By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Last Thursday Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger was injured by protesters Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker driven from campus by student rioters. Prof. Stanger was treated at Porter Hospital and released.
Dr. Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve and a political scientist who has been criticized for his views on race and intelligence, was invited to speak on campus by a student group. He was greeted late Thursday afternoon outside McCullough Student Center by hundreds of protesters, and inside Wilson Hall, students turned their backs to him and booed when he got up to speak.
College spokesman Bill Burger said that when Murray and Professor Stanger were departing the school “The protesters then violently set upon the car, rocking it, pounding on it, jumping on and trying to prevent it from leaving campus,” he said. “At one point a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public Safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus.
Imagine you are the proud parents of a daughter who just got the thick envelope signifying acceptance at Middlebury. You now have the privilege of paying over $66,000 per year for your child’s education. And what does your child learn at Middlebury? Employability may not be one of the characteristics of a Middlebury graduate unless your child gets a paid position with Black Live Matter.
Your child will learn some other things enumerated here:
- Virtue signaling is the academic version of “holier than thou.” It is a way to demonstrate one’s moral superiority. Virtue signaling is a handy way to insult anyone whose ideas you dislike by calling them a racist or a homophobe. It is highly unlikely that any of the rioting students read any of Dr. Murray’s books such as “The Bell Curve” but they heard it was racist, so that’s all they needed to riot.
- Feelings are more important than facts. Today’s Middlebury snowflakes don’t want to hear ideas that are contrary to their own. It’s hurts their feelings and causes them to seek out “safe spaces.” These feelings have caused college administrators to establish “speech codes” to prevent, not encourage free speech.
- The traditional goal of education is to open the mind to new ideas. But Middlebury and so many other colleges today are having none of that. Any ideas contrary to the narrow view academic left are Streng Verboten!
- Weak character was displayed by Middlebury President Laurie Patton who before Dr. Murray schedule lecture, vaguely attacked his ideas. After the riot, President Patton offered a weak response:”Today our community begins the process of addressing the deep and troubling divisions that were on display last night. I am grateful to those who share this goal and have offered to help. We must find a path to establishing a climate of open discourse as a core Middlebury value, while also recognizing critical matters of race, inclusion, class, sexual and gender identity, and the other factors that too often divide us. That work will take time, and I will have more to say about that in the days ahead.”
- Discipline required to study and learn new ideas was a time honored way or acquiring knowledge and subsequently wisdom. Fugeddaboutit-see point 2.
So, dear parents, perhaps you can put that $66,000 per year to better use. Invest it in a good business and suggest to your children that they consider serving a few years in the Navy where they will learn a great deal.