David Gelernter on the Decline of American Education
On Dennis Prager’s radio program on Monday, his guest for the third hour was David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale and author, most recently, of America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats). In the book, and in his interview with Mr. Prager, Mr. Gelernter laments the fallen state of American higher education. He distilled his views powerfully in response to a caller’s question: If the academics ran America, what would happen?
Look around you. You would have people graduating from high school and from college who know no American history, who have no concept of what this nation is for and what it achieved, who have no concept of what the nation stands for, why it should inspire them, why they should take care of it, why it’s any different from Denmark or Norway or Portugal. You’d have students graduating with no grasp of literature, having barely glanced at any of the great and deep artistic and spiritual traditions of the West. You’d have students graduating in this country that emerged from the Bible, this biblical republic, who’ve never opened the Bible in their lives and who’ve been taught that it is toxic. You’d have students emerging from colleges like Yale with ideas that families as traditionally constituted are the problem and that the sooner we can do away with them the better, and that heterosexuality is one random choice on a very long and growing list. Look around you and you can see exactly what would happen. It has happened and it’s a tragedy.
One suspects that in the Yale faculty lounge, Mr. Gelernter most often eats alone.