A message for Middlebury (and others) from : Faculty... should pull students back from the precipice of moral purity, and work with them to acquire the skills and values that... imbue tolerance." Read the whole thing
Another contribution to The Atlantic’s “Speech Wars” series. I wonder if they would be interested in including a heterodox voice at some point. The message so far has been fairly uniform.
“When did college students get it into their head that they should be running the university?” Answer: about 1088 when students est. Univ. of Bologna, the first universitas scholarium. They hired scholars to teach liberal arts, theology & ars dictaminis
Great piece by in the : "Trying to get professors fired because you don’t like their views isn’t activism—it’s preening would-be totalitarianism."
Many important points in this article but this paragraph about the shift to a therapeutic model of education is critical for understanding not just the bad behavior of a few students but also the bigger problem of mission creep.
"If college is to become something more than a collection of trade schools on one end and a group of overpriced coffeehouses on the other, Americans have to think about how we got here." on what the Camille Paglia protests represent
"Trying to get professors fired because you don’t like their views isn’t activism—it’s preening would-be totalitarianism"- says in CC
“Trying to get professors fired because you don’t like their views isn’t activism—it’s preening would-be totalitarianism.” | ⁦⁩ via
“Students have obligations to teachers,” the Georgetown University professor Father James Schall wrote in the late 1980s. “I know this sounds like strange doctrine, but let it stand.” Me in : Don’t Let Students Run the University
Sometimes stating the obvious is necessary.
“This is not so much activism as it is preening would-be authoritarianism.”
This by ⁦⁩ is excellent => The Camille Paglia Protests Represent a Dangerous Trend - The Atlantic
"I am mildly impressed by any student group outside of the United Kingdom that tries to use 'whilst' in a statement, but beyond that, this is the kind of demand that sounds like it could have come out of China during the Cultural Revolution."
Oh the irony. This Atlantic article on the horrors of students having a say in the firing/hiring of profs is funded in part by the Koch brothers—who think *they* should have a major role in the hiring of the profs they fund.
My own research shows this is dangerous. Thanks ⁦⁩ for covering my work/story. Profs are there to teach; students to learn. No one is forcing students to attend. ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
"this is the kind of demand that sounds like it could have come out of China during the Cultural Revolution—if Maoists had been as obsessed with race and sexuality as they were with class."
"This is not activism so much as it is preening would-be totalitarianism"
Eh, it's a question of balance. Nobody thinks students alone should run universities. But students should have an important voice in the governance of their institutions. So should faculty, staff, boards of directors, of course, but why exclude students?
"If college is to become something more than a collection of trade schools on one end and a group of overpriced coffeehouses on the other, Americans have to think about how we got here." Me in
The Camille Paglia Protests Represent a Dangerous Trend - The Atlantic
The Camille Paglia Protests Represent a Dangerous Trend - The Atlantic
Don’t Let Students Run the University "First, we have to recognize a shameless dereliction of duty among faculty and administrators." read *The Final Pagan Generation* old ways sometimes end....
"If college is to become...more than a collection of trade schools on one end and a group of overpriced coffeehouses on the other, Americans have to think about...how to restore some sanity to the crucial enterprise of higher education."—
Perceptive, from on campus culture & recent protests. Not sure, though, about "confident assertion by faculty that they are there for a reason"--as recent episodes (Williams, M'bury, etc) show, profs often are allies of student extremists.
A wonderful piece, saying what cries out to be said, and saying it in just the right way. Thanks, .
"Faculty...should pull students back from the precipice of moral purity and work with them to acquire the skills and values that not only imbue tolerance, but provide for the rational discussion of opposing, and even hateful, views."