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Can Colleges Still Train Up America’s Future Leaders?

 

By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

 

America is a divided nation unlike any time in her past save the Civil war. Donald J. Trump is now president of the United States because 62 Million Americans voted for him. Yet President Trump, his ideas and the ideas of half of the national are unwelcome on college campuses. President Trump and his voters believe that our police keep Americans safe. The Black Lives Matter crowd believes that President Trump, all white Americans and specifically the police are racist. That point of view is prevalent on college campuses. Not only is that point of view prevalent, but anyone who disagrees with that point of view is subject to potential violence. How can students and their college administration enablers who believe ONE point of view-theirs-become leaders in a free society?

 

Heather MacDonald, a distinguished researcher and columnist was mobbed at her most recent event where she went to discuss the quaint notion that cops are not racist:

 

As Manhattan Institute scholar and “The War on Cops” author Heather MacDonald recounted in City Journal, she became “the target of such silencing tactics two days in a row last week” at Claremont McKenna College and UCLA. Baying protesters chanted, “We are here to shut down the f—ing fascist” and “From Oakland to Greece, f— the police.” She was forced to livestream her talk from an empty room while agitators pounded on the windows outside. Then she was whisked away in an unmarked Claremont Police Department van.

Here are few other examples of student intolerance that occurred within the past week:

At Wichita State University, the student government voted to refuse official recognition of the libertarian Young Americans for Liberty group because it supports the First Amendment. Since other chapters of the group across the country have invited controversial conservative speakers to their campuses, the Kansas safe-spacers argued, it would be “dangerous” to allow them to operate in Kansas.

And at Duquesne University, students have now declared that welcoming a Chick-fil-A on campus would put their “safe place” at “risk” because the founders of the fast-food company defended traditional marriage.

Students at the University of Notre Dame launched a protest last week against the school’s decision to invite Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker. Activist Imanne Mondane told the campus newspaper that she and her peers felt “unsafe” and threatened by “someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity.”

 

According to columnist Walter Williams:

“College diversity agendas are little more than a call for ideological conformity. Diversity only means racial, sex and sexual orientation quotas. In pursuit of this agenda, colleges spend billions of dollars on offices of diversity and inclusion, diversity classes, and diversity indoctrination. The last thing that diversity hustlers want is diversity in ideas. By the way, the next time you hear a college president boasting about how diverse his college is, ask him how many Republican faculty members there are in his journalism, psychology, English and sociology departments. In many cases, there are none, and in others, the ratio of Democrats to Republicans might be 20-to-1. Nearly 100 percent of political campaign contributions from liberal arts faculty go to Democrats. At Cornell University, for example, 97 percent of contributions from faculty went to Democrats. At Georgetown University, it was 96 percent.

A study by my George Mason University colleague Daniel B. Klein, along with Charlotta Stern, titled “Professors and Their Politics: The Policy Views of Social Scientists” (http://tinyurl.com/qxne3db), concluded: “The academic social sciences are pretty much a one-party system. Were the Democratic tent broad, the one-party system might have intellectual diversity. But the data show almost no diversity of opinion among the Democratic professors when it comes to the regulatory, redistributive state: they like it. Especially when it comes to the minimum wage, workplace-safety regulation, pharmaceutical regulation, environmental regulation, discrimination regulation, gun control, income redistribution, and public schooling.”

The likelihood that great leaders can be trained up in colleges where only one point of view is tolerated and all others are suppressed, is next to nil. Parents, look for the few remaining universities that will broaden your child’s mind, not shrink it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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