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Reforming Our Universities

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A good friend went off to college last fall and signed up *For A Major In *a major in Books with a minor in history She started The Worst Weather on Earth: A History of Mount Washington Observatory reading Plato and Euripides and studying early US history Hmm I thought maybe the alarms about grade inflation binge drinking on campus extremely high college tuitions lack ofigor in the curriculum and other eports of how higher education is in trouble are being overstated So I poked around and found some books that purported to take the pulse of tertiary education in the US There were none assuring us that our colleges and universities are in good health that our students are becoming versed in the liberal arts and coming to appreciate the treasures that are Western Civilization and the American form of government while preparing themselves to take their places in the world of work I did find a couple that lament the threat to our universities from the ight a threat to impose on Students Out Of Date Ideas Of What College Students Should out of date ideas of what college students should usually a core curriculum from about 1960 emphasizing works by men More on this belowBut most of the books The Geology And Landscape Of Santa Barbara County, California, And Its Offshore Islands range from dustyesearch to apocalyptic alarms showing that SAT scores have been in precipitous fall since 1960 that students are Biopower: Foucault and Beyond routinely taking five years to graduate that tuition has increased since 1970 at three or six or nine times theate of inflation and that out of control drug and alcohol use and sexual promiscuity are Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds routine even on our nations elite campuses Not a pretty pictureCrazy U is by far the best of these books In the process of helping his son maneuver the maze that college admissions has become the author has interviewed people at schoolsanging from small state colleges who let in people with a total SAT score in three digits to the exclusive schools where a perfect 2400 is the baseline and the student must prove himself worthy with high school classes excellent grades valedictorian if possible and many extra curricular activities showing skill and in the arts and a sensitivity and dedication to the needs of the community The competition is stiff Thirty percent of the typical Harvard class is composed of legacies parents and grandparents went to Harvard and people whose parents are so Is That Even a Country, Sir! rich it s worth a shot admitting the kid in hopes of donations in the future Also getting a freeide are athletic stars famous people Jodi Foster Brooke Shields easy in and the children of politicians Then the admissions office has to sculpt the class to make sure there are enough but not too many foreign students out of state students working class kids and minorities Then there s the problem of women and Asian students Can t have too many of either of these categories and both are notorious for getting above average SAT scores and grades Some schools are うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] reduced to a sort of affirmative action for white males When all the other categories are taken care of the normal student is left competing for about 30% of the inc. It’s no secret that our universities have become hotbeds ofadical leftist thought While professors and administrators pay lip service to concepts like open mindedness and The Prince robust debate they try to suash any opinion that doesn’t match theiradical left world view Well world enowned campus activist David Horowitz wants to bring diversity back to the college campus This Fall he will launch a new book and a new campai. ,
Oming class slots The Five Year Party addresses the appalling fact that even with skyrocketing tuition costs our local state university tuition is going up 16% this year and students are staying in college for a fifth year And while they are at Podunk State Teacher s College they are much likely to be taking classes it s up to them in Film Noir or ueer Theory than economics and physics Most students now major in soft subjects like English literature sociology and education Back in the 60s I did a double major at a state teacher s college English and education and believe Me It Was Far From Soft Very it was far from soft Very work is expected outside of class and class itself is euired to be entertaining Even the smartest and most motivated of students expect to be amused And since students now ate the faculty the wise teacher toes the mark lest he be denied *TENURE NEEDLESS TO SAY NO ONE FLUNKS OUT ANY *Needless to say no one flunks out any then there s the partying Drunken evels take place every weekend at most schools The underage drinking and associated minor assault and property damage are taken care of on campus No need to worry about a police Lifting record because after all these are just kids having a little fun Of course any behavior that can be interpreted by a shrinking violet as sexual harassment is prosecuted to the full extent of the law But if youroommate brings a boy back to your Mathruhridayam room to stay the night heyelax what do you expect when so many young people are on a campus together I suspect the author of The Five Year Party exaggerated a bit but the basics are correct If a student wants to goof off for four or five years
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if his parents don t him or her to tell all and toe the line this scenario is entirely possible The school will tell the parents who are forking out the 80000 or to pay for all this nothing Students are entitled to their privacySome students like my friend are serious work hard search out the demanding professors and comport themselves like the adults they are fast becoming But the students are surrounded by an ambience of fun fun fun ather than scholarship and love of learning Colleges and universities are all about marketing these days climbing the page on the US News and World Report college ankings offering hot tubs taller climbing walls plush accommodation in the dorms specialized foods at every hour of the day and night and whatever else entices young people to choose one school over another The cost How can tuition have gone up 1000% at some schools in the last 50 years Well somebody has to pay for all those amenities and the number of administrators has increased by a factor of 10 Unfortunately there isn t enough money to A Life In School: What The Teacher Learned raise faculty salaries significantly In fact most schools now use graduate students to do much of the undergraduate teaching along with adjunct faculty who are paid starvation wages And as long as we all believe everybody has to have a college degree though not necessarily a college education the. Gn to shine the light on the college thought police In his new book Reforming Our Universities Horowitz will describe his decades long campaign against intellectual bigotry grade discrimination and the denial of basicights to any and all whose opinions diverge from the extreme liberal orthodoxy And on college campuses across the country Horowitz will launch an “Adopt a Dissenting Book” campaign which urges professor. .
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Colleges can keep aising their prices and the parents have to pay Any school that tried to compete by cutting costs less fancy dormitories and amenities fewer classrooms larger classes less spectacular libraries and on line classes well *Good Luck Accredited It S The *luck accredited It s the and administration from those expensive schools who create the standards for accreditation and do the on campus inspections and they aren t going to let that camel s nose under their cloth of gold tentThere are some folks who looking at all this and watching it get increasingly out of hand predict that this bubble is going to burst If enough parents efuse to go along with this game and it has become a game and begin sending their children to for profit schools or find apprenticeships for them or skip college altogether if colleges can no longer entice students to come to their campus and parents to pay outrageous amounts of money for who knows what measures of outcome of a college education are not eleased by the schools if they even attempt to discover them then schools will be unable to find enough students and will begin going out of business Don t hold your breathAnd as for that threat from the The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division right that is menacing our nation s institutions of higher learning One of the things those authors are talking about is the campaign by David Horowitz for what he calls an academic bill ofights or academic freedom for students He points out that many schools have a statement of academic freedom for faculty nobody can tell them what to teach or how to interpret what they choose to present to their students But students have no such guaranteesHorowitz was one of the Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) radicals back in the 60s As time went by he changed his mind about thatebellious time and became increasingly conservative He now looks around him and sees the flower children the people who took over the People s Park former Black Panthers people like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn teaching at college and universities and preaching the same things they were preaching then sometimes to the exclusion of other points of view Horowitz thinks students should be protected from proselytizing by professors on the far left and from being Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl ridiculed or shamed for asking uestions and interpreting events from the point of view of theight Polls have epeatedly shown college faculties to have voted Democratic by margins of 8 or 9 to 1 Some of those people are ideologues and Horowitz has dug up enough cases of discrimination against conservative students or classes in which no mention is made of any opposing viewpoints that he has come to believe that students need a written and enforceable bill of ights assuring them a balanced education His campaign is not getting anywhere except to alarm some of the excitable faculty on the left His is not a particularly interesting or entertaining or alarming book2011 Nos 82 83 and 84This Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide review also appears under Crazy U and The Five Year Party. S to include conservative and pro American books andesources as part of their overall curriculum Reforming Our Universities will lay out his blueprint for Black Gold in North Dakota reversing leftist indoctrination on campus though an Academic Bill of Rights Horowitz’seform is not a partisan call for universities to hire conservatives but ather a call for true academic freedom where students as well as teachers are free to say what they thin. .