The quality of university education in this country has been compromised by politicized courses and radical faculty. Such was the conclusion of a study released today by the National Association of Scholars (NAS).
The NAS report warned of a “crisis of competence” in higher education. Findings focused on the “corrupting effect of political activism in the University of California (UC).” What many have suspected in silence has now been said out loud.
The study was conducted and the report prepared by the California Association of Scholars (CAS), a division of the national organization. The two-year study found four prominent factors:
- A sharp increase in faculty members who self-identify as radicals.
- Curricula that promote political activism, in violation of UC regulations.
- Departments that erase the study of Western tradition.
- Suppression of free speech.
As a result, CAS president, John Ellis, cited the degradation of quality in a UC education as engendered by political activism. He lamented that open-minded inquiry has been replaced by dogmatism, thus creating disadvantage to students. He noted the erosion of public confidence in the University.
The nation’s university students anecdotally yet quietly report their personal experiences with left-of-center academicians. “I can’t get an A in the course unless I give the professor what he wants to hear,” said a student in my presence who asked not to be named “I can’t write my reports with any opposing political views.”
The CAS report quoted a student enduring a full professorial affront on capitalism in a U.S. history course. “He focused excessively on negative aspects of American history to portray a country of lies and contradictions, while applauding Socialists and Anarchists….He seemed to be more interested in creating Leftist activists than making sure students had an accurate grasp of U.S. History.” The student went on to say that the instructor “politicized every aspect of the course,” making “demonic human beings out of those who did not share his political views.” The student reported the instructor’s insistence that those not supporting affirmative action were racists.
It is no wonder that the nation sinks in a sea of far-left ideologies when this is what our kinds are taught in the schools. The ideals that made our country great — capitalism, business, and a free-market economy for growth — have no place in higher education these days. Our colleges and universities crank out political activists and socialists.
We are what we are. This is what we have become.