Friday, August 05, 2016

Alumni disgusted with colleges

The NY Times reports:
A backlash from alumni is an unexpected aftershock of the campus disruptions of the last academic year. Although fund-raisers are still gauging the extent of the effect on philanthropy, some colleges — particularly small, elite liberal arts institutions — have reported a decline in donations, accompanied by a laundry list of complaints.

Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today’s college culture. Among their laments: Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics. They are allowed to take too many frivolous courses. They have repudiated the heroes and traditions of the past by judging them by today’s standards rather than in the context of their times. Fraternities are being unfairly maligned, and men are being demonized by sexual assault investigations. And university administrations have been too meek in addressing protesters whose messages have seemed to fly in the face of free speech.
Unexpected? Why give money to people who seem to be opposed to much of what is great about Western Civilization?

Usually ppl donating to colleges want to advance civilization, not thwart it.

Then there is the matter of how the college spend the money their receive. Look at who they admit, and who they reject, and at who gets a free ride and who pays the big bucks. It is not a social or economic model that I would want to endorse.

Inside Higher Ed reports:
Many colleges have adopted affirmative consent policies in recent years to help combat sexual assault. But some research suggests that the policies are far removed from how students actually request and receive consent.
In fairness, those policies were partially forced by the Obama administration.

Update: Here is an example of bad college behavior:
DePaul University has denied a request to have conservative commentator Ben Shapiro give a speech at the university, citing security concerns.
For Ben Shapiro? He does not even have any extreme views, as far as I know. He is very Jewish and I think he is a Trump-hater. These universities let commies speak, but not anti-commies.

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