By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
No doubt many educators and the some in the general public would be deeply offended at the suggestion that the educational establishment is a root cause of school violence. Yet for years educrats in public schools and in higher education have been hard at work undermining traditional values that have made American such a great country. God is no longer allowed in schools, (although Allah is made welcome), the traditional family has been redefined by the LGBT community, and even our biological gender is said to be a matter of personal choice. The Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance are either ignored of mocked. White males of school age have been accused of a myriad of evils, including inherent racism and “toxic masculinity.” And many of those same males are put on anti-depressants and other neuroleptics at the urging of school psychologists and other “experts.” America is said to be an evil exploiter of the world’s resources, imperialistic and racist to boot.
Does that make you mad? Might all of that poison spewed by today’s educators make someone angry enough to commit violence. It’s certainly worth looking into.
In higher education, Andrew Sullivan has cast his gaze on what he regards as a disturbing aspect of American life — the extension of speech suppression and “identity politics” from colleges and universities into the larger society. The hothouse plants of campus mores have become invasive species undermining and crowding out the beneficent flora of the larger free democratic society.
Sullivan can be seen as a kind of undercover spy on campuses, to which he is invited often to speak — because of his bona fides as a cultural reformer — by those probably ignorant of the parenthetical “conservative” in his 1989 article. As Jonathan Rauch did in his 2004 book, “Gay Marriage,” Sullivan argued that same-sex marriage, by including those previously excluded, would strengthen rather than undermine family values and bourgeois domesticity. That now seems to be happening.
The spread of campus values to the larger society would — and is intended to — have the opposite effect.
Take the proliferation of campus speech codes. Americans of a certain age have trouble believing that colleges and universities have rules banning supposedly hurtful speech. They can remember when campuses were the part of America most open to dissent. Now students are disciplined for handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution outside a tiny isolated “free speech zone.”
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, known as FIRE, keeps a tally of campus speech restrictions and challenges codes and actions that violate the First Amendment (in public institutions) or private schools’ own commitments. Its 2018 list of the 10 worst colleges for free speech includes Harvard, Northwestern, Fordham and the University of California, Berkeley.
Campus administrators have infamously declined to restrain or rebuke mobs of student “social justice warriors” who press to block conservative speakers and violently protest if they dare to appear. Examples include Charles Murray at Middlebury and Ben Shapiro at Berkeley. Students at Brown asserted that Townhall’s Guy Benson isn’t covered by the First Amendment.
The result, says Sullivan, is that “silence on any controversial social issue is endemic on college campuses” and, he adds ominously, “now everywhere.” Last year, Google fired engineer James Damore for writing an internal memo that the CEO, with pathetic dishonesty, characterized as bigoted.
There is increasing evidence that Google, Facebook and Twitter — whose leaders flatter themselves as enablers of free communication and neutral disseminators of information — are suppressing conservative opinions as “fake news.” Those aware of campus life will not be comforted with the knowledge that the decisions about what gets downplayed or deleted are being made by “social justice warriors” recently hired from campuses.
So before listen to calls from the left for “sensible gun control” let’s take a the damage to society inflicted on us by progressive education