Tag Archives: education

Orientation or indoctrination? Forcing political doctrine on students is an affront to the First Amendment and higher education

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Sam Foer

"It was August 2015, and I was entering Hampshire College as an excited freshman, ready to begin an undergraduate career that I hoped would be characterized by exploration and intellectual challenge. Hampshire appealed to me because it advertised itself as an institution that fostered civic-mindedness, emphasized critical inquiry and academic rigor, and stood by progressive values. I assumed that most of my incoming class applied for similar reasons. Hampshire sounded like an ideal institution for independent thinkers. This was going to be a dream come true! Unfortunately, the opposite was the case, and prompted my transfer to my current school. It quickly became clear that Hampshire’s advertisements were disingenuous (or I just didn’t know what being progressive actually meant), and that it was infringing on its students’ freedom of conscience to advance a political and social agenda. These weren’t the progressive values I stood by." (07/21/17)


When higher education morphs into ideological indoctrination, expect fewer customers

Source: Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille

"In the past two years, high-profile companies including Ernst & Young, Penguin Random House, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers have publicly deemphasized college degrees in their hiring processes. E&Y 'found no evidence to conclude that previous success in higher education correlated with future success in subsequent professional qualifications undertaken.' The other companies made similar announcements. They won’t discriminate against degree-holders, they say. But they’ll happily hire those who haven’t bothered with the time and expense of college, and train them in-house. How many other companies are making the same changes quietly?" (07/12/17)


The Purdue-Kaplan earthquake

Source: Heartland Institute
by Jane Shaw

"The news that Purdue University, Indiana’s public land-grant university, will buy Kaplan University, an online for-profit school, managed to produce only a small blip in national media attention in April. For people in higher education, however, it was an earthquake whose tremors may reverberate for years to come." (07/11/17)


What attending a "green light" university taught me about free speech

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Julian Kothmann

"The number of schools abandoning restrictive speech codes is growing — FIRE granted 'green light' ratings to East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte last month, bringing the number of institutions earning FIRE’s highest rating for free speech to 33 nationwide. While it remains crucial to analyze and reform illiberal speech codes, examining schools that protect students’ First Amendment rights is equally valuable. Doing so sharpens the distinction between tolerant and repressive policies, provides a goal toward which advocates can work, and illuminates the benefits free and open debate can provide students and university communities. My school, the University of Virginia, earned FIRE’s green light rating in 2010. Now, seven years later, a year at the university has provided me with insight into how UVA upholds its commitment to free speech and the impact this commitment has on students." (07/10/17)


The benefits of small government also apply to schools

Teresa Mull

Source: Heartland Institute
by Teresa Mull

"A recent trip across the countryside caused me to notice something I hadn’t paid much attention to before: small, empty neighborhood schools. An old-timer I was with said when he traveled through the area for work 50 years ago, those schools were functioning, and little kids would be out playing in the schoolyard when he’d drive by. Most of those schools, however, now sit vacant. Small American towns with small schools and small children playing in the schoolyards — the sort of darling image that’s reminiscent of the simpler, happier times portrayed in Norman Rockwell pictures — no longer seem to be a part of the modern educational landscape." (07/10/17)


It's disadvantaged groups that suffer most when free speech is curtailed on campus

Source: The Atlantic
by Musa al-Gharbi & Jonathan Haidt

"Harvard President Drew Faust gave a ringing endorsement of free speech in her recent commencement address. There was, however, one passage where Faust asserted that the price of Harvard’s commitment to free speech 'is paid disproportionately by' those students who don’t fit the traditional profile of being 'white, male, Protestant, and upper class.' That point has been illustrated by a few recent controversies over speakers whose words were deemed offensive by some members of those non-traditional groups of students. But focusing solely on those controversies, and on a handful of elite campuses, risks obscuring a larger point: Disadvantaged groups are also among the primary beneficiaries of vigorous free-speech protections." (07/08/17)


How mass schooling perpetuates inequality

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

While visiting a public park out-of-state recently, we met a young boy who shares many interests with my 8-year-old son and is also homeschooled. They hit it off immediately and we met up with Matt, along with his mom and younger brother, several times. We learned that life is tough for this family. Matt's father isn't around, and his mother struggles as a single mom supporting two young children on her own. She pulled Matt out of public school a couple of years ago feeling that it wasn't working for him. He was labeled as hyperactive, a troublemaker, a slow reader, a kid with a temper. As I interacted with this engaging, polite, energetic boy, it became obvious to me how mass schooling would be a terrible fit for him — a square peg in a round hole. … That is why I was heartbroken to hear that Matt is going back to school in the fall." (06/30/17)


ABA recommendations on college due process highlight problems with status quo

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth

"Yesterday, The American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section published a report and recommendations on how colleges and universities should handle allegations of sexual misconduct, addressing several serious shortcomings in campus disciplinary procedures across the country. While schools that implement the recommendations would be taking a valuable step toward ensuring students are not erroneously found responsible for sexual misconduct, the recommendations do not go as far as FIRE would like when it comes to guaranteeing safeguards for due process." (06/27/17)


A need to liberate children and families

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"Although we trace our 'modern' school system back just to the Prussian system developed in the 1830s (or thereabouts), we can see its origins all the way back in Egypt and the Babylonian Empire, where the young of the 'elite' of conquered lands were taught (indoctrinated) to serve their new empires. Similar institutions were founded and operated in China, India, Persia, the Byzantine Empire, and others. These techniques from Antiquity were found and honed to a more functional system, by the Prussians, by the educrats of New England, and then by the Marxist-Leninists and National Socialists of Russia, Italy, Germany, and Spain. It is a dirty history, which should make us sick to our stomach." (06/22/17)


Divorce and separation of and in universities and colleges

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"What or who should control training and education? Especially technical education, such as science, engineering, medicine, mathematics, and related fields? What we have now is NOT working, and increasingly dysfunctional." (06/21/17)