions like MIT, Cal Tech, Rice, ect. These schools still seem to provide an excellent classical education and have not gotten caught up in all the campus leftism.

Inane and Comical College Courses

You are wasting your money if you are sending your kids to these institutions of “higher” learning. Unsettling Whiteness? Eco/queer/feminist art practices? What is “unsettling whiteness”? One of the courses listed here is at my alma mater. I’m so proud.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/report-lists-inane-comical-college-courses-including-gender-in-gaming-unsettling-whiteness_2808521.html

American education swirling the drain. How about this: “Muslim, transgender, black, illegal immigrant women in American society”? That should check all of their “intersectionality” boxes.

Women Come Home From College as Men

This is an outrage. And the parents have no idea. Leftist universities are now openly encouraging “transition”. This is mental illness on an individual and institutional scale. These schools need to be sued out of existence. The left is engaging in open warfare against American culture.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/segelstein/parents-nightmare-daughters-come-home-from-college-identifying-as-men

 

 

The Schizophrenia of Leftist Feminism

I don’t know what these lunatics want. They say they want women to be strong and empowered (and they should be) but then they infantize women like Christine Ford. She is too weak in their eyes to withstand even gentle questioning. In the “metoo” era woman have once again become helpless damsels. They say they don’t want women to be viewed as sex objects, but then they cheer the hyper-sexualization of everything and revel in their consequence-free “sexual liberation”. They want women to have a voice but then they shut down any woman who disagrees with their far-left world view. They say they are concerned about “women’s health” but then ignore the vast amounts of data that show abortion is harmful to a woman’s mental AND physical health.

The bottom line is, leftist feminism is not really what it purports to be, and has done great harm to women. It is nothing more than leftism wrapped in a cozy, dishonest, harmful blanket that is antithetical to most women’s needs.

University Of Michigan’s Bias Response Team

I had a exchange with a recent U of M grad over the University’s “Bias Response Team”. The University is being sued by several organizations claiming it infringes on free speech. You can see U of M’s description here:

https://deanofstudents.umich.edu/bias-incidents

I expressed my displeasure with such Orwellian bodies, to which the person (snowflake) said in a huffy, angry tone “well, I support it, because there have been numerous incidents of racism on campus”. I would dispute his characterization of a handful of incidents, several of which have proven to be hoaxes, to be signs of rampant racism. But if you accept his premise my response was:

  1. The way to defeat bad or unsavory speech is with more speech, not by eliminating said speech. I oppose real racism, but to quote one of my favorite sports personalities “call me a free speech absolutist.”
  2. The policies in the above link are vague and unclear. A bias incident can be “unintentional”. What is this? It’s like the USSR.
  3. The bias response team is open to any perceived slight, not just racism. Will it be applied evenly? What about conservative students who loathe Antifa or communism? Will they get an audience? I doubt it.
  4. There is no evidence that said incidences of racism were perpetrated by U of M students. The campus is open. People come and go. It could have been townies. In which case, what does this accomplish?

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/18/university-of-michigan-pushes-back-against-free-sp/