When it comes to higher education in America today the emphasis is on indoctrination, not education. Not only do their young charges generally graduate stupid and lazy, which is natural for all young people out of uniform, but they are specifically ill suited to take on the responsibilities of American citizenship. Why? Because they know little about their country’s history, founding, or ethos. Instead, they have been fed for decades a steady diet of Marxist cant, socialist economics, and blame America masochism. A new school wants to change that.
The University of Austin’s mission is “freedom of inquiry, freedom of conscience, and civil discourse.” It announced its creation Monday morning. Already hundreds of scholars have asked to join the institution.
“One fellow even said ‘I’m caught in an insane asylum, everybody’s gone crazy, I will work for half,” a founding faculty fellow and former Portland State University professor, Peter Boghossian, told Fox. “They’re desperate to get out. They can’t stand the illiberalism.
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“They can’t stand the censoriousness, they can’t stand the diversity statements,” he continued. “They can’t stand pretending to believe something that not only do they not believe, they just know it is false, but they can’t do anything about it lest they receive accusations of bigotry or discrimination.”
This isn’t surprising. A friend who is a high level academic at a university recently commented on the general state of free inquiry in America today, “I am informed that the American Psychological Association is rewriting their ethical rules so that, in order to be considered to behave in an ethical manner, you must promote social justice. I have also heard from some sources that therapists are telling clients things like ‘your problems stem from bearing the weight of whiteness.’ Normally, I would put stuff like this down to wacky gossip . . . but the first one come from a reliable source and the second from a good many sources . . . so . . . . Salem 1692 anyone?”
Back to the school. “The purpose of the university, it’s based upon free speech, free inquiry, the open exchange of ideas. It is an on-ground campus,” Boghossian told press. “This has people from all over the intellectual, political, moral spectrum. When I say intellectual spectrum, I mean they’ve published different things, scholarly outlooks, different epistemologies, different ways to approach problems, and it’s needed because our institutions now have been hijacked by maniacs.
“It’s not liberals who have taken over the institutions,” Boghossian added. “It’s authoritarians who have taken over the institutions–traditional academic institutions.” Indeed. If this school succeeds it will act as a torch in the darkness that now pervades our colleges and universities. There can be another place, Grove City and Hillsdale also come to mind, where students can actually learn, not be merely indoctrinated.