Regular readers know that I have been, for years, complaining about the transformation of our colleges and universities from genuine institutions of higher learning to leftist money pits that accept anyone whose tuition checks clear the bank, and that require little of them, and certainly not anything that would have qualified as a “liberal” education in the not too distant past.
At City Journal, Ben Weingarten recently noted:
Heller’s account confirms what critics of campus environments have been chronicling for years: that ‘trigger’ warnings must be slapped even on the greatest books to protect students from ideas that might upset them, and that ‘identity’ is treated as a kind of knowledge in itself—classic literature, not so much. Students at many of today’s leading institutions no longer study the classics. What do dead white males know about microaggression or cultural appropriation, anyway? At Stanford University, students recently voted down an initiative to institute a two-quarter Western Civilization requirement for undergraduates. Today’s academy replaces the knowledge and wisdom gleaned from Plato, Aristotle, and Herodotus with political correctness, multiculturalism, and infantilization—to devastating effect.
Of course, the idea that victim group politics trumps all led to bizarre confrontations at the University of Missouri–the locus of so much leftist idiocy of late–when at an event to honor the dead of the Orlando jihadist attack, a Black Lives Matter twerp seized the show to complain that her identity group wasn’t getting the attention and respect it deserved with all this fuss about Orlando and all.
If the University of Missouri thought its concessions to Black Lives Matter radicals would boost its appeal to students, it looks like it made a big mistake.
Six months after the radicals garnered national attention with fiery protests against supposed campus racism — and with Mizzou’s school year set to start in August — the university faces an enrollment drop of nearly 1,500 students. And a potential budget shortfall of $32 million.
‘I am writing to you today to confirm that we project a very significant budget shortfall due to an unexpected sharp decline in first-year enrollments and student retention,’ interim chancellor Hank Foley said in an email recently.
But back to Weingarten and my main reason in writing this little missive. Stanford students voted down a Western Civ. requirement? A group of 18, 19 and 20-year olds were allowed to vote about their graduation requirements? The supposed adults in charge, people with Masters and Doctorate degrees, allowed the will of the overgrown adolescents it is their responsibility to educate to prevail and dictate the curriculum?
That rather says it all, doesn’t it gentle readers?