Full disclosure: I was a pretty conservative young man who attended a liberal northeastern US university in the 1980s. Had a great time, got a great education, met all different kinds of people and won and lost some debates along the way.
College made me a better version of who I was.
As the book says. “that was then, this is now”.
If anything, there is clearly less viewpoint diversity in college curriculum and programming. Higher ed bills this as a feature, not a bug.
In other words, they are proudly intolerant of all but the “progressive” viewpoint.
When I went off to school, my parents reasonably expected me to return intact when it came to values and beliefs. (They weren’t naive about college kids experimenting, and we all do.)
Nowadays, as your son or daughter is undergoing freshmen orientation, you need to think about what person the college will return to you in four-ish years time.
Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America wrote a column for Thefederalist.com about her son’s Virginia Tech orientation. Now, bear in mind that Tech has a revered tradition of excellence, a robust Army ROTC, and although it’s more recently known for the 2007 mass shooting, it also houses a war memorial honoring fallen heroes going back over a century. Hokies aren’t hippies.
She relates the shock of the PC indoctrination, starting with the school apologizing for stealing land from Indians, then giving everyone an ID badge with “preferred pronouns”, and the rest of the modern-day white-guilt, straight-guilt diversity suite, including:
“Parents, don’t be shocked if your kid comes home changed!”
Because, of course, that’s the plan.
Last fall, Professor Samuel Abrams of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times where he merely observed that colleges not only lack viewpoint diversity among faculty, but also among “administrators”—and these are the folks who have even more to do with campus life, dorm life and setting expectations than do professors.
Naturally, his students and colleagues responded to him with careful thought and reflection.
Just kidding—they vandalized his office, threatened his family and made up stories that he had raped students. Seems he hit a nerve.
Chances are, your son or daughter chose their school for a specific academic reason, with an eye down the road on a career or vocation.
You—and they—need to know that there are people waiting for them, not with coursework and lectures, but with propaganda and indoctrination.
You expect to get back a kiddo who’s smarter, wiser and ready for the world. A more mature version of the one you dropped off. You may get that. Or you may get someone who loathes you and how you raised him. Someone who mocks your God, impugns your politics and is less kind and empathetic.
Let the (tuition) buyer beware.
Penny Nance writes:
“Parents, donors, and alumni, if you identify with this experience, it’s up to you. Our institutions have gotten this out of hand because most people are silent, too afraid of the social media harassment and bullying tactics of liberal activists and professors. Speak up.
“Campus insanity has gone this far because we were silent. When do we say ‘enough’?”