Category Archives: Education

April 26, 2017

Brittany Pettibone – No Campus For White Men With Scott Greer (Video)

I chat with Daily Caller editor and columnist, Scott Greer, about what motivated him to write his book, No Campus For White Men, identity politics, diversity, hate crime hoaxes, the MSM’s role in fomenting anti-White rhetoric, and more.

April 25, 2017

Forbidden Knowledge: A Conversation with Charles Murray (Audio)

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book The Bell Curve, the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics.

Charles Murray is a political scientist and author. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve (coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein), sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure. Murray’s other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Human Accomplishment, and In Our Hands. His 2012 book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 describes an unprecedented divergence in American classes over the last half century.

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Students demand Pomona rescind offer to prof because she’s white

Students at Pomona College have published a letter demanding that administrators rescind their offer to hire Sociology Professor Alice Goffman because she’s white. The letter complains that the Sociology Department has not hired enough faculty of color to match the increased proportion of minority students. It also cites criticisms of Alice Goffman’s book about the impact of the drug war on inner-city communities, yet ignores the praise the book has received from other scholars.

Students at Pomona College have published a demand letter urging administrators to rescind their offer to hire Sociology Professor Alice Goffman because she’s white.

The “Letter to the Pomona College Sociology Department,” published last Friday argues that by hiring Goffman, the administration has neglected their commitment to promoting diversity and supporting women of color.

The collective of “Sociology students, alumni, and allies” open their letter by expressing their “anger” and “concern” regarding Goffman’s hire, calling it a “failure” to address the lack of professors of color on campus.

Further, they argue that because the majority (56.7 percent) of students in the Sociology department are now people of color, it is problematic for the department to continue hiring white people.

“The Sociology Department at Pomona College has not consistently had enough full-time faculty members of color to support its marginalized students,” they argue. “The vast majority of Sociology majors are students of color (and most are women of color), but the faculty are not at all representative of their students’ diversity.”

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Conservative Activist Has Advice On How Trump Can Fix College Indoctrination (Video)

Kirk’s message to parents? Your child will be indoctrinated; it is just a matter of how hard they fight it. Colleges, he says, are now effectively promoting America as an evil country, free enterprise is fundamentally flawed, and what we need is a one world government.

Listening to the nation’s premier campus activist for the center-right, one wonders how many parents knowingly put their children on the front-lines for a historic struggle over America’s free speech.

Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of the successful Turning Point USA, a seemingly fearless nonprofit helping young people be bold in defending America’s founding principles and economic liberties. His passion for ideas, principles and values, in the face of growing political correctness, is palpable in this exclusive video interview for The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Students are finding colleges to be increasingly intolerant propaganda machines. Students face social abuse, threats, intimidation and violence if they believe America’s founding principles had innate merit or if they believe in traditional values.

The radicalized and intolerant left is “out of control, and literally censoring speech on campus,” according to Kirk. After the election, as the left went into overdrive on campuses, TPUSA also found new growth, energy, and enthusiasm pulling away from the left’s intolerance.

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April 23, 2017

Those ‘Snowflakes’ Have Chilling Effects Even Beyond the Campus

Academic intolerance is the product of ideological aggression, not a psychological disorder.

Student thuggery against non-leftist viewpoints is in the news again. Agitators at Claremont McKenna College, Middlebury College, and the University of California’s Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses have used threats, brute force and sometimes criminal violence over the past two months in efforts to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos, Charles Murray, Ann Coulter and me from speaking. As commencement season approaches, expect “traumatized” students to try to disinvite any remotely conservative speaker, an effort already under way at Notre Dame with regard to Vice President Mike Pence.

This soft totalitarianism is routinely misdiagnosed as primarily a psychological disorder. Young “snowflakes,” the thinking goes, have been overprotected by helicopter parents, and now are unprepared for the trivial conflicts of ordinary life.

“The Coddling of the American Mind,” a 2015 article in the Atlantic, was the most influential treatment of the psychological explanation. The movement to penalize certain ideas is “largely about emotional well-being,” argued Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Jonathan Haidt of New York University. The authors took activists’ claims of psychological injury at face value and proposed that freshmen orientations teach students cognitive behavioral therapy so as to preserve their mental health in the face of differing opinions.

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April 22, 2017

The Crisis of Western Civ

These days, the whole idea of Western civ is assumed to be reactionary and oppressive. All I can say is, if you think that was reactionary and oppressive, wait until you get a load of the world that comes after it.

Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.” They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the Egyptians, through Athens, Magna Carta, the Age of Faith, the Renaissance and the Declaration of the Rights of Man. The series was phenomenally successful, selling over two million copies.

That series encapsulated the Western civilization narrative that people, at least in Europe and North America, used for most of the past few centuries to explain their place in the world and in time. This narrative was confidently progressive. There were certain great figures, like Socrates, Erasmus, Montesquieu and Rousseau, who helped fitfully propel the nations to higher reaches of the humanistic ideal.

This Western civ narrative came with certain values — about the importance of reasoned discourse, the importance of property rights, the need for a public square that was religiously informed but not theocratically dominated. It set a standard for what great statesmanship looked like. It gave diverse people a sense of shared mission and a common vocabulary, set a framework within which political argument could happen and most important provided a set of common goals.

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April 20, 2017

We Few, We Miserable Few

Claremont students’ missive misses the mark.

Black students at Pomona College and neighboring schools in Claremont, California, have published an open letter declaring their hostility to free speech—other people’s free speech, that is. The letter shows that the faculty of the Claremont colleges are failing in their most basic educational duties.

The manifesto, written by “We, few of the Black students here at Pomona College and the Claremont Colleges,” was triggered by a statement on academic freedom by outgoing Pomona College President David Oxtoby. Oxtoby’s statement in turn responded to a student blockade that tried to shut down a talk on policing I was supposed to give at Claremont McKenna College on April 6. Leave aside for a moment the signatories’ unblemished ignorance regarding free speech and the role of unfettered discourse in creating their own liberties. Viewed purely formally, the letter is a major embarrassment to the faculty of Pomona and the Claremont colleges.

It is filled with excruciating solecisms (“Though this institution as well as many others including this entire country, have been founded upon the oppression and degradation of marginalized bodies, it has a liability to protect the students that it serves”); garbled regurgitations of High Theory (“The notion of discourse, when it comes to discussions about experiences and identities, deters the ‘Columbusing’ of established realities and truths [coded as ‘intellectual inquiry’] that the institution promotes”); and sheer head-scratchers of incomprehensibility (“To conclude our statement, we invite you to respond to this email by Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 4:07 pm [since we have more energy to expend on the frivolity of this institution and not Black lives].)” (Gnawing question: Why not a 4:08 pm deadline?)

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April 19, 2017

‘These Institutions Are Betraying Their Own Values’—Here’s How Offended Students Seized Power on Campus

At Middlebury, Claremont, Wellesley, and elsewhere, censorship is winning because faculty and administrators won’t fight it.

In the wake of the mob violence against Charles Murray at Middlebury College and Heather MacDonald at Claremont McKenna College, it’s getting harder to deny that there is a censorship problem at American college campuses.

“These cases are proliferating,” Nicholas Christakis, the former head of Yale University’s Silliman College, told Reason in an exclusive interview.

Christakis, readers will recall, faced his own mob of unfriendly students a year and a half ago, after his wife—an early childhood educator—sent a campus-wide email pushing back against the administration’s opposition to offensive Halloween costumes. The students implored Christakis to affirm that it was his job as an administrator to be their father figure on campus and provide a safe space where they would feel protected from emotional discomfort; when Christakis refused to do so—reasoning that learning is sometimes uncomfortable—they demanded his resignation.

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#Moldylocks: Learn who weaponized Berkeley Antifa girl (Video)

Ezra Levant of TheRebel.media looks at the “before and after” pix of the Antifa girl who got punched at the Patriots Day riot in Berkeley.

April 18, 2017

Understanding the Campus Free-Speech Crisis

Without an intervention by the public through its elected representatives, the structure of the anti-free-speech university is locked-in for the foreseeable future.

What’s gone wrong on our college campuses and how can we fix it? This past week, Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald, a knowledgeable supporter of America’s criminal justice system and thoughtful critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, was repeatedly shouted down by protesters at UCLA, then silenced and forced to escape with a police escort the next day, during what should have been her talk at Claremont McKenna College.

These incidents follow the February riot that forced the cancellation of a Milo Yiannopoulos talk at UC Berkeley, and the March shout-down at Middlebury College of conservative Charles Murray, followed by the violent attack that sent Murray’s liberal interlocutor, Professor Allison Stanger, to the hospital.

The immediate lesson of the UCLA shout-down and the Claremont shut-down is that widespread condemnation by all sides of the Berkeley and Middlebury incidents has not restored campus free speech. On the contrary, America’s colleges continue their descent into low-grade anarchy.

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