‘Most Fantastic Education Reform Ever!’ (2017)

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Imagine a country in which every adult has a Ph. D.: in which every adult has to stay in college full-time until he gets one. Wow! 300 million Ph.D.’s, and then some!

Most Fantastic Education Reform Ever!

It might take you 25 years to earn your doctorate in Superhero Studies, but it’d be worth it! And think of the talent pool available for Mostly Peaceful Protests! Why, we’d achieve Pure Socialism in a matter of weeks!

We would all be “doctors.” That’s a plus!

‘When They Make You Say It’ (2018)

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Personally, I can’t think of anything more demeaning, hateful, or wrath-provoking than being forced to say something that I don’t believe. I’m glad they hadn’t yet gotten into this when I was in college.

When They Make You Say It

And who makes you say things that you don’t believe? Liberals, of course! The very same hypocrities who are always yammering about “oppression” and “bullying”!

They need to be pitched into a river.

U. of Virginia Headed for Lawsuit Over Student’s Speech Rights

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You have to be crazy to ask questions at a university!

A judge has ruled that a student can sue the University of Virginia for trying to cancel his First Amendment right to free speech (https://nypost.com/2021/04/08/virginia-student-can-proceed-with-lawsuit-over-panel-confrontation-judge/).

See, they were having a panel on “microaggression,” and a second-year student had the bad manners to ask some questions. Questions! At a university! Whoa! And hard questions, at that–like, what exactly is microaggression, who needs to be protected from it and who doesn’t, etc., etc. Five whole minutes he consumed! And the lecturer was so rattled, she went crying to the looniversity authorities–who suspended the student and advised him to check himself in for psychiatric evaluation–because anyone must be mad, to question the dogma of microaggression. Stark, staring mad.

When the student didn’t go quietly to the rubber room, the authorities expelled him. So he sued them on a laundry list of charges; and most of them the judge threw out, but the suit over the erasure of the plaintiff’s free speech rights will go forward.

We pray he is awarded punitive damages steep enough to make the whole university howl. People need to be fired over this. There should be no place in America that runs just like it was the Soviet Union circa 1970. Including our colleges and universities.

Truly, we are “educating” ourselves to death.

 

‘Stanford Students Ban Western Civilization’ (2016)

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You shouldn’t be allowed to study Western Civilization. That’s what the Stanford University, er, “student government” says.

Stanford Students Ban Western Civilization

Why does this remind me of some spoiled teenage girl who won’t clean her room and then runs away to join a cult where the big poobah can order her around like a slave, and she obeys?

We have salvation in Jesus Christ. No worldly entity can give us that. Not even the very best things this world has to offer–and college is very, very far from being that.

Court: You Can’t Force People to Say Stupid Stuff

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The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a university cannot force a professor (or anyone else) to address a so-called “transgender” student by a “preferred pronoun”–that is, they can’t make you call a girl “mister” just because she insists she’s a man (https://www.christianpost.com/news/6th-circuit-sides-with-christian-prof-in-trans-pronoun-case.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=b30d43f9-9484-459e-a922-c301b2b5a6ec).

Which was what Shawnee State Looniversity tried to do to a philosophy professor: knuckle under or lose your job. They got it past a district court, but the Sixth Circuit reversed that ruling.

I mean, really–what value has the First Amendment if they can make you say things you believe to be not only untrue, but wicked according to your religion? Whose idea of “freedom” is that? [Hint: a liberal’s.]

So now the professor can sue Shawnee State for damages, and let’s pray he sets them back a bundle. Because this must stop.

What else are they going to try to make you say, once they’ve got the “trans” nailed down? They heap abomination on top of abomination, and still expect to prosper.

But I don’t call losing our freedom (to say nothing of our dignity!) prospering.

‘How C.S. Lewis Predicted the Woke Nightmare’

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C.S. Lewis–he knew which way the wind was blowing.

[Thanks to Susan for the tip.]

We should listen to great writers, even fantasy writers, when they warn us off doing stupid stuff that will make bad things happen. They are very often right. But we hardly ever listen, do we?

Check out this essay by Jared Whitley in townhall.com, March 27: “How C.S. Lewis Predicted the Woke Nightmare” (https://townhall.com/columnists/jaredwhitley/2021/03/27/how-cs-lewis-predicted-woke-education-could-turn-democracy-into-dictatorship-n2586801). These predictions are to be found in “Screwtape Proposes a Toast,” an addendum to Lewis’ famous The Screwtape Letters. If you haven’t read that yet, you really should.

Lewis realized that “the term democracy can be warped into destroying excellence, first in the halls of education and then to society at large, to make sure everyone stays ‘equal’.” Bingo! Bullseye!

And how do you water down excellence? Pass/Fail courses. Dumb down the curriculum. Meaningless stupid courses that stultify the brain. And, indispensably, “all, or nearly all, citizens can go to universities”–because if practically everybody has one of those watered-down college degrees, what’s the degree worth?

“Corruption of language” is also important. Suddenly words mean anything you, personally, want them to mean–and no one can understand what anyone else is talking about.

It’s always easier to build down than to build up. We’ll never find a way to make everybody smart, but we can certainly make a lot of people stupid. Our whole system of public education is living proof of that.

The university was once the repository of humanity’s collective wisdom and experience.

Now it’s a moron factory.

Why does that make me think of another cautionary tale–The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells? Whose books, by the way, were a lot wiser than he was.

 

‘U. of Cal: Saying You’re Not a Racist Means You’re a Racist’ (2018)

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They love to set it up so they’ve got you coming or going. Guilty no matter what you say or don’t say, do or don’t do!

U. of Cal: Saying You’re Not a Racist Means You’re a Racist

And you know what you do to people, when you presume they’re always guilty? You teach them to lie! If you’re a perpetual accuser, there’s no point in ever telling you the truth. They’ll just lie to get you off their backs.

I suggest all this “racism” crap tossed around by colleges is actually inspiring racism.

When all you do is pretend to care, sooner or later you won’t be able to care.

Supreme Court–Except for Roberts–Upholds Christian Students’ Free Speech

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Don’t you love it? The “Free Speech Zone” is all fenced in! I’m surprised they didn’t use barbed wire and put up a machine gun and searchlight tower next to it.

Even Obama appointees Kagan and Sotomayor agreed that Georgia Gwinnett College trampled on Christian students’ free speech rights; so it was an 8-1 decision by the court in favor of the students.

Chief Justice John Roberts, whom we once believed to be a conservative, was the only “no” vote (https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/08/in-8-1-scotus-ruling-chief-justice-john-roberts-is-the-only-one-to-side-against-christian-students-whose-free-speech-was-trampled/).

The students were hassled by the kampus kops when they tried to hand out literature and talk to other students. They moved to the skool’s “(LOL) free speech zone” but got hassled there, too.

And you’re gonna love this: the college defended its actions by saying that the Christian students’ speaking freely violated the school’s “Freedom of Expression” policy. Doh!

When the students sued, Gwinnet “changed” its policy to remove “barriers” to free speech. The chief justice said that made the whole case moot. The other eight disagreed with him.

A case has to be a real slam dunk, to get those eight votes.

Does that mean the Supreme Court still has some interest, however minuscule, in preserving America as a free country?

But let’s not hold our breath.

‘Academics’ Favor Silencing Conservatives

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They call it “higher education.”

If you ever thought freedom and liberty were natural aspirations of humanity, think again.

A new study shows a majority of “academics”–professors and graduate students–favor discrimination against whatever conservative colleagues they might find still around on campus (https://freebeacon.com/campus/majority-of-academics-support-discriminating-against-conservatives-study-shows/). In fact, many of them favor “dismissing” colleagues if they have conservative beliefs.

At the same time, 70 percent of conservative academics say their colleges and universities have become a “hostile environment” for them, characterized by “powerful conformist pressures.” As in, “Support transgenderism or lose your job.”

And 20 percent of academics under the age of 30 support firing conservatives outright.

How do you think they’d feel if the shoe were on the other foot? If you could be fired for being a leftid? Think they’d support that?

But it’s our fault for continuing to send our sons and daughters to these ideological gulags known as colleges and universities, and tamely continuing to feed the colleges with our tuition dollars. To say nothing of alumni donors, and the government, who pour billions of dollars into this corrupt and wicked system. How else do you think Harvard can boast an annual budget of more than $40 billion? Yes, that’s “billion.”

Everywhere you look, our freedom is under attack. Emboldened by their success in stealing a national election, Far Left Crazy has throttled up its campaign to “fundamentally transform” America into a socialist hell-hole, doing as much damage as they can, as fast as they can. It’ll be a miracle if our republic survives the next two years.

There isn’t much that we can do about it; but one thing we can do is stop sending our children to these colleges.

That won’t just save money. It might save souls.

‘And See What Comes Out’ (2015)

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I think we are seeing what’s coming out of our colleges, and it isn’t good.

…And See What Comes Out!

Anyone would think the “educators” were purposely trying to destroy our country–and they’d be right.

Of course, now we’ve had a Democrat government imposed on us, so forget about government doing anything at all to correct the abuses of what we laughingly call “higher education.” They’re only there to throw gasoline onto the fire–the more useful idiots the schools turn out, the better they like it.

America might not survive its education system.