Intellectual Takeout by Annie Holmquist
During a recent speech given at Intellectual Takeout’s Spring Gala, author Charles Murray recalled a conversation he had with his daughter just over 10 years ago, when she was a student at Middlebury College. At that time, Murray asked his daughter if she had been able to determine the political leanings of her professors. His daughter answered in the negative, a fact which surprised Murray, particularly since his daughter was quite astute when it came to picking up political cues.
As almost anyone would recognize, things have changed, and politics are becoming a regular feature of the classroom.
That last fact was addressed over the weekend by Finnegan Schick, a senior majoring in English at Yale University, in an article for Heterodox Academy. According to Schick, the level of partisan politics in the classroom has become all-consuming since the election of Trump – even to the point that normal class topics are being forgotten in the process:
“Universities — once characterized by a detachment from overt partisanship — have become hotbeds of anti-Trump ‘resistance.’ In one sense, then, Trump’s America really is ‘victimizing’ students and faculty, insofar as academics has taken a backseat to politics. The real victim of Trump’s presidency may turn out to be a generation of adults whose liberal arts educations were hijacked by political debate.”
Schick goes on to assure readers that his beef with this new trend does not stem from his own political leanings. He, in fact, is a progressive who supported Hillary Clinton in the last election. Yet in spite of this support, Schick recognizes that it’s not helping him grow in knowledge as an English major if every class is fixated on a dislike of Trump:
“Literature is ideally a way of broadening our social imaginations. If authors are only worth reading insofar as they inform modern phenomena, then the entire English canon is of mere antiquarian interest and can be summarily dismissed.
Classrooms need not be purged of politics altogether. That’s neither possible nor desirable. But professors must recognize the line between timeless political insights and rank partisanship. Politics in the classroom can also be a distraction from the syllabi and the space built into the curriculum for contextualizing historic sources with contemporary situations.”
It’s easy to look at this situation and conclude that it’s been caused by the new political era which Trump ushered in. But is there something deeper at work?
In his 1987 book, The Closing of the American Mind, the late University of Chicago professor Allan Bloom noted that college students were not receiving training in the core principles and ideas which have prevailed throughout history. Instead, he explained, they were being indoctrinated into a curriculum which focuses on popular societal trends and provides relatively little substance and depth of thought.
Is it possible that the highly-politicized university is the outgrowth of such a scenario? Have recent generations been trained to focus so much on relevancy that they can no longer think beyond current trends of race, class, gender, and other politicized issues? And as a result, have we created the political classroom beast which even progressive students are beginning to find tiresome and narrow-minded?
This post Hillary Supporter: Fixation on Trump is Ruining College Education was originally published on Intellectual Takeout by Annie Holmquist.
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Progressives are going insane but who cares. They are the party of obstructionists. They can’t handle the truth.
Independent Sentinel by S. Noble
On Thursday, the Senate published the revised healthcare bill titled, the Better Healthcare Reconciliation Act. It is not a complete replacement but it’s not simply a fix either. The bill is a refinement of the House bill.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer came out Thursday with their prepared remarks on the Senate healthcare bill as soon as it was released. These two must be speed readers since they already condemned it.
Democrats would not take part in the process of writing the healthcare bill but they do like to criticize it.
Senators have a week to read the 142-page bill and offer amendments. By way of contrast, Republicans had 24 hours to read the more than 2,000+-page Obamacare bill, but were not allowed to offer amendments.
Obamacare was written in secret and Republicans were not allowed to participate in the planning. With this new bill, however, Democrats were invited to participate in the writing of the bill and they refused, to a man.
It is clear that Republicans could present a bill written under a collaboration of Jesus, Allah and Yahweh and Democrats would have rejected it. Democrats are obstructionists. They are party of ‘no’.
The Better Healthcare Reconciliation Act can be read on this link[…]
The Mad Jewess by TMJ
Mafia Democrat Media Downplaying The Murder Of #SethRich
Gimme a friggin break. Seth Rich was the one transmitting information to Wikileaks and all of the info was against the DNC…..Rich winds up dead and the Democrat Mafia party wants us to believe they didn’t murder him? Please…Everyone now knows that the DNC is mob rule. And, if you don’t believe this, take meds.
The Podesta family and the Clinton family have gotten together with their Caporegimes in order to mock the murder of Seth Rich. This is so typical of these Communists. How many did the Commies murder in the last century? 100 million? That’s worse than Hitler. The Democrat Mob knows they’re all a bunch of murderous psychopaths.
Hillary made her bones long ago:
How do these Mafia Liberal bastards keep getting away with this!?
FOX retracted their story against Godmother, Hillary.
You’ll love this one. White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, hands chief White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl his lunch and then some.
We have Progressives on video word for word, the HYPOCRITES.
Was Comey so busy showboating that he did not see his termination coming? The signs were there.
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Young America’s Foundation engages with students across the country to inspire them with the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. YAF is the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement and introduces hundreds of thousands of young Americans to these principles every year, most of whom have never heard the arguments for freedom and personal responsibility before.