But from what I’ve seen and heard lately, grades and accreditation increasingly matter more than the human touch. Administrators and humanities colleagues at other campuses tell me that income and employment prospects are #1 in the minds of the “customers,” not an intense engagement with professors. It used to be the case that parents and students demanded small classes and lots of instructor attention.
On the other side, a handful of red states have tried, despite federal pressure, to create a fairer system. North Carolina and North Dakota enacted laws requiring schools to allow accused students to have lawyers. ) And now Georgia’s Board of Regents has made a move. (UNC then moved to weaken the provision by changing its policies to limit lawyers’ roles.
Harold Bloom termed these bilious progressives the School of Resentment, and in my view, the Nietzschean tag fit even though I hated Reagan and all the other Republicans as much as anybody. But their presentation was so bitter and anti-intellectual that it didn’t impress many colleagues across the campus, not to mention observers in the public sphere. Liberals didn’t view the Western heritage that way, and it wasn’t how they talked about reform, either. In fact, it alienated them. The professors I had in the 1980s were solidly Democrat (that is, anti-Reagan) and fully in favor of affirmative action and abortion rights. They wanted to see Geraldine Ferraro Vice President and they acknowledged all the oppressions of the past, but they hadn’t learned to characterize their own teaching of Great Books as another one of them.
Red Hat Society – Home of the British Red Hatters. A few years ago, a lady named Jenny Joseph wrote a poem. Welcome to the home of the British Red Hatters.
There may well have been individuals among the protesters who held more complicated and historically nuanced views of America, but they were not driving the Alt-Right provocateurs or the counter-protesters, both of whom were in the grip of their oppositional manias. Racial reductionists are not necessarily violent and not necessarily apologists for violence. But both sides clearly have attracted thuggish followers. Antifa protesters carrying baseball bats and two-by-fours are not showing up to celebrate the legacy of Gandhi. In Charlottesville last Saturday, we saw the collision of partisans of these two forms of reductionism.
The fact that, with little optimism, deBoer appeals to self-preservation to get professors to respect these standards shows how contemptuously they are regarded in the academy. Elected officials who fail to uphold academic principles in the only language academics understand—by eliminating faculty lines and slashing budgets—will vindicate academia’s contempt for intellectual freedom, and for the taxpayers who subsidize higher education.
He graduated and made a successful 25-year career in public and private practice and retired last year in comfort. Why don’t adjuncts and lecturers whining about low pay, no respect, and job insecurity do the same. They have strong SAT skills and can do well in the Information Economy. Why remain in academia on the bottom rung. One friend from graduate school took one-year positions at state universities for two or three years, then dropped the whole thing and went to law school. It is easy to tell them to face facts and move on, to find something else.
Framed as courses designed to help students “transitioning into their first year of college,” two courses to be taught by diversity staff—not regular faculty– will focus heavily on ideological indoctrination. The themes of AUx2 emphasize the correct viewpoints on marginalization and victimization:.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Please click on the link below to view Jenny Joseph reading her. British Red Hatters: Home: About.
, will have the long reverberations of Kent State, but the mainstream press is trying very hard to give the whole Charlottesville debacle that kind of watershed significance. I don’t know that Heather Heyer’s death, apparently at the hands of a 20-year-old neo-Nazi, James Alex Fields, Jr.
They haven’t convinced undergraduates of their own value. At some point, one would think, they would acknowledge their failure and perhaps even question whether their whether their intellectual creations share some of the blame. We have had a leadership that has prosecuted Queer Theory, Political Criticism, and a host of other avant garde notions with a high measure of self-importance. This institutional failure is more devastating than the intellectual failures of the recent humanities. They haven’t kept the administrators in their corner. But they’ll never have to. But these putatively brilliant eggheads haven’t been able to preserve their own departments.
(Her trial is pending. Noelle Velentzas was arrested in 2015 for plotting to prepare an explosive device to be detonated in a jihadist-inspired terrorist attack in the United States. But the record of the following three CUNY graduates at least puts the question on the table. Farrooque Ahmed was sentenced in 2011 to 23 years in prison for his role in planning bombings in Washington D. Syed Hashmi was sentenced in 2010 to 15 years for attempting to supply military gear to Al Qaeda. ) Is there another university that can boast such a record. No one can say, based on existing information, whether the favorable attitude of CUNY faculty towards violent radicals affects the students.