The continuing fecklessness of major American universities

 

From Jonathan Turley:

The backlash over the settlement of Northwestern University with pro-Palestinian protesters continues to mount. In a letter acquired by The Daily Northwestern,  seven out of 11 members of the “President’s Advisory Committee on Preventing Antisemitism and Hate” resigned this week in protest.

Under the controversial agreement, the school will admit five Palestinian students each year, support two Palestinian faculty members annually, create special housing for Muslim students, and add students to Committees to review purchases from Israeli businesses.

The resigning committee members criticized NU President Michael Schill’s failure to seek advice from the committee regarding the agreement.

The Anti-Defamation League criticized the deal, writing: “Instead of holding the perpetrators accountable, the university rewarded them. It would be unbelievable if it wasn’t true.”

Brown University has also been the target of criticism over its settlement with protesters, including a pledge by Brown President Christina Paxson to consider the divestment from all Israeli businesses.

Rutgers may be the next flashpoint for such criticism after agreeing this week to all but two demands by protesters…

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To me, this shows two things. First, that the administration at these institutions is every bit as antisemitic and Marxist as the “protestors,” which is beyond sad.  And second, that administrators are more than willing to play wet nurse to a gaggle of immature know-nothings who get their news from Tik-Tok and stage phony “hunger strikes,” which is also beyond sad. At the very least, these colleges should have said: Get your stuff completely off the damned quad within two hours and then, after a few weeks for you to show that you can behave like adults, maybe we can have a reasoned discussion about why your knickers are in a twist. But you only get a seat at the table. Opposing viewpoints will also be represented. And you will be expected to behave like a reasonable human being instead of shouting about “intifada” when you don’t even know what it means.

My daughter is socially liberal, although fiscally moderate-to-conservative. (Not leftist, liberal. And to tell you the truth, I can be liberal on some issues.) And I’m glad that she went to a small Christian college that taught her to examine issues from many angles, and that the country is worth our respect. So I’ll say this: If your kid is approaching college-age, be very, very careful. View the veneer of the Ivies and large state schools with extreme skepticism. They are no longer learning institutions in many instances. They are indoctrination centers.

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  1. Old Bathos Member
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    Will the children of suicide bombers get early admission and a qualification waiver?  But would that be unfair to offspring/active members of Boko Haram, Tamil Tigers, or Shining Path?  The IRA has killed more white people than the great majority of terrorist organizations, so shouldn’t that count?

    We should regard the complete gutlessness of university administrators as a common resource to be exploited fairly by all deserving claimants in direct proportion to their capacity and willingness to hurt people.

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  2. Susan Quinn Member
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    Gene Killian: At the very least, these colleges should have said: Get your stuff completely off the damned quad within two hours and then, after a few weeks for you to show that you can behave like adults, maybe we can have a reasoned discussion about why your knickers are in a twist.

    I’m glad you made this point conditionally. I do not understand why students have a seat at the table at all when it comes to university policy. If that’s been “traditional,” it was stupid to allow. No negotiations.

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  3. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf 🚫 Banned
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    I guess I understand resigning in protest, but it seems to me that the wrong people are resigning. Doesn’t this just leave behind a contingent of pro-HamasNazis on the advisory board? This is how we end up with a far-left Academia: the good people leave and the bad people stay.

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  4. kedavis Coolidge
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    I guess I understand resigning in protest, but it seems to me that the wrong people are resigning. Doesn’t this just leave behind a contingent of pro-HamasNazis on the advisory board? This is how we end up with a far-left Academia: the good people leave and the bad people stay.

    A form of the Curley Effect.  Same thing with big cities, and blue states…

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  5. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    Let’s move the Overton Window and start closing down departments that grant degrees in fields that do not have a strong employment market.

    FYI, did you see that U CA system will now do admissions to STEP dept based on having a parent with college degrees?   It is betting to be that even the “credential” of a college degree is meaningless.

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  6. Western Chauvinist Member
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    I think “feckless” is way too generous a description. The vast majority of our institutions of “higher learning” (sneer quotes required) are engines of destruction — they’re destroying young minds/lives, civil society, and the American Republic itself with their neo-Marxist, postmodern pagan (worse than the ancient variety), “revolutionary” indoctrination. I didn’t say it first, but I don’t know who to attribute it to: it’s never about the thing; it’s about the revolution. Overthrowing everything that has been shown to work. Or, as even my JFK Democrat mother used to say — “spitting in the nest.” And the administrators are fully on board.

    The only adult response I’ve heard to a student wishing to protest on campus came from President Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College — “You absolutely have the right to protest. What you don’t have the right to is to attend Hillsdale College. “. . . with the serious, implied threat of expulsion.

    There are maybe two handfuls of institutions left in this country where students may receive a quality education and not be alienated from their families and traditional values. I would guess fewer than 10. I know of two — Hillsdale and Wyoming Catholic College. The Ivies and most others are inhumane and destructive.

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  7. Old Bathos Member
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    Gene Killian: To me, this shows two things. First, that the administration at these institutions is every bit as antisemitic and Marxist as the “protestors,” which is beyond sad.  And second, that administrators are more than willing to play wet nurse to a gaggle of immature know-nothings who get their news from Tik-Tok and stage phony “hunger strikes,” which is also beyond sad.

    I question the first part because it assumes that those administrators actually have principles. They only have sensibilities, a vaguely aesthetic preference for the sounds of words typically used by others in their milieu.

    Students trained in wokespeak do not trigger adverse judgments as would pro-lifers, ROTC, Young Republicans etc.  The knee jerks, the brain spews pablum and all is OK.  Shouting largely incoherent things but remembering to include terms like “colonialist”, or “white supremacy” makes even highly destructive activities seem OK.  

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  8. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    I think “feckless” is way too generous a description. The vast majority of our institutions of “higher learning” (sneer quotes required) are engines of destruction — they’re destroying young minds/lives, civil society, and the American Republic itself with their neo-Marxist, postmodern pagan (worse than the ancient variety), “revolutionary” indoctrination. I didn’t say it first, but I don’t know who to attribute it to: it’s never about the thing; it’s about the revolution. Overthrowing everything that has been shown to work. Or, as even my JFK Democrat mother used to say — “spitting in the nest.” And the administrators are fully on board.

    The only adult response I’ve heard to a student wishing to protest on campus came from President Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College — “You absolutely have the right to protest. What you don’t have the right to is to attend Hillsdale College. “. . . with the serious, implied threat of expulsion.

    There are maybe two handfuls of institutions left in this country where students may receive a quality education and not be alienated from their families and traditional values. I would guess fewer than 10. I know of two — Hillsdale and Wyoming Catholic College. The Ivies and most others are inhumane and destructive.

    Add Grove City, Franciscan University of Steubenville

     

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  9. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    I think “feckless” is way too generous a description. The vast majority of our institutions of “higher learning” (sneer quotes required) are engines of destruction — they’re destroying young minds/lives, civil society, and the American Republic itself with their neo-Marxist, postmodern pagan (worse than the ancient variety), “revolutionary” indoctrination. I didn’t say it first, but I don’t know who to attribute it to: it’s never about the thing; it’s about the revolution. Overthrowing everything that has been shown to work. Or, as even my JFK Democrat mother used to say — “spitting in the nest.” And the administrators are fully on board.

    The only adult response I’ve heard to a student wishing to protest on campus came from President Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College — “You absolutely have the right to protest. What you don’t have the right to is to attend Hillsdale College. “. . . with the serious, implied threat of expulsion.

    There are maybe two handfuls of institutions left in this country where students may receive a quality education and not be alienated from their families and traditional values. I would guess fewer than 10. I know of two — Hillsdale and Wyoming Catholic College. The Ivies and most others are inhumane and destructive.

    I suspect there are closer to 2-3 dozen. Add another 2-3 dozen where traditional values are respected.

    It may hurt a bit, but we should stop being enthusiastic fans of the athletic teams of schools that are waging war on American values.  An enthusiastic fan-base provides lots of cover for the frontal assault coming from colleges and universities, from the elite schools to local junior college.

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  10. Ed G, Lower Order Drew Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):
    It may hurt a bit, but we should stop being enthusiastic fans of the athletic teams of schools that are waging war on American values.  An enthusiastic fan-base provides lots of cover for the frontal assault coming from colleges and universities, from the elite schools to local junior college.

    Yes, and it’s all different now anyway. Long gone are the days of a well rounded student, some of whom excel in athletics and friendly competition is a fun way to get students (particularly men) active in that part of the education. Long gone. Now we have dollars sloshing around everywhere, from government funding to Name-Image-Likeness paydays to the transfer portal (free agency for college athletes).

    College is supposed to indoctrinate students in our current understanding of truth, the foundational assumptions of Western Civilization, and the knowledge to advance our understanding and productive use of both. This mission is impossible if one rejects the concept of Truth and actively despises and attacks the very civilization in which it resides. 

    Whether our system has been destroyed by useful idiots or intentionally by nihilists or foreign agents matters little. They’re not feckless – they’re dangerous.

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  11. Western Chauvinist Member
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    DaveSchmidt (View Comment):
    I suspect there are closer to 2-3 dozen. Add another 2-3 dozen where traditional values are respected.

    We might be encouraged if you could name names.

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  12. genferei Member
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    Not one taxpayer penny for colleges. If that requires amending State constitutions to remove land grant institutions, so be it. When it was just the middle class stealing from the lower classes so that the former could ape their social betters that was one thing. Now that it has become clear that the real result is to render middle class children not just compliant but largely unemployable, surely the times are ripe for revolution…

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