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Victor Davis Hanson on how colleges have long ignored merit and squelched freedom, while failing to educate – Publications – AEI

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AEI Victor Davis Hanson on how colleges have long ignored merit and squelched freedom, while failing to educate Here’s a money quote from Victor Davis Hanson’s excellent National Review article “Ivy-League Schools Wither“: Something in this country went radically wrong in the 1980s and 1990s. We created an entire subversive ideology according to which loud allegiance to “progressivism” — decrying class, race, and gender “inequality” —  excused an institution or industry from bias, exempted it from following the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution, and made competency in its mission of educating youth irrelevant. And worse still, so-called progressive egalitarians transformed the idea of an elite college degree from a reflection of wide reading, inductive thinking, and scientific and

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Victor Davis Hanson on how colleges have long ignored merit and squelched freedom, while failing to educate

Here’s a money quote from Victor Davis Hanson’s excellent National Review article “Ivy-League Schools Wither“:

Something in this country went radically wrong in the 1980s and 1990s. We created an entire subversive ideology according to which loud allegiance to “progressivism” — decrying class, race, and gender “inequality” —  excused an institution or industry from bias, exempted it from following the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution, and made competency in its mission of educating youth irrelevant. And worse still, so-called progressive egalitarians transformed the idea of an elite college degree from a reflection of wide reading, inductive thinking, and scientific and mathematical literacy into a mere cattle brand, a showy trademark that advertised social-justice virtue and provided entrée into the well-paying capitalist rat race.

Yet once politics serves as such a blanket exemption for institutions, then it’s no surprise that the institutions ignore or even normalize fraud, racial and class discrimination, and consumer misinformation.

MP: I would add ongoing and open sex discrimination at most universities in America as another example of how institutions of higher education have routinely normalized discrimination based on sex, ignoring federal civil rights laws and Title IX’s clear prohibition against sex discrimination.

(HT/Terry McGoldrick)

 

Victor Davis Hanson on how colleges have long ignored merit and squelched freedom, while failing to educate
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Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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