Good morning September 9, 2019

Well, as we can see below,  higher education has its problems too.  There is just no way for parents to be too attentive or careful enough in looking at what their students are being exposed to, even in college. I am confident that what this mother observed at VA Tech is not an isolated incident on college campuses today.

My Son’s Freshman Orientation At Virginia Tech Was Full Of Leftist Propaganda

By Penny Nance, AUGUST 14, 2019

My Son’s Freshman Orientation At Virginia Tech Was Full Of Leftist PropagandaNow that I have witnessed college propaganda firsthand, I refuse to ignore the indefensible and discriminatory behavior of the liberal campus bullies anymore.

Are taxpayers funding academic institutions to indoctrinate our kids? That disturbing and irresistible question plagued me during the long drive home last week from college orientation. I doubt I am alone in this wake-up call.

Like many other women, I just sent my youngest child to college. I am so proud of him and his decision to join the Army ROTC and study engineering. He will be attending a revered Virginia institution known for its military Corps of Cadets program.
The centerpiece of the campus is the military parade field featuring beautiful pylons bearing the school’s founding principles: words such as “honor,” “duty,” “brotherhood,” and “ut prosim” (that I may serve). The war memorial also bears the names of all known cadets who have given their lives for our nation since World War I.

Established in 1872, Virginia Tech has an honorable and proud tradition in my home state, and its graduates are some of the most accomplished and wonderful people I know. Hokies shine around our nation as leaders and as a great credit to their school. I know many to be people of faith, and many, many are conservative.

The Madness Begins

Because of this, I was shocked to experience what I can only describe as extreme and overtly leftist propaganda spewed at our children’s orientation. The opening “University Welcome” event for students and parents separated families immediately in the auditorium.

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The Disappearing Conservative Professor

Jon A. Shields, Fall 2018

When concerns over the homogeneity of university faculty are raised, conservatives and liberals tend to hunker down into a battle of grievances. Conservatives point to instances of political bias and the need for “real” diversity in higher education, while liberals remind their conservative opponents of the still-low number of minority professors and the importance of their perspectives. It should be possible to overcome this impasse. Both the right and left tend to define diversity too narrowly and inconsistently, and both would benefit from broadening their appreciation for the value of diversity in higher education.

But while such a transformation in understanding would be helpful, it will not immediately solve a more pressing and formidable challenge: the lack of conservative professors in American universities. This problem is pressing because conservative professors have become increasingly scarce in recent decades even as the share of minority faculty has increased; it is formidable because the obstacles to increasing political or ideological diversity are greater than those that impede other diversification efforts.


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Is Campus Ruin The Left’s Fault?

By ROD DREHER • April 4, 2019, 8:33 AM

Here is a post on the “should you go into academia?” threads (see this one and this one) that I want to highlight. The reader who sent it is an academic with an enviable position at a prestigious university. Yet he asked in a follow-up email for me not to post the text of what he sent, because he’s afraid it would be too easy to identify him. He did give me permission to paraphrase his argument, which I do below. Keep in mind that this is a prominent academic’s point of view, paraphrased by me. I’ll call him “Professor Jones.”

Jones says the intellectual decline and politicization of American universities is not exaggerated. It has at times forced him to consider abandoning academia, even though he has a plum position compared to many his age. It is also true that it is harder for people on the right – especially social and religious conservatives – to get by than for anyone on the left.

Though Prof. Jones identifies as a conservative, he objects to the idea typically propagated by conservatives: that “leftism” is destroying universities. It’s not that; it’s something else. It’s not a “left” that the 1960s radicals would recognize, he says. In fact, despite the weirdness around “Sex Weeks” at universities, and gender ideology, campuses are actually becoming far more restrained places. In some places, you can’t even teach some of the important left-wing thinkers and artists of the recent past without running the risk that you’ll be reported to the administration for sexually harassing sensitive students, simply for bringing these people up in class and expecting students to engage with their work.

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It really does hurt my heart to think of what students are being exposed to both in K-12 and in higher ed today, and in so many cases, the students are not being exposed to anything that counters the liberal education they are receiving.

If you have children or grandchildren in school, please be an involved parent or grandparent!!  These young people are worth it — for their future, as well as for the future of our country!!

Bobbie Patray

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