Archive for ‘academia’

November 26, 2008

21st-century indoctrination

Mark Steyn:

A few months back, my little boy came home from Second Grade and said to me, “Guess what we learned today?” I said: “Rosa Parks.” He said: “How did you know that?” I said: “Because it’s always Rosa Parks.”

I’d laugh, except it’s no joke. The Historic Victimhood Narrative is virtually the only history or civics taught in American public schools today. “America The Beautiful” has been replaced by “America The Oppressive.” Parents who send their offspring to these government-run indoctrination camps should be prosecuted for child abuse.

UPDATE: Matthew Yglesias offers the excuse that the “greater attention given in recent decades to the contributions of women and ethnic minority groups is about trying to expand the circle of people who feel invested in the national narrative.”

This is what Marxists call “social history” or “people’s history,” and is the sort of thing that leftist academic activists like Howard Zinn have made popular in America. Scouring history for relatively obscure figures who can be made into political heroes — role models for The Movement, as it were — is the sort of propaganda tactic that anyone familiar with the Soviet Union will recognize: “Comrade Pavlik — be like him!”

Children are taught to reverence a pantheon of symbolic personalities whose biographies are didactically rendered in such a way as to ignore whatever fundamental reality might contradict their function as symbols. The student/subject of these thought-control projects develops a conditioned response to the invocation of the holy names. Obversely, social didacticism requires certain demon characters who symbolize oppression and injustice, who are subjected to the same kind of one-dimensional treatment.

The student subjected to such politicized “history” cannot be said to think about history. Rather, he has an autonomic reflex, and reacts instinctively as he has been trained to react.

One of the reasons that women and minority conservatives are so vilified is that they contradict the Left’s narrative of women and minorities as “change agents” on the side of Progress. Our Marxist indoctrinators teach children to reverence a catalog of non-white-male symbolic heroes whose martyrdom and/or courageous protests are exalted as archetypes of progressive activism. This is why college leftists always react so furiously when they encounter a Michelle Malkin or a or Shelby Steele or a Star Parker contradicting today’s latest leftist dogma.

October 23, 2008

Academics support Ayers

Three thousand commie professors:

More than 3,000 educators nationwide, including six Brown University professors, have signed a statement supporting William Ayers — the man Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain called a “washed-up terrorist” at the third presidential debate. . . .
In response to the McCain campaign’s focus on Ayers’ radical acts of the 1960s and 1970s, “Friends and supporters of Bill Ayers” are circulating a statement online to vouch for the professor he has become.

Check and see if your kid’s professor is on the list. Meanwhile, Comrade Ayers and Comrade Dohrn have a new book coming out:

Arguing that white supremacy has been the dominant political system in the United States since its earliest days — and that it is still very much with us — the discussion points to unexamined bigotry in the criminal justice system, election processes, war policy, and education. The book draws upon the authors’ own confrontations with authorities during the Vietnam era, reasserts their belief that racism and war are interwoven issues, and offers personal stories about their lives today as parents, teachers, and reformers.

Shut up, you racist honkies — but keep signing those tuition checks so they can teach your kids to hate you!

August 15, 2008

Video: College debate professors demonstrate advanced rhetorical techniques

As Ace says, “latter-day Ciceros”:

My college professors never mooned each other or called each other “f***ing a**holes.” Maybe this explains my lack of progressive enlightenment.

UPDATE: I’m on my third viewing now — this is better than the Olympics — and love how the Emory University professor gets up on a chair and starts ranting (about 7:25) about “community”:

I think most, if not all, of you want to build bridges. And if you don’t want to build bridges, I’m not talking to you!

Beyond parody . . .

August 3, 2008

Eggheads for Obama

While searching for demographic data on the current election, I came across this from Gallup:

Barack Obama has by far his greatest strength among voters with postgraduate education, while John McCain has his highest level of support among voters who have a college degree but no postgraduate education.

Obama wins 54%-39% among those with a postgraduate education. In other words, Obama mostly represents “Hope” for Ph.Ds. The trend is most remarkable among white voters, the pointy-heads are the only educational subgroup that Obama wins:

So, while whites with a bachelor’s degree favor McCain by a 17-point margin, whites with graduate degrees favor Obama by 7 points — a 24-point gap between the academic elite and the middle class.

UPDATE: Remarking on Maureen Dowd’s’s Obama-as-Darcy analogy, certified egghead Ann Althouse asks:

If we’re going to get all English proffy, heavy on the race-and-gender talk, shouldn’t we critique Dowd for portraying the black man’s pursuit of political office as a sexual exploit?

Yowww. Claw it out amongst yourselves, ladies. Good thing I resisted the urge to call that post “MoDo Gets Her Groove Back.”

UPDATE II: More poll data from Gallup, showing that — just like our academic superiors — those enlightened Europeans also prefer Obama:

Oui, nous pouvons!

UPDATE III: The eminently eggheaded George Will points out that it is Obama who keeps injecting race into the campaign:

Via Hot Air, where Ed Morrisey says:

It wasn’t an inclusive statement, or a historical note, but an allegation that
McCain and his campaign used or will use race as a fear tactic. Unfortunately,
[liberals] have exactly zero examples of this to bolster these smears.

Yes, but having “zero examples” never stopped ’em. They’ve got exactly zero examples of successful liberal programs, but yet they keep advocating more.

UPDATE IV: Andrew Sullivan (a European import with a graduate degree from Harvard) accuses the McCain campaign of “playing the argula card.”